Improving Air Compliance With Industrial Waste Management

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Air compliance is an essential part of any facility management. While your facility may have systems in place that manage these emissions, do they consider emissions that come from waste when considering air reporting? Air quality consulting firms can help keep your business in compliance with provincial and federal laws.

Determining Your Emissions

This is an important step in your overall waste management. It includes where waste is stored and how it’s moved. Depending on your facility, you can calculate your emissions by requesting a report from your treatment facility or getting in touch with air quality assessment consultants.

The amount of waste your facility generates also determines the length of time it stays on site. Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG) and Small Quantity Generators (SQG) more often than not have waste on-site for longer. This means you’ll have to pay more attention to how the waste is stored.

Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) transport their waste much more frequently, meaning you’ll need to pay more attention to how the generators transport the waste and what effect this can have on the air. It’s important to know what your facility uses in order to calculate accurate assessments. Air quality assessment companies can aid you in calculating your emissions.

Particulate Matter

Particulate Matter (PM) has the potential to arise from the combustion of fuels, soil handling, and dust. This can be from mobile and stationary sources. In your facility, the first control of particulate matter should be vehicular. This means controlling emissions by transportation either through the transportation of the load, the vehicle’s location, and your facility’s road.

If transporting waste material on-site is producing a large amount of particulate matter (dust), cover it with a tarp or double-bag it. This reduces the amount put into the atmosphere. If vehicles are transporting the dusty material, ensure they stay well within the confines of the facility.

Waste placement and handling is another source of particulate matter. Waste with a high moisture content is less likely to become airborne and produce particulate matter. However, do not add excessive moisture as this can negatively impact the water quality of the ground and surface too as well as the waste handling. Experimenting to find the right water application or consulting air quality assessment companies are always good steps to take.

Another way to control particulate matter is to apply chemical suppressants to the waste. These chemicals make the particles stick together easily and, thus, make them easier to capture. This method is also a better alternative to water because you can use it less frequently, and you don’t run the risk of using too much or too little water. However, you need to make sure you’re using the right chemicals for the type of waste you produce. Air quality assessment consultants, like DigiSci, should be able to tell you which suppressants will be effective for your facility.