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What Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs? [Infographic]

Posted by Amy Harvell on Monday, December 12, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Ever wonder what makes a compact fluorescent light (CFL) work? What's inside those weird looking bulbs and why are they a better alternative to incandescent light bulbs? 

We've created this infographic to illuminate the facts about CFLs—why they're more energy efficient and how to dispose of them properly to avoid the release of mercury in the environment.

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Tags: environmental regulations, sustainable solutions, waste disposal

How Are Fish Like Light Bulbs?

Posted by Amy Harvell on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 10:15 AM


How are fish like light bulbs? This may seem like a riddle straight out of Wonderland, but it is not nearly as crazy as the Mad Hatter at tea time.

Ready for the answer...?

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Tags: waste disposal, mercury

The Basics of IDEM's New Wipes Rule

Posted by Amy Harvell on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

The final rule for managing solvent-contaminated wipes and reusable clothing was published by Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and became affective on July 3, 2015. So, how does that effect you?  This blog will give you the basics you need to determine how to handle these items.

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Tags: sanitary sewers, waste disposal, Wipes

Dispose of According to the Regulations...

Posted by Amy Harvell on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Are you in a position that you hear those words often and are frustrated with them?  Maybe you ask yourself – Please just tell me how!?  The hazardous waste regulations may be hard to follow and interpret, but don’t worry, these basic steps can get the process started.  

 First, ask yourself the following questions:

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Tags: waste disposal

GHS Requirements – The Basics for Labeling

Posted by Amy Harvell on Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In 2013, Wessler provided a webinar on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements as part of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Program.  These requirements are for employers that have employees working around chemicals.  As a reminder, employers were required to train their employees by December 1, 2013.  If you didn’t…well, better late than never – get employee training through our webinar.

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Tags: Test, Test, Test, Test,

Amy's Top 5 Tips for Chemical Handling

Posted by Amy Harvell on Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Chemical and waste handling is essential in maintaining good housekeeping and material storage practices. By planning ahead and properly storing chemicals, you can prevent pollution and spills.

Below are some of the top 5 Tips for Chemical Handling, along with our downloadable guide for handling used oil, general chemicals, universal waste and electronic waste.

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Tags: oil, EPA, hazardous chemicals

Old Fuel Can Affect Your Emergency Engines

Posted by Amy Harvell on Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Until recently, I had no idea that fuels could be considered “old.” Old fuels can wreak havoc on an engine. There are even organisms that can grow in diesel fuel! Thanks to a recent training presentation, I am now better informed and I had to pass along the information to you.

Fuel Performance

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Tags: professional engineer, emergency planning, engine fuel

Waste Oil or Used Oil? Hazardous Waste Rule for Oil

Posted by Amy Harvell on Thursday, February 05, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Most municipalities are familiar with handling oil from activities associated with maintenance of vehicles and equipment. When used oil is collected and handled properly, it can be a source of income.

Oil is drained from vehicles or machinery because it has become dirty and no longer serves its intended purpose effectively. Even though it can no longer be used for its original purpose, once it is collected, reconditioned, or re-refined, oils can be used or sold in some form over and over again.

So, a used oil recycler may pay for used oil. The first part of used oil handling is understanding what is and what is not considered used oil.

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Tags: oil, IDEM, hazardous chemicals

EPCRA, Wastewater, and Air…Oh my!

Posted by Amy Harvell on Thursday, December 04, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Feeling like you just want to close your eyes and click your heels during the reporting season?  You are not the only one. The more regulations implemented means the more paper work for your community or facility.

For some of you, this will be your first Annual Notification for your air permit and for others, completing your Annual Report for your Pretreatment Program is commonplace. But make them all due around the same time and you may feel like a house dropped on you. This blog serves as a friendly reminder of annual reporting requirements.

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Tags: EPA, Air Permitting, Air Quality, wastewater treatment plant

Oil, Chemical and Waste Handling Training for Utility Employees [Webinar Video]

Posted by Amy Harvell on Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

I would like to thank all of our participants for joining us this week for our webinar. We had a great turnout! If you missed the webinar, you can watch the video of the presentation below.

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Tags: EPA, MS4 Audit, training webinar

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