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BHS Wastewater Recycling System (WRS-1) Streamlines Waste Disposal for Largest Supplier of Motive Power in the Midwest

Industrial battery suppliers offer a wide range of services. Not only do they sell, rent, and repair their products, they offer comprehensive maintenance programs to keep their stock running smoothly and efficiently. One major Midwestern supplier of industrial batteries came to Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS) with a common battery maintenance problem: they needed a better system for safely disposing of the hazardous waste water from battery washes. Every battery in the company’s sizeable fleet must be washed periodically to prevent self-discharge and maintain a reliable power output. Additionally, many of the company’s clients depend on them to wash their batteries on-site, without having to ship stock to another facility for service. During the peak season, industrial battery washing can… Continue Reading

TCLP Analysis: How Environmental Regulators Test Your Battery Wastewater

If you’re washing your forklift batteries (and you are washing them, right?) then you’re also producing hazardous waste. Battery wash water contains traces of sulfuric acid and toxic metals that the EPA regulates heavily. In order to avoid enormous fines and possibly even criminal charges, every facility manager should understand exactly how the EPA goes about determining whether your wastewater… Continue Reading

Comparing the BHS Wastewater Recycling System and the BHS Recirculation/Neutralization System

BHS offers a complete line of wastewater treatment products to safely process the runoff from battery washes. Depending on the volume of wastewater an operation generates — and the specifics of the given battery fleet — the most cost-effective solution will vary, but facilities of every size can implement an EPA-compliant wastewater disposal plan with equipment from BHS. BHS wastewater… Continue Reading

Battery Handling Systems, Inc. Introduces a Turnkey Solution for Wastewater Management

December 15, 2015 – St. Louis, Missouri – Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of battery handling and warehouse equipment, now offers a comprehensive solution for wastewater management. The Wastewater Recycling System Kit (WRS-2-KIT) builds on the successes of the original WRS with two portable tanks, a full set of filters and a transfer pump to reclaim water from battery wash stations. With the WRS-2-KIT, operations can process wastewater from multiple locations. They can also offer this EPA-mandated service to their own customers to generate an entirely new revenue stream. “Every business that creates hazardous waste must understand and implement the proper disposal practices,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS. “And this is dictated by the US Environmental… Continue Reading

5 Facts You Should Know About the RCRA ‘Cradle-to-Grave’ Law

When you wash your forklift batteries, the used water becomes a whole new legal entity: hazardous waste. Contaminated with acid and heavy metals, that battery wash water is now subject to the complex regulations laid out in the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The most famous element of the RCRA is Subtitle C, which establishes controls for hazardous… Continue Reading

Why Wastewater Disposal Is An Essential Part of Forklift Battery Maintenance

To keep your forklift batteries running efficiently, you have to wash them periodically. But maintenance procedures don’t stop there — you must also make provisions to safely dispose of runoff from the washing process. Failing to do so could subject your business to massive EPA fines, or even land you in jail. Facility managers who are new to electric equipment… Continue Reading

Yard Ramp Transportation and Positioning

If your business ships and receives materials by the truckload — but your facility doesn’t have a dedicated loading dock — you essentially only have three choices: Unload trucks manually. This option carries high labor costs, has limited efficiency, and poses serious injury risks for workers. If you expect to handle pallet loads, this option isn’t realistic. Build a new… Continue Reading

Choosing Between Powered and Manual Battery Handling Equipment

For large forklift fleets in fast-paced environments, powered battery handling equipment offers clear advantages over manual equipment, and more powered functions typically allow for a faster, more productive fleet. However, the decision is tougher for more modest fleets. Managers of facilities that only operate several lift trucks per shift must balance many factors to determine whether powered or manual battery… Continue Reading