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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…more

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 — and any byproducts of the treatment process — can be considered “hazardous waste.” So what exactly does the EPA mean when they use the term? Regulators consider a waste product “hazardous” if it exhibits one or more of these four characteristics: Ignitability. A substance is considered unacceptably flammable if it has a flashpoint that’s below 140° (60°). Corrosivity. Acids…more

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 treatment products can be generally separated into two product lines: Recirculation/Neutralization Systems (RNS) and Wastewater Recycling Systems (WRS). Each of these categories includes a range of models and customizable options. This document will compare the two product classes to help administrators implement a wastewater management strategy that provides the greatest possible ROI — without running afoul of the EPA or…more

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…more

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Compliance for Forklift Fleets

What does your forklift fleet have to do with federal waste disposal laws? It could be more than you think. If you run a fleet of electric forklifts, you probably also follow a detailed maintenance plan for your batteries. That plan should include regular washing, and the water you use to wash your batteries is a form of hazardous waste. In 1976, Congress passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; that law has a lot to say about how you deal with your battery wastewater. Here are the basics. The RCRA considers waste to be “hazardous” if it has certain characteristics, including ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and/or toxicity. It’s that last one that forklift fleet managers should be concerned about. Water…more

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 waste, from generation to disposal. This exhaustive waste management system requires generators to document forklift battery wastewater, allowing EPA officials to track its transportation and eventual fate. Subtitle C of the RCRA is also called the “Cradle-to-Grave” rule, which has ominous overtones. As long as your facility complies with the federal regulations, though, you can avoid corrupting the municipal water…more

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 sometimes overlook this crucial final step to the peril of the entire operation, as well as the municipal groundwater. If you’re not sure what to do with your industrial wastewater, it’s time to make a plan. You have two basic options: 1. Outsourcing Your Wastewater Disposal Needs You can hire a 3rd party wastewater disposal contractor. These companies cart away…more