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Vacuuming for a greener purpose

Vacuuming for a greener purpose

Through its specialisation of industrial vacuuming systems and services, Dust Collector Rentals is continuing to promote cleaner and controlled waste sites.

Vacuuming for a greener purpose
Harmful odours and gasses can now be treated safely, thanks to the ECS.

Throughout its 30 years’ experience in odour control and dust extraction, Dust Collector Rentals (DCR) Environmental Services has seen many changes occur within the waste sector.

The necessity for reducing both the environmental and social impacts of its services has become a priority for many businesses and Environmental Protection Authorities (EPA) across Australia.

As DCR’s Toby Burns explains, this commitment to a cleaner and increasingly environmentally friendly operation has led many contractors to use its rental services.

“In a lot of waste sites, you have residential areas or other work sites nearby. With any hazardous odours or smells that are released, there is a risk that they could affect the immediate area,” Toby explains.

“What our rental products do is reduce the odours and volatile organic compounds for the community, as well as prevent unseen odourless fumes from entering the atmosphere.”

DCRs’ Environmental Control Systems (ECS) help diminish the environmental impact of waste works, which include the remediation of waste and soil products.

“Inside waste sites they may have to dig up the soil, but the process of digging up the soils can release chemical gasses, fumes and odours,” Toby says.

“We want to make sure that businesses can control their fumes and odours, so that the impact on the community can be minimalised.

“The main focus for our company is that we are environmentally friendly, and we support our clients to be as well.”

The ECS model functions by using filters and airflow to sort the hazardous air, which may contain fumes and odours, from the clean air.

This is done by producing negative pressure within the work area, removing any dust, and subjecting the odorous air to cassettes filled with activated carbon.

The odorous gasses are retained with the carbon bed and the de-odourised air is refiltered yet again through HEPA-style filters before being released into the atmosphere.

Joe Keane, DCR’s manager, explains the ECS is simple in design and is manufactured for 24/7 operation.

“Basically, the ECS extracts harmful odours and gasses from any situation. The ECS keeps the odours inside, filters via three different filtering systems and only clean air goes into the atmosphere,” he says.

By working with a company like DCR, operators can not only ensure better health for residents, but also that they comply to EPA regulations.

“Currently, the EPA is pushing for more companies to reduce the emissions and odours that are released into the atmosphere,” Toby says.

“These restrictions are changing the way waste businesses operate; these client requirements are a major driving factor for businesses to use machines such as the ECS.”

Based in Sydney, New South Wales, DCR Environmental Services continue to supply ECS models that can be fitted to different site requirements, depending on the type of job and operation requirements.

“Different site requirements can require different ECS designs. We can construct the ECS with that in mind. If an application requires a greater filtering capacity, the modular design can allow for expansion or reduction of the ECS,” Toby says.

“The customer can come to us and say which odours or chemicals they need to be removed.”

EPA Victoria’s Environment Protection Act 1970 includes the State environment protection policy (Air Quality Management). The policy establishes health and safety protocols that must be taken when undertaking operations that could contribute to air pollution.

Under the Management of Emissions section, the policy states that operators “should apply best practice to the management of their emissions or reduce those emissions to the maximum extent achievable”. The ECS achieves this by combining a diversion design that can separate the gasses from chemically impacted soils.

“If you go back 15 years, clients were using our machinery as it was correct business practice. Now, it is a necessity for businesses, especially in the waste sector, to comply to EPA regulations,” Toby says.

The modular designs of DCR’s ECS allows for fast installation, usually less than two days. The ECS produces a closed-loop solution for carbon. The unique vacuum system can remove saturated carbon, while also reducing the amount of residual dust during the process.

DCR’s design capability is based on experience and an attitude to reduce the impacts for customers and the environment.

For more information, visit www.dustcollectorrentals.com.au

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