The Hidden Value in Cooking Oil Recycling

FOGUsed cooking oils from the restaurant or food industry are categorized as waste, and can be a serious problem, particularly for plumbing, as it does not disappear.

Even though you may have flushed it with hot water or soap, it will become a gel and change into solid residue in the form of thick layers inside drainpipes or sewage pipelines, so that it constraints water flow, which negatively affect a business’s plumbing system or the city sanitary line. It’s messy, smelly and expensive to clean up, if not properly disposed.

Especially for the restaurant or food industry with the high rate of cooking oil consumption, pouring the used cooking oil into the river or ocean will be a disaster, as it brings negative impact upon our environment. It is also illegal, and becomes a nightmare for a business if they are “caught” disposing of cooking oil in an unethical way.

Thus, regulations on the disposal systems, particularly on used cooking oil, have been made and must be complied by every restaurant. Based on the code regulation, it is a must for every restaurant to recycle their used cooking oil by having it collected by a licensed company. The restaurants which do not obey local and state regulations can be fined or penalized, even the closing of the kitchen if it becomes habitual.

At SLM, we only work with cooking oil recycling and disposal vendors who have state-of-the-art processing facilities as well as stringent quality controls.

We partner with companies throughout the United States and Canada, who are leaders in the conversion of animal by-products such as “waste” cooking oil into either value-added feed ingredients or conversion into bio-diesel, alternative fuels, and even hydraulic oils.

SLM’s emergency response time is less than four hours. Should a spill occur, we will be with our vendor and your facility until the problem is resolved. We also work closely with the appropriate local inspectors to obtain variances for our clients.

We provide our customers with a monthly report, showing dates of pick up, yield of the cooking oil, tonnage collected, along with a comparison to the Jacobsen Index for rebate capture.

[For the layman, the Jacobsen Index began in 1865 with an independent journalist, R. C. Jacobsen, who began reporting the daily activity of Chicago’s slaughter houses in regards to

pricing and other activities. Over time, it has become known as “The Jacobsen,” and is recognized around the world as the only unbiased source for animal by-product news.]

To better assist our clients and customers with their cooking oil recycling and disposal, SLM conducts regular audits of all our vendors in the field. We have found thousands of dollars in cost savings for our customers by auditing an independent contractor’s records against the trends and yields, as well as the Jacobsen Index.

For more information on how you can convert your waste cooking oil into R.O.I., call SLM at 888.847.4449.

Knock-out Those Pesky Industrial Odors with superSOCK!

supersockOne of the big questions we get at SLM is “how do you solve the problem of bad smells?” You know the ones we’re talking about – from sewers, elevator shafts, dumpster areas, garbage collection areas – the places you walk past really, really fast when you can’t avoid the area. It’s also a problem common in certain areas of industrial plants, water treatment facilities and other locations where strong, undesirable odors are present. You may also encounter those nasty odors due to a fire, or flooding, in a workspace – and sometimes there are other causes (think “critters”).

We “strongly” recommend our industrial-strength superSOCK deodorizer product solution for those “stinky” situations. It is a safe, concentrated odor neutralizer in a very convenient and earth-friendly package.

The superSOCK deodorizer uses natural ingredients to hold the powerful and effective concentrated deodorizer. Each superSOCK is great at providing deodorization for up to 30 days, and fights odors 24 hours a day, seven days a week while you take care of other challenges. One superSOCK can cover 650 square feet.

The superSOCK is available in three scents – original, cherry, and citrus – and has a convenient mounting loop at the top of the unique, 100 percent organic cloth-mesh bag, for even distribution of the air-controlled odor counteractant. The superSOCK is 12 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 12 inches high, and weights eight pounds.

In addition to being a 100 percent organic product, the superSOCK is not only earth-friendly but also worker-friendly. It is also a great replacement for anyone who has ever used para deodorizing blocks. We are finding that more states continue to ban the use of para (Paradichlorobenzene). Currently, we are aware of a number of states with regulatory restrictions on the use of para, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. At SLM, we find that the superSOCK is a great alternative to the large para blocks. It is also much more economical, and portable – the superSOCK can be moved easily from one job site to the next.

The superSOCK is available now from SLM. We sell them by the case — there are two superSOCKS per pail, and two pails per case, and the cost is $202.56. You can order the superSOCK here.

Keep Your Dumpsters Odor-Free Through Summer!

Citrus Dumpster WashWe are just a week away from the official start of the summer months. It won’t be long before the cool breezes of spring have given way to heat and humidity. While summer brings up standard issues like air conditioning and lawn care to keep your property comfortable and appealing; don’t forget about our friend and yours, the dumpster. Sweltering summer temperatures will bring your waste to a near boil, and the resulting odor can rather unpleasant.

Don’t react. Prevent! SLM’s Super Citrus Dumpster Kit is a non-toxic, biodegradable, deodorizer that will keep your dumpsters clean and odorless! It also helps keep unwanted bugs away with its active citronella ingredient. Citrus is all you will need this summer to beat the heat! Act now to take advantage of the Super Citrus Dumpster Kit price reduction; now just $55.95! Order here today or give us a call at 888.847.4449.

Are you Remembering to keep your Pipes Clear?

water-783355_960_720Sometimes we get so carried away with things going on in our lives that we start to take things for granted. Humanity has been blessed with the invention of running water, making our lives easier–and cleaner! Without properly maintaining our drainage and plumbing systems, we create unnecessary headaches for ourselves. Drain systems at your business should be draining water effectively to avoid clogs, backups, and infrastructure damage. In cleaning their drainage systems, people sometimes make the mistake of using hazardous chemicals. While this might seem like an easy fix at the time, the use of these chemicals often comes at a huge cost to the environment.

Essentially, anything that’s not water or liquid is liable to cause some drain blockage. This goes for food and grease in kitchen sinks, and hair and soap in bathrooms. If you’re familiar with SLM, you know that we like to remind everyone time and again that grease should never be poured down a drain, EVER. It’s very important to monitor that your pipes remain unclogged, for they can crack or burst when the pressure balance is thrown off. The cost of repairing a burst pipe greatly outweighs the cost of cleaning one!

Keeping track of the insides of pipes that you cannot see is understandably daunting. For this reason, if you’re not an expert of plumbing, it’s a good idea to invest in an outside drain cleaning service. Vendors that work for SLM are thoroughly vetted for experience, certification, and sustainability. They also have the necessary cleaning tools and equipment to properly do the job.

A big part of the reason you want to leave plumbing to the experts is because of the hazardous conditions. Most pipes have some sort of chemical residue from well-known products. These well-known products usually contain chemicals like sodium hydroxide or bleach, which are highly dangerous when mixed. Worse, these chemicals make their way from the pipes in our homes and businesses  into our lakes, rivers, and oceans. This is a major contributor of pollution. A sustainable solution is using enzymatic drain cleaners, which sends a colony of organisms into the system to literally eat organic obstructions.

Bottom line: Be wary of what you put down what your drains, and make sure they’re being cleaned efficiently and sustainably. SLM is always here to help you get started, as well as maintaining our client’s properties with other sustainable strategies!

Honor and Valor

memorial-day-vector-illustration-with-ribbon_zJZNORS_-[Converted]It’s that time of year again. The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, is upon us! As the weekend approaches we have visions of swimming pools and hamburgers flooding our senses. Who wouldn’t appreciate a three-day weekend in such lovely weather? But there is more to appreciate than just added free time.

Memorial Day is a day to celebrate those men & women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice, their time, energy, blood, sweat and tears for this great nation. Originally stemming from the aftermath of the Civil War; what initially once called “Decoration Day” was created to honor and remember fallen heroes and loved ones. The holiday has evolved into a time to respect, honor, and appreciate all those heroes who have served our country.

While celebrating this holiday weekend be sure to take time to honor and remember those brave men & women. Show them that this day is more than hamburgers and sunshine. Show them what a true inspiration their strength and courage provide to us all. From all of us here at the SLM family, we would like to take a moment now to say thank you so very much for your service! You are true heroes!

Why your Business Needs a Waste Management Program

Dumpster-nonThere are many sustainable ways to dispose of waste whether it be trash or recyclables. Not only are these methods sustainable, but they can also save your business money through a sustainable waste management strategy. The first step in taking on more environmentally friendly practices is to think more in-depth about trash. For example, “trash” is a very broad term. There’s garbage, electronic waste, organic waste, bulk, hazardous waste, and construction waste among others. Each has their own optimal way to be disposed or recycled, but it’s not nearly as daunting of a task as it seems. Besides, many places require businesses to have waste management programs in place.

Starting a waste reduction program should begin with making smarter purchases. Try buying resources for your business that are reusable, or are quite durable. Anything that is likely to last longer before becoming waste helps a lot. Also, it’s a good idea for businesses who use toxic materials to buy less toxic versions of those products (i.e. ink made from vegetables). If you’re a food service establishment, it’s
imperative to ensure you’re fats, oils, and grease are being properly disposed of, and that organic waste is being composted.

0o1a1322-359As for recycling, remember you can recycle more than just bottles and cans. Paper can and should be recycled. While this is true, your business should
reduce the amount of paper it uses, and reuse paper whenever possible. If something your business is doing can go paperless and move online, that’s a great way to save money and make an environmentally friendly choice. Many recyclables can also be cashed in for rebates, while things like furniture and electronics can be donated if you feel so inclined.

Don’t hesitate to establish a sustainable waste management program at your business. It’ll be good for the environment, and good for your wallet. Remember, this will in fact SAVE YOU MONEY. Sustainable waste management is a win-win for everybody, so be sure to get into the game soon!

How Important Sustainable Lawn Care can be

Lawn CareIt’s hard to know if a landscaper shares your commitment to sustainability, because once they haul away the lawn waste from your facility, what happens to it is a mystery. It’s important for your sustainability-minded company to properly vet its lawn maintenance vendor, as proper lawn care has a lot of implications on the environment. NASA estimates that lawn grass, (or turfgrass) is the most irrigated crop in the United States. Other studies estimate that in the United States, 40 million acres of land is devoted to turfgrass (University of Minnesota). SLM Waste has a strong commitment to both keeping your lawn looking well, as well as doing so with a minimal impact on the environment.

In caring for your facility’s lawn, SLM will combine all the grass and landscape clippings with your food waste for composting, a highly sustainable practice that recycles organic waste into a great soil for harboring new life. Composting is just the first step in beginning a sustainable lawn care program. Also, your lawn maintenance team should be selecting the grass species best suited for the land that your facility occupies for the best results. The healthier that your lawn is, the healthier your community is, as a well-kept lawn benefits the local environment and water quality.

People often overlook lawn care when they think about what practices to make more sustainable, but it sure is an important one. Small engines like those used in lawn mowers, contribute 5 to 10% of the nation’s lawn pollution. The EPA has determined that used for an hour, a gas lawn mower emits the same amount of hydrocarbons as an SUV driven 23,600 miles! Given this, it is critical that lawns are mowed as efficiently as possible to mitigate lawn care’s effect on the environment.

Not only does SLM believe in saving the environment, we also believe in saving your business money. Lawn care services are included in our single cost facility maintenance package. You can be certain to not only be happy saving money, but also knowing your lawn care is constantly being checked for quality and optimal health.

Dumpsters don’t have to be Smelly

SLM---Website-graphics---CTA---Citrus-300x250Most people clean something every day. Some people clean more things than others (unfortunately). What a lot of people don’t think about, is the importance of having a clean dumpster. Yes! That big unsightly hunk of metal who eats all of your garbage needs a little taking care of every now and then too. Dumpsters and trash chutes can become incredibly dirty, so it’s important for your business to monitor their conditions.

Why does it matter?

Given the contents of dumpsters and trash chutes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re liable to become the cause for an infestation at your building. Pests love to feed on the insides of them, so without regular monitoring, the more those guys have to eat. The more they have to eat, the more likely they are to make the pilgrimage from your dumpster to your building.

Your dumpster should remain as odor neutral as possible. In other words, you don’t want a smelly dumpster. A smelly dumpster is likely to create an unpleasant work environment, and turn away customers. Complaints from neighbors and objections from landlords are not unheard of as well. Pests are also more likely to make an appearance, as rodents and insects are often attracted to such scents we humans find so objectionable.

What you can do?

There are products and solutions that are specifically designed to clean dumpsters. Most of these are simple spray-on materials that prevent you from having to physically clean the dumpster. It’s important, however, to not use a dumpster wash that is hazardous to your health or the environment. Citrus Dumpster Wash is the best non-toxic, biodegradable option on the market. The complete dumpster deodorizing kit is available through our website here.

We highly recommend it as your way to keep your dumpster clean!

Waste Reduction is Good PR

woman-recycling-325x222Implementing a waste reduction program can seem frustrating, complicated, and costly. But good news, it’s not! It’s also a bit of a must-do now that many places require companies to have a plan in place. Whether you’re required to or not shouldn’t matter though, as a properly done waste reduction program is a good investment for your organization, and it’s good for the environment as well. In other words, it’s good business, and it’s good PR. Sustainability minded businesses are very popular with consumers nowadays. That’s why you see a lot of high profile companies letting you know what they do to help the environment.

This isn’t just an abstract idea either. Being a sustainable company is serious business. In 2010, Greenpeace launched a scathing campaign against a well-known transnational food and beverage company claiming they were hurting the Orangutan population through deforestation. The bad press pressured the company to end ties with other businesses in their supply chain who were engaging in deforestation.

We know that many small businesses are likely not engaging in such environmentally destructive activities, but improperly disposing of your waste is sure enough contributing to climate change. Recycling, reuse, and composting are the preferred methods of dealing with discarded materials. The less going into landfills the better. According to the EPA, waste management accounts for 1 to 5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Concerned about the logistics of implementing a waste reduction program at your business? Don’t be! Here at SLM, we offer a service known as the “Trash Audit.” Essentially, the audit will entail our experts getting down and dirty into your trash, to separate and analyze what’s being thrown away, and show you how better to dispose of those things. Better yet, we’ll continue to offer you support after the audit.

So how about it? Be a good neighbor, be a role model. Commit to reducing your waste and combating climate change!

Click here to learn more about SLM’s Trash Audit Program.

Feel the Power!… of Power Washing

When we think of the greatest inventions of all time, we think of the wheel, the printing press, the telephone, chocolate chip cookies, and of course, the power washer. Before the invention of the power washer, how on earth did people remove dirt, mold, loose paint etc. from the sides of buildings? Or clean a sidewalk without the horrible painstaking, back-breaking process of sweeping? We wouldn’t want to live in a world without power washing, and neither should you!

Benefits of Power Washing

Power washing, also known as pressure washing, is a highly effective method of removing dirt, stains, mildew, and other unwanted materials from the sides of buildings. Power washing devices are essentially a cross between a garden hose and an air compressor. They are either powered by gas or electricity to expel water at high pressure.

Maintaining the appearance of your property should always be a priority. Power washing your building as needed keeps it looking attractive, and is a good way to increase the property value. It also helps to mitigate repair costs, as power washing preemptively removes problems that will later cost you a lot of money. Many problems property managers have to deal with could be solved by simply ensuring that their walls and roofs are regularly cleaned. Believe it or not, this cleaning also benefits you and your employee’s health, as the mold and mildew removed by power washing is hazardous to breathe in. Keeping your building clean should be especially important to you if you’re in the medical or food service industries.

Power Washing and Sustainability

You might be wondering, isn’t the water and energy used in power washing counter-productive to being more sustainable? That’s a legitimate question. Power washing does consume a lot of water and energy. The key is that power washers do their job significantly faster than other methods. The difference in pressure is what makes power washing more sustainable, because using a power washer consumes less water than a regular hose. The quality cleaning of the high speed water also reduces the need for hazardous cleaning chemicals.

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Ready to set up power washing services? How about saving money at the same time? We here at SLM are here for you 24/7/365. We stress the use of the most efficient power

washing equipment at all the facilities we manage, because it’s one part of the vast array of sustainability-minded services we offer. SLM is committed to keeping your property’s exteriors (walls, awnings, roofs, sidewalks) clean in the most sustainable and efficient ways possible. Give us a call today 888.847.4449 – we promise it will be pressure free (no pun intended.)

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