Keller-Heartt Blog: January 2013
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How to Properly Dispose Oil Absorbents

Whether being used to clean up a large oil spill or just to recover from a small mishap, the proper disposal of oil absorbents plays an important role in keeping our planet green. With many different types of oil absorbents to choose from, anyone can find the product that is easiest for them to implement properly. 

Oil Eater
Commonly used for household purposes, Oil Eater is an excellent product known for its ability to safely eliminate oil and grease. Their absorbent pads and rolls are OSHA compliant and proven to eliminate larger spills. Unfortunately, leaving soiled pads lying about increases the risk of potential fires becoming out-of-control. Not only should used Oil Eater products be placed in a bag separately from other trash materials, but they should also be disposed of in an approved waste facility. 

Yet another effective product, Oil Dri takes a different approach at cleaning up an oil leak and is popular in garages and shops around the country. The product comes in a large pail and is in a granular form. Once poured over the affected area, the product begins absorbing oil. When finished, the user can simply sweep away the product. While many simply sweep the used granules into the street, there is still the chance that it could ignite. Therefore, it is recommended that the granules be placed in a plastic bag and taken to a landfill that meets certain exemptions. 

Reusable Oil Absorbents
While the above examples portray disposable methods of oil absorption, an increasingly popular and eco-friendly way to clean oil spills is to use reusable absorbents, and there are a variety of products on the market in which the use of this method can be employed. Oil socks and booms are made of materials that are able to be washed. Once the product has been laundered, it can be used again, and no hazards remain. Best of all, the user can save money as they do not have to purchase new rags or other oil absorbents. 

Prior to laundering reusable absorbents, it is important to keep in mind that a little bit of homework must be done to ensure the task is done in a safe manner. The user should contact their local publicly owned treatment works facility to determine if the waste water that will result from the laundering will need to be pretreated.

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Fuel Alternatives: Liquid Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas; What's Better?

In recent years, vehicular emissions have become a primary concern for scientists as they are possibly contributing to global warming. As a result, fuel alternatives have made an emergence, and one of those forms is natural gas. Comprised primarily of methane, these fossil fuels burn clean and pose a lesser threat to the environment. Consumers wishing to reduce their carbon footprint have been choosing to use this type of fuel, and they have the choice between two reputable candidates: liquid natural gas and compressed natural gas. 

Compressed Natural Gas a Popular Choice

Compressed natural gas, also known as CNG, is stored in high pressure tanks capable of compressing the gas more than 3500 psi. The composition of this fuel alternative is complex and includes ethane, propane, nitrogen, helium and carbon dioxide. Since the gas is odorless, a compound containing sulfur is added for better detection in the event of a leak. 

Liquid Natural Gas: Another Choice

Another popular alternative fuel is liquid natural gas, or LNG. This gas is stored in cryogenic liquid, a sub-zero substance that maintains temperatures below negative 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of its low temperature, LNG is able to offer consumers increased energy density comparable to diesel. 

The Down Sides

As with any good thing, there are a few downsides to the use of alternative fuels such as CNG and LNG. For example, the storage units required to keep LNG cool can become expensive. Simply finding fueling stations can also prove to be a challenge as widespread use is not yet popularized. Consumers also face another challenge; in a struggling economy, the fact that natural gas does not contribute to optimal fuel mileage is a turnoff for many consumers.

A Responsible Choice

Despite the disadvantages, the use of alternative fuels are increasing in popularity, and this is mainly due to the fact that they emit 35 percent less greenhouse gases as well as 75 percent less smog pollutants.

As the effects of global warming become increasingly evident, it is expected that more people will begin to do their part in preserving precious natural resources. By implementing new habits into everyday life such as purchasing either CNG or LNG alternative fuel options, the negative effects of global warming can be decelerated.

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