The longer we battle COVID-19 the more we are learning about it from prevention, disinfectant, and treatment standpoint. From the onset, there has been a lot of confusion over products that will kill the virus on surfaces, approved hand sanitizers, and various preventive measures. Separating myth from fact and science is very important with any type of pandemic or virus.

The EPA and the CDC have both released updated guidance protocols to help businesses, manufacturing, schools, churches, and families disinfect their facilities and homes. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler notes that “these cleaning and disinfectant protocols will help incur the health and safety of everyone in our homes, schools, offices, and businesses.”

The best way to see if your cleaning/disinfection product is approved for COVID-19/SARS/CoV-2 is to go to EPA Covid-19 and enter the “EPA Reg.” number on the product you want to know about. It’s important to remember that these products are not for human consumption or ingestion, but are recognized as products that will kill the virus/bug that causes Covid-19 on surfaces, not humans, pets and other animals.

Cleaning v.s. Disinfecting

Not all disinfectant products clean and not all household/commercial cleaning products will disinfect. Surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected. Dirty surfaces once disinfected can be a return breeding ground for all kinds of viruses, mold, etc. The EPA has established guidelines for the proper way to disinfect and clean here. Both tT\he CDC and EPA encourage everyone (business, schools, in the home, etc.) to develop a plan for cleaning and disinfecting. Once you develop a plan stick to it and make sure you are using the products per the label instructions. Wearing gloves, masks, and eye protection. Update your plan as necessary.

Not So Safe Hand Sanitizer

Recently the FDA ruled on several hand sanitizers that contain potential harmful and cancer-causing agents such as methanol. Make sure your hand sanitizer at home, work and in public is 60% ethanol/ethyl alcohol. To get a list of the brands you should not use go here.

If your company is using an environmental services provider to clean and disinfect make sure you have their scope of work and plan in writing. Ask the types of products, their intended schedule, safety protocols, downtime to provide services, and when the rooms, buildings, equipment, etc. can be used upon cleaning and sanitizing. For example, a room or surface where a confirmed Covid-19 case has inhabited has different timetables and protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and how soon it can be re-occupied, or used again. Professional services want their clients to know exactly what they are doing and the full scope of work.

The CDC and EPA are still recommending:

  • Reduce your exposure to Covid-19 as much as possible
  • Report any suspected exposure whether family, friends or in the workplace
  • Practice thorough hand-washing
  • Social distance 6’ minimum
  • Wear a mask outside of your home in public, work school, etc.

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc., is an environmental services company focused on customer service and compliance. We provide a diverse portfolio of services including but not limited to hazardous and non-hazardous waste recovery, solid waste disposal and recycling, e-waste, chemical recycling, waste audits, recycling, and total waste plans that have the goal of zero landfills. Our primary goal during the pandemic is to provide safe workspaces, materials, and supplies for our team and customers.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.
864.236.5450

Many people do not understand the different types of waste designated through the Environmental Protection Agency. Hazardous and Non-Hazardous waste has very specific handling and removal regulations.

Solid waste includes garbage, trash, wastewater treatment, and water supply treatment facility sludge, and air pollution control facility waste. It also includes discarded material whether solid, liquid, or semi-solid, and gases that come from industrial, agricultural, mining, and commercial applications. Solid waste can be broken down into two categories: Municipal Solid Waste which is your garbage; and Industrial Waste which is produced by manufacturing, industrial, and production sources. Solid waste can be hazardous, or non-hazardous.

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous for the environment and public health. Hazardous waste can be liquid, gas, solid, sludge, chemical, and other byproducts from commercial, industrial, and manufacturing companies.

The EPA breaks hazardous waste into different categories or lists. There are four: F-list, K-list, P-list and the U-list. F and K list apply to manufacture and industrial processes. F-list wastes are from non-specific sources. They include wastes from solvents, metal finishing, electroplating, dioxins, wood preservation, wastewater sludge from petroleum refinery wastewater, and multisource leachates.

The K-list is waste from specific manufacturing and industrial sources. There are 13 categories that run the gamut from explosives, petroleum refining, iron and steel production, coke from coal mining, aluminum production, pesticide manufacturing, and more. Both the F and K lists have assigned EPA hazard codes for the specific waste on each list. They are:

T- Toxic Waste
H- Acute Hazardous Waste
I- Ignitable Waste
C- Corrosive Waste
R- Reactive Waste
E- Toxicity Characteristic Waste

P and U lists waste is related to specific chemicals that are unused pure and commercial grade formulations. To be on both lists the wastes have to conform to three characteristics:

  1. It must contain one of the chemicals listed on either the P or U list.
  2. The chemical in the waste must be unused;
  3. It must be in the form of a commercial chemical product.

The EPA designates a commercial chemical product for both lists as a chemical that is either 100% pure, technical/commercial grade, or the sole active ingredient in the chemical formation.

Handling, storing, moving, and disposing of all waste whether hazardous or non-hazardous is serious for the sake of our environment and public health. Thanks to education, research, and regulations for public health the safe removal, transport, and disposal of this kind of waste has vastly improved. Having an environmental services partner certified, licensed, and trained in hazardous and non-hazardous waste is critical to any production, manufacturing, industrial, and commercial services.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., our goal is a zero-landfill waste. We are vigilant in our pursuit of reducing carbon footprints, effective waste stream management, and recycling for the environment and our customers. We are committed to helping our customers save money, reduce waste, recycle, and properly dispose of other forms of waste into renewable energy and other forms. Our services are personalized with a custom-designed plan for your business, or organization. Our comprehensive audit not only helps reduce waste-and its cost to your operations- but it also identifies the optimal disposal and recycling options for all that remains.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services,
864.236.5450

PU’s (polyurethanes) are used in a variety of products and materials. Everything from shoes, insulation, furniture, bedding, sealants, adhesives, vehicles, house materials, and many more products contain it. Over time the products break down and create waste. Think about how many mattresses you have had in your lifetime. Typically, we simply replace these products with new ones containing PU’s. The most common type of PU products is foam inside furniture, vehicle seats, and bedding. These petrochemical resins can be harmful to the respiratory system causing asthma and other respiratory ailments. Recycling PU’s has been a challenge for the industry. Most products containing PU’s cannot be fully recycled and are typically cycled down to create materials that aren’t very useful, or of the same quality as the original product that contains them.

Polyurethanes are polymers made of multiple organic compounds connected by urethane links. PU’s are thermosetting polymers that do not respond to heat which is necessary for recycling other plastics. The collection of strong polymers held together through chemical bonds won’t liquidate when heated. You never burn a mattress because of the VOCs and other toxic fumes the flame will put off.

Scientists and researchers have developed a new method that is more favorable for recycling PU’s. This groundbreaking research will be a watershed for the goal of zero landfill waste and manufacturers. The researchers discovered a way to saturate the PU in a solution that allows the material to be reformed into similar, or better products. According to a paper published in acs.org (ACS Central Science) the team applied diverse crosslink exchange chemistry combined with processing methods to recycle traditional PU foams into rubber and plastic.

The process is called a “twin-screw extrusion” methodology. This figure explains the process from the ACS Central Science article. Researchers are doing this with PU foam and converting/recycling them into films with properties that closely mirror the properties of other films from similar compounds.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., our goal is zero-landfill waste. We are vigilant in our pursuit of reducing carbon footprints, effective waste stream management, and recycling for the environment and our customers. These efforts and similar ones by scientists and researchers is helping us keep the planet green. We are committed to helping our customers save money, reduce waste, recycle, and properly dispose of other forms of waste into renewable energy and other forms. Our services are personalized with a custom-designed plan for your business, or organization. We meet with our customers and do a walkthrough of their facilities/operations to develop a customized plan that meets your budget and needs. We recognize every waste stream is a cost to your company. Our comprehensive audit not only helps reduce waste-and its cost to your operations- but it also identifies the optimal disposal and recycling options for all that remains.

Mike Watts, President

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

864.236.5450

One positive thing that has emerged from our battle with Covid19 is the resurgence of hygiene, hand-washing, sanitizing workplaces, eco resurgence, recycling, waste, and water systems. A strong segment of the U.S. is also taking on more personal responsibility as we think about others and our potential risks to the most vulnerable, ourselves, family, and neighbors. These are good things despite the horrible tragic loss of life and those infected. Every life matters. Every business matters.

As we return to a modified, or “new” normal there are things businesses need to consider and do in order to be ready for the public. Having a solid plan for receiving the public, or being onsite with customers, and starting to gather again is not optional. Every restaurant, pharmacy, bar, bank, coffee shop, manufacturer, and all businesses resuming public interaction need to be prepared and ensure the safety of all.

Repeated hand-washing for servers, cooks, clerks, etc., must remain in place. Wiping down hard surfaces with disinfectant multiple times a day is not a suggestion. Checking temperatures, wearing PPE where needed, and self-reporting to our employer is something we can all do.

One of the biggest concerns is the return of businesses that have been shut down or dormant. Water systems are a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, disease, and germs. After being off, or little-used during “stay in place” water pipes, filtration and HVAC systems can be contaminated.

In South Carolina, we are working hard to help customers and staff help get the word out about these potential hazards as we return to the market/workplace. Change air filters, wipe down air returns, flush your plumbing system, and have a professional inspect your HVAC to prevent any possible bacteria that’s been growing during the lengthy shutdown. Clean and disinfect all traps and food preparation ventilation.

Review your OSHA, DHEC, and EPA protocols for handling hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Contact a professional environmental services provider to review your place of business and develop a game plan that not only includes recycling, waste removal but will identify key areas where you can improve the health, safety ad welfare of your customers and employees.

We are all eager to return to doing what we love, work, and gathering again, but we need to be smart about it. There is a right way to return so we can ensure the safety and welfare of everyone.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc., all of our employees have had Awareness Training and we have a strong Covid19 plan in place to protect our customers and team. Our top priority through all of this is the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, and vendors. Be assured that we are taking every precaution recommended by the CDC, local, state, and federal governments to protect our customers and employees from Covid19.

We take the health and welfare of our customers and team seriously which is why we have invested in the proper training and response to Covid19. Our industry has strict regulations and compliance already in place, but we believe going above and beyond during this pandemic is the right call. It’s an investment in our people and customers.

Pinnacle Environmental Services is an environmental services company focused on customer service and compliance. We provide a diverse portfolio of services including but not limited to hazardous and non-hazardous waste recovery, solid waste disposal and recycling, e-waste, chemical recycling, waste audits, recycling, and total waste plans that have the goal of zero landfills.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.
864.236.5450

Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc. to host RCRA Training in Clemson, SC 

What is RCRA? RCRA stands for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Established in 1976, it’s the primary law controlling how solid and hazardous waste are managed and disposed of. Facilities that generate hazardous waste must comply with the RCRA requirements.

Why does one need RCRA Training? If your company produces hazardous waste, RCRA requires specific training for their employees. RCRA training will teach employees the correct way to manage and dispose of hazardous waste. If the hazardous waste is not managed and disposed of correctly, there could be huge fines to pay.

Who needs RCRA training? RCRA training is required for all employees that manage or come into contact with hazardous waste as part of their job responsibilities.

EHS Managers, Chemical Site Managers and Plant Engineers.

The training will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on October 19, 2016. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Who is Pinnacle Environmental Services? We are non-hazardous and hazardous waste consultants specializing in disposal and transportation of industrial waste. Our team emphasizes waste minimization, sustainability and zero landfill.

Who is Pace Analytical Services, Inc.? Pace Analytical Services, Inc. is a privately held, industry-leading sampling and analytical testing firm. Pace provides analytical lab solutions for testing, staffing and equipment, with a wide scope of services.

Training targeted for: EHS Managers, Chemical Site Managers and Plant Engineers.

 

Pinnacle Environmental Services,
Inc. Ranks #2443 on the 2016 Inc. 5000– Inc. Magazine’s List of
America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

For 2016 Inc. Magazine ranked Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. at number 2443 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.  “The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership.  In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg.  “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012.  Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

This is the second year in a row that Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. made the list, coming in at number 1228 in 2015.  Pinnacle was one of only two environmental service companies to make the list for South Carolina in 2015 and the sole representative in that business category for the state in 2016!  In fact, for all business categories, South Carolina had just 50 companies on the list, with Pinnacle solidly at #25.

Although Mike Watts, owner of Pinnacle, is proud of his company’s accomplishments and the recognition from Inc. Magazine, he is proudest of its tremendously positive impact on the environment.  His team has helped several
businesses find ways to reduce their environmental footprint and becoming Zero Landfill facilities.  Basically, this is where a company’s industrial waste is treated, recycled, and reused versus just sending it to the landfill.

How does Mike account for the phenomenal growth of his company?
“We listen to our customers—then develop solutions that specifically fit their needs,” he says.  “Most business owners want to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill.  Our teams’ expertise can evaluate the waste streams of any company, then develop a custom program with environmentally friendly solutions.”

The first order of business when a new client contacts Pinnacle is to schedule an on-site Waste Analysis Study.  Once Pinnacle understand each customers processes and waste streams then a plan is developed to separate and recapture recyclable resources and a service schedule is developed.

If you could peek into the offices of Pinnacle, you would see an organized and efficient operation.  Pinnacle understands the importance of documentation.  That’s extremely important when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes calling.  “We maintain a complete set of records, mirroring the documentation we provide to each company,” Mike explained.  “We conduct on site audits regularly to ensure our clients have a complete copy, but we can fill in the gaps if there’s anything missing.  We recognize the EPA can levy hefty fines for violations so accurate and complete documentation is essential.  Our team not only provides efficient waste management services, we provide assurance and peace of mind for all our clients because their industrial waste is handled properly.”

Ironclad compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations and superlative customer service—that’s what you can expect from the Pinnacle Environmental Services team as they work every day to earn the right to handle your
business!

(You can see the full list of this year’s companies at http://www.inc.com/5000.)

South Carolina House and Senate declare March 1, 2017 as “South Carolina Recycler’s Day!”

The House and Senate legislative bodies of South Carolina passed matching resolutions on February 28, declaring March 1, 2017 as “South Carolina Recyclers’ Day.” The resolutions were introduced and adopted by each body on the same date, recognizing the many positive roles that recycling plays within the State economy:

  • Creating jobs
  • Supporting economic development
  • Conserving scarce natural resources
  • Reducing energy and water consumption
  • Decreasing production costs
  • Inspiring innovation
  • Improving our children’s futures

These resolutions acknowledged the $13 billion dollar impact on South Carolina’s economy—by way of job opportunities, manufacturing recycled-content materials and the implementation of responsible material-management solutions—and estimated the recycling industry is likely to increase approximately 19% on an annual basis.

Gene Malcolm & Lynn Watson representing Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.—an industry leader and the state’s fastest growing environmental services company—were among the 60 honorees from the South Carolina Recycling Industry who were asked to stand for recognition during the legislative session on March 1st.

The House and Senate bills noted the recycling industry in South Carolina is directly responsible for more than 54,000 jobs that pay $2.7 billion in annual personal income and contribute an estimated $820 million in tax revenue to the state. The collective efforts of all the environmental service companies in the state recycled 1.2 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2015 and they expect to increase that tonnage year after year! This has a significant positive impact on our economy and environment!

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. has the expertise to improve your company’s recycling participation. Contact us for a free Waste Analysis Study. We’ll talk with your management and production staff, carefully examine your waste streams to determine their source and content, then we’ll come back to present a Total Waste Management Program that’s tailored to your individual requirements. And, you’ll discover our passion isn’t just in waste management—it’s in eliminating waste through recycling!

Pinnacle Environmental Services attended the 2017 Environmental Show of the South in Chattanooga, TN. The conference was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center on March 17-19, 2017. The Environmental Show of the South is the largest and most comprehensive environmental conference and trade show in TN. Pinnacle not only exhibited at the conference but also participated in high-quality environmental training classes focused on solid and hazardous waste issues as well as recycling.

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. to sponsor second annual RCRA Training in Clemson, South Carolina 

FREE Training Seminar 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
October 18, 2017
Clemson Conference Center and Inn
230 Madren Center Drive, Clemson, SC 29634

Register Now

Lunch and a training certificate will be provided
for all attendees.

What is RCRA? RCRA stands for the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act. Established in 1976, it’s the primary
law controlling how solid and hazardous waste are managed and disposed
of. Facilities that generate hazardous waste must comply with the RCRA
requirements.

Why does one need RCRA Training?
If your company produces hazardous waste, RCRA requires specific
training for their employees. RCRA training will teach employees the
correct way to manage and dispose of hazardous waste. If the hazardous
waste is not managed and disposed of correctly, there could be huge
fines to pay.

Who needs RCRA training? RCRA training is required
for all employees that manage or come into contact with hazardous waste
as part of their job responsibilities.

Who is Pinnacle Environmental Services? We are
non-hazardous and hazardous waste consultants specializing in disposal
and transportation of industrial waste. Our team emphasizes waste
minimization, sustainability and zero landfill.

Training targeted for: EHS Managers, Chemical Site Managers and Plant Engineers.

This FREE Training Seminar will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on October 18, 2017 at the Clemson Conference Center and Inn, 230 Madren Center Drive, Clemson, SC 29634. Lunch and a training certificate will be provided for all attendees.

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. not only strives to help promote a healthy environment, we also recognize the importance of supporting children and families in our local communities. As part of their 2017 annual community project, Pinnacle adopted Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the upstate of South Carolina. Because of the generosity of Pinnacle’s employees, families in the upstate were touched by the amount of toys, clothes and other items that were donated this year. Due to the success of this community project,  Pinnacle is already planning to make next year even bigger and better!

A Letter From Safe Harbor – 1/10/2018

Dear Friends of Safe Harbor,

As I continue to settle into the New Year and reflect back on the holiday season, I want to thank you for your kindness and generosity, and share a few thoughts with you…

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