Every October Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. provides free RCRA/DOT training at the Madren Center on the campus of Clemson University. Participants receive required and certified training regarding the disposal, handling, and transportation of hazardous waste.

If your company produces hazardous waste RCRA/DOT requires specific training for employees. Employees learn the proper way to manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Improper disposal or mismanagement of hazardous waste can result in huge fines. The free training provided by Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. is designed primarily for EHS managers, chemical site managers, and plant engineers.

Attendees learn vital information such as:
● Proper labeling for shipping hazardous waste drums
● How long you can keep waste in a warehouse
● DOT label requirements
● What size of a generator is your company/business
● Waste inspections

Attendees receive a free buffet lunch and certificate upon completion of the one-day training event. Pinnacle Environmental Services is a non hazardous and hazardous waste consulting firm specializing in the disposal and transportation of industrial waste. We focus on waste elimination/minimization, sustainability, zero-landfill and converting waste to energy. The 2020 date to be announced soon!

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

If your company is presently enrolled in an active waste management, or recycling plan you know how to recycle and conserve. Leading companies are recognizing that a strong carbon imprint is not something you want to leave succeeding generations. Instead, they are environmentally conscientious and want to leave the next generation with viable options for waste. Many companies have undergone Total Waste Management audit and developed a TWM plan for their company. They cover the gamut from hazmat waste to the disposal of cardboard, plastic, water management, etc.

How are you doing in your home? Do you participate in curb recycling through your waste management provider, or city services? Companies exercising judicious actions in regard to recycling and waste management efforts are committed to the future. However, there are far more homes, apartments and single family dwellings than there are companies across the country. If every home participated in some form of recycling we would be far ahead of the game in terms of a commitment to zero waste.

Does your family recycle plastic, paper, cardboard and other recyclable designated packaging? What about water conservation in your home? Are you brushing your teeth without a running sink? Are you careful about the amount of water you run when doing dishes, or cleaning? Do you make sure the dishwasher is full before running a cycle? Here are some home recycling materials to consider:

  • Newspaper – 4ft. stack of recycled newspaper will save a 40ft. Fir tree
  • Magazines, newspaper insert ads, phonebooks, mailers, can be put together
  • Corrugated cardboard is a gold mine for recycling. Stack it, or bunch together separately at the curb. Try to keep it dry, so if it’s going to rain the night before your pickup, set it out in the morning.
  • Plastic-lined drinking cartons are acceptable by most municipalities now.
  • Plastic goods are assigned different numbers to grade them for recycling: #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) for containers, #4 (LDPE) for bags, #7 for mixed plastics such as polycarbonates that are not recyclable. Almost all recycling centers accept plastics #1 and #2.
  • Plastic bottles are typically made of #1 PET plastic which can be spun into fleece fabric.
  • Plastic grocery bags are a Type-2 recyclable plastic. Check with your grocery to see if they accept used bags to recycle. Glass-many municipalities have stopped collecting glass because the recycling of glass costs more than the donations received. Simply put it boils down to simple economics. However, many grocery stores receive glass bottles (clear, green, blue) in separate collection bins. Save your bottles and drop off to glass friendly recycle collector.
  • Lightbulbs like CFL’s are welcome at most home hardware/service centers. Most of the large box stores receive these in bins at their locations. Separate these glass products from your bottles, or jars. (Recycle tips by learneartheasy.com)
  • Aluminum cans are one of the best recycling materials. Save flip-top tabs for your local NICU hospital unit, or the nearest Ronald McDonald House.

By simply making an effort to recycle at home you will enhance your total carbon imprint and help improve the environment as opposed to doing nothing. Get your kids involved and make it a game to collect recycling. Reward your children when they get it right! Recycling and waste management is a lifestyle and it has to be taught, caught and applied. Our future depends upon it.

Grass clippings from your yard can be used for compost piles. It’s even better if your neighborhood has a community compost pile and everyone contributes, but you can do this on your property alone. Compost is spectacular for future growing seasons for flower and vegetable beds. Turn in used oil from lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment to be recycled. If possible, conserve lawnmower exhaust by using an electric mower, or share a mower between several neighbors.

Turn lights off in unoccupied rooms to conserve energy. Brush your teeth and shave without using running water. Instead of letting your shower heat up try stepping into the shower as soon as you turn it on. The wakeup factor will be more than worth the effort and you will conserve water. Make sure you take electronic waste (monitors, old tv’s, etc.) to your local recycling center. Turn in old cell phones to your provider.

Contact your waste management contractor or municipality to learn more about your local recycling options.

Having a plan at home will only help the environment and teach your children to be good environmental stewards for the future.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

Waste recycling is the process of collecting materials from waste streams that would normally end up in a landfill and processing materials to create new products, or finding ways to reuse them in alternative and beneficial ways.

Some of the examples of recycled materials include but are not limited to:

  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Cardboard/OCC
  • Metals
  • Solar Panels
  • Electronics

By recovering and reusing useful materials from the waste streams we are able to reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials and reduce energy usage, air and water pollution. By participating in waste recycling you insure that your company is preserving the environment for future generations.

When we recover and reuse useful materials from waste channels we reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials and reduce energy usage, air and water pollution. Your intentional efforts to recycle will contribute to saving the planet and set you apart as a company that cares about future generations.

In the Palmetto State, environmental service companies like Pinnacle recycle more than 1 million tons of municipal solid waste every year! This extends the life of existing landfills and positively impacts the state economy in several significant ways: through increased tax revenues, expanding job opportunities and develop9ing new manufacturing processes. Our highly trained analysts can design a custom waste program for your operations; optimizing recycling methods and helping you maintain a safe, clean, facility.

Corporate recycling demonstrates a commitment to the environment and future generations. Having an intentionally planned recycling plan separates your company from others in terms of leadership, stewardship and environmental concerns.

Documentation of the disposition of your waste is important. At Pinnacle we document every piece of waste disposition while retaining copies of all documents pertaining to our services. We are willing to perform periodic audit of your own documents to insure that your records are complete. We create a flow chart that indicates the source and ultimate disposition of your waste so there are no questions, or guessing regarding the process. This provides you with a legal record of recycled goods.

Most companies have no idea how much waste they are generating and how much of their waste can be recycled instead of overloading landfills. Let us conduct a free analysis of your waste and help you determine how much money you can save by recycling. In addition to savings, there’s a good chance we can help you benefit from a waste stream that generates significant quantities of clean, renewable energy while helping to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Mike Watts, President of Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

While many people think electronic waste (e-waste/e-scrap) recycling is a relatively new conservation concern it has actually been around for quite some time. The Federal government passed the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act in the mid-70’s making it illegal to dump e-waste in the United States.

In the late 1980’s the Basel Convention, an international multi-lateral treaty prompted by NATO, became the prime international vehicle for dealing with the transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. It was finally adopted in 1992. This push and subsequent efforts by numerous countries, federal, state, provincial and local government is one of the biggest reasons for the rapid growth of the recycling industry, providing thousands and thousands of jobs globally.

In South Carolina e-waste legislation was passed in 2010 making it illegal to dump your old microwave, or TV in landfills. The law was updated in March of 2014, to add further restrictions on computer monitor and television manufacturers.

Items considered e-waste are, but not limited to:

  • Computers (laptops)
  • Printers/Copiers
  • Televisions/Monitors
  • Electronic Tablets
  • Gaming consoles/hardware stations
  • All phones

A BIG Problem

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor (a global e-waste statistical partnership) in 2017, there were 49.3 million tons of e-waste and the group estimates it will increase to 57.5 million tons by 2021!

Improperly disposed electronic waste can have a sizeable impact on the environment. Computer screens, televisions, etc., can contain mercury, chromium, lead, radium and other toxins. Imagine the lead/mercury levels in a mound of e-waste seeping into groundwater and affecting a local water supply? Now imagine it on a global level.

Pinnacle Environmental Services has the solutions to your e-waste concerns and more. We are committed to the recycle and reuse of electronic waste and more. At Pinnacle we recycle everything from electronics to solar panels, wood, plastic and much more.

Consider some of the benefits of Waste Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of e-waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and ground water contaminants
  • Increases environmental sustainability for the future
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to produce new raw materials
  • Saves energy consumption

Our goal is to help minimize landfill waste and seek recycling, or reuse solutions from manufacturing, production process and office waste. Contact us today about studying your e-waste needs and let us provide sustainable solutions.