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Shining Light On Small Business Pollution

How a painting company can do their part to reduce pollution

Paint contains toxic chemicals that may be harmful to plants, animals, and humans if released into the environment. As paint gets older, it tends to peel off from the surface, hence, finding its way into the landfill. A painting company should, therefore, find efficient ways to reduce environmental pollution for better life quality.

Tips for painters Pittsburgh to reduce pollution

Different countries are implementing environmental compliance to reduce excess paint and volatile organic compounds. These VOCs are harmful to your health as they may cause cancer, respiratory diseases, and other health issues. Some of the ways a painter can reduce environmental pollution include:

Using spill kits

Get spill kits and place them strategically at your painting locations to make cleanup easier and convenient. The Environment Protection Authority advises proper preparation and cleanup planning to prevent paint spills. Large accidental spills may be challenging to handle, but the ACT Fire and Rescue Communication can help with cleanup.

Smart clean up

When done with your painting work or taking a break, wrap your tools in impervious material to protect the paint from hardening. If your brushes and rollers have excess paint, clean it up with an absorbent item and let it dry up before disposing of it.

Proper disposal

Always dispose of dried paint residue in the landfill since liquid paint is a worse pollutant and has no waste disposal facility. Large-scale painters should engage a licensed hazardous waste contractor to help properly dispose of waste paint.

Although expensive, a painter should also adopt advanced technology to improve manufacturing and production efficiency. Painting has also undergone innovations like Ductile and BSI for enhanced durability, flexibility, and recyclability.

Painters can now substitute to less pollutant materials, change your painting processes, and improve spraying to minimize wastage. Also, use cleaning solvents with minimal volatile organic compounds for reduced environmental pollution and toxicity.

How a Painter Contractor Can Do Their Part to Reduce Pollution

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So what does painting and pollution have in common? Lots.

First, when paint get’s old and falls apart it’s taken to the landfill. There it sits. For a very very long time. This is unnatural and can harm the environment. Chemicals in the paint can seep into under water supplies. Trees and plants have difficulty growing and rooting in paint. So the less we put in our landfill the greener our earth will be. So the question becomes how do we keep paint out of the landfill?

Better technology. Paint has advanced over the years. New innovations have given it new life. Longer life. Stronger and flexible. BSI is one such variation. This new paint is made from recyclable materials and last way longer. So when it does finally crumble it will be recycled into new paint instead of make it’s way to the landfill.

Another advancement called Ductile uses steal hairs to make it last even longer than BSI. So even less into the landfill.

These are just the tip of the iceberg for what a paint contractor can do to reduce pollution. I did a search online for painters in Pittsburgh to see what random contractors were doing, if anything, to reduce pollution. It seems most painter contractors have not yet come around, but some have like these painters Pittsburgh. Maybe it’s the cost of these new technologies. Maybe its lack of getting the word out.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Unit we meet again remember to go green or go home.

How A Home Inspector Can Do Their Part To Reduce Pollution

You may be thinking, “What the heck does a home inspector have to do with pollution reduction?”

Good question!

I’ve given this some thought and did some research.

Home builders sometimes take shortcuts in their work. These shortcuts are intended to reduce costs to increase profits.

But sometimes these shortcuts include hazardous materials! Things such as asbestos, radon and lead paint!

Now granted, there are checks for these things, but sometimes things get over looked. Sometimes things slip through the cracks.

That’s where our hero comes in. The home inspector.

You as a buyer (or seller) should hire a profession home inspector to check for these hazardous materials before buying (or selling) a home.

This does two things. First, it sheds light on the culprit. Hopefully putting an end to their pollution. Two, it insures that no one is harmed from these horrible materials.

I dug around and did some searches in different places to see if any inspectors looked for such things.

I search for “home inspection grand prairie” and discovered that in fact they do! In fact, most inspectors are trained on this very topic when they get there certifications.

So do your part to shine a light on pollution when buying/selling a home.

That’s all for this episode folks. Remember to recycle!

Concrete Pollution and What You Can Do About It

So you may be wondering, “How bad is concrete for the environment?”

Well, that depends. Some environmental effects of concrete are harmful. Others, actually beneficial.

So what’s a concrete Billings contractor to do?

First let’s talk about the bad. Then we’ll get into what you can do about it.

Fact. The cement industry is a top producer of the bad boy carbon dioxide. What’s that?

Well that my friend is a potent greenhouse gas. That’s bad juju.

Fact. Concrete reeks havoc on topsoil. This is the fertile layer of the Earth. Where green stuff grows. Not good.

So what can you do to help alleviate some of these problems with concrete hurting our environment?

Lots.

For starters, follow environmentally friendly business practices for concrete like concrete recycling.

You’re going to run into lots of demolition jobs. That demolition contains broken down concrete. Instead of shipping it to a landfill, recycle it.

All you have to do is get all the crap like trash, wood, paper and things out of the mix and then put it through a crushing machine.

Don’t have one? Someone does. Find a recycle company near bye.

Guess what? All that rebar can be recycled too. So get going! You’ll feel better knowing your demolition is not damaging our Earth.

You can even use that in your advertising! Win win.

So we’ve talked about a few ways that concrete is messing with our planet. Then we talked about steps you can take as a concrete contractor to help reduce pollution by recycling concrete and rebar from your demolition projects.

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