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"You can't always prevent spills," Shannon says,
"but you can always be well-prepared for one."

Disposing of cleanup materials

Correctly disposing of spill cleanup materials is a
crucial step to the cleanup process. Just because
the spill is no longer on the floor doesn't mean the
job is done. Fleets should have hazardous waste

containers in their facilities for disposing of cleanup materials. There should be different containers
for each type of hazardous material.
"Most of the [facilities] are going to have something for petroleum products," says Flo-Dynamics'
Casale. "They're going to have something for coolants. Some [facilities] even mix it because their
person that takes that away has the ability to separate the water and antifreeze from the petroleum

products such as oil, transmission fluid, and power
steering fluid."
Brake fluid disposal should be separated from
the substances listed above, Casale adds.
It is also important to note that the absorbents
used to clean the spill will take on the properties of the liquid that was absorbed, meaning the
cleanup material will be just as hazardous as the
spill itself, so proceed with caution.
Additionally, f leets
must be aware of what
the local, state, and federal regulations are when it
comes to disposing of the
contaminated materials.
Landfilling, incineration,
and fuel blending are just
a few methods of disposal for the used materials, note New Pig's Silver
and Iuzzolino.
Occasiona lly,
t he
liquid from the spill can
be reclaimed from the
cleanup materials if there
is a need for recycling or
reducing the total amount
of waste being disposed,
but the reclaiming process
is typically not cost-effective or practical, Silver and
Iuzzolino explain.
Furthermore, not all
liquids can be reclaimed.
If acid is spilled, it will not
be reclaimed due to safety issues. For the liquids
that can be salvaged, use
the process of centrifuging
or wringing out the cleaning materials. It should
be noted that after the
liquid is reclaimed from
the cleanup material,
that material is no longer
usable on future spills and
must be disposed of.

Conclusion

Overall, spill containment and cleanup are
about being prepared for
what's inevitably going to
happen. As long as fleets
create comprehensive spill
plans, train employees on
best practices for handling
spills, and know how to
properly dispose of all
used spill cleanup materials, they'll be ready for
any leaks, drips, or spills
that come their way.
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Uptime: Top Industry Trends in 2020 and Beyond
How Active Safety Systems Pave the Way to Vehicle Autonomy
Vehicles: Steps to Understand and Prevent Corrosion
In the Bay: Remote Vehicle Management Enters a New Phase
Shop Operations: How to Prevent, Contain, and Clean Up Shop Spills
Management: A Guide to World-Class Maintenance
Training: What is a Bistable Relay?
Reman, Rebuild, Replace: What's the Difference Between a Supplier and a Supply Partner?
Diagnostics: Four Steps of an Effective Maintenance Program
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: Trends in Asset Telematics
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