Cardboard and Paper Producers: What Are Your Waste Water Treatment Responsibilities?

Cardboard and Paper Producers: What Are Your Waste Water Treatment Responsibilities?

Did you know that cardboard and paper waste can cause significant pollution to the environment? When you think about cardboard and paper waste, it’s easy to assume it’s harmless. After all, how much damage can paper do? Well you might just be surprised! If you run a paper and cardboard production company, it’s important you gain a good understanding of your environmental responsibilities. Ensuring you have adequate waste water treatment on site is vital.

Understanding cardboard and paper waste

There are a number of ways a cardboard and paper company might produce effluent wastewater. It could be from your process operations such as de-inking, or it could be created throughout the cooling process. The actual waste may contain:

·         Fuels and oils

·         Suspended solids

·         Cleaning products

·         Heavy metals

·         Solvents

·         Alkalis and acids

All of these need to be responsibly treated to ensure they don’t contaminate the environment. There are various types of waste water treatment available to suit the needs of paper and cardboard companies. Make sure you’re choosing the best solution to fit your needs.

Proper waste water treatment requirements

You need to ensure you have adequate industrial effluent treatment procedures in place. Firstly it’s important you get authorisation from an environmental regulator to ensure you have permission to eliminate the waste from the property. Once you’ve received this authorisation, you need to make sure you treat the waste water extensively. Using a proper company to help with your waste water treatment is highly advisable.

Integrated Effluent Solutions has numerous waste water treatment options to fit your business. We even offer a pilot plant that can be used to test out various treatments. The best way to treat paper and cardboard waste is via biological solutions.

The people you employ to handle your waste need to be properly qualified. They may even require a permit. This is something you’ll need to discuss with your local council. The same applies for those who maintain the system. Employing a professional company to maintain and service your treatment plant will ensure you stick to the law and meet environmental regulations. Professional effluent waste companies are trained in all of the latest environmental regulations so they will ensure you are always operating within the law.

Things to avoid

There are a few treatment types that you should avoid when dealing with paper and cardboard waste. For example, you should never use chlorine bleach. The chemicals within bleaching products will react with the organics of your system. If you’re using dyes it’s also recommended you stick to ones with solid pigments. This enables them to be successfully treated by clarification.

Overall treating your cardboard and paper waste in the proper way will ensure you stay on the right side of the law. If you’re unsure what your responsibilities are, consult a professional company. Always ensure you are using appropriate, high quality treatment solutions and that you maintain the waste water treatment plant regularly. If at any point you change the way in which the business operates, you’ll need to review your waste water treatment options.