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The air compressor in your McAllen shop, garage, or industrial facility undoubtedly increases the productivity of your operations in many ways. With such a vital machine, it can be easy to overlook some of the environmental concerns associated with its use. Air compressor waste is a serious issue that should dealt with in a responsible manner. Air compressors come in many shapes, sizes, and functions and create many different types of waste. Most industrial compressors use oil as lubrication, and that is the primary environmental concern with compressor use. The oil and water mixture, called condensate, that collects in compressed air systems contains hydrocarbons and other harmful particulates that are threats to the planet, not to mention the health and safety of your workplace, and need proper attention. Moreover, compressors that utilize refrigerant contain hazardous chlorofluorocarbons that must be appropriately disposed properly in accordance with government guidelines. These air compressor waste products can never be poured down drains or placed into garbage bins.
In many cases, businesses hire an outside waste management company like RGV Household Services that is licensed for hazardous waste to drain and dispose of or recycle compressor condensate. This is a viable option as it ensures the waste is properly processed and eliminated.Licensed waste disposal vendors can usually be found online in state and county hazardous waste disposal directories.
Businesses that use a compressed air system may also wish to use a condensate management system to make the storage and disposal of air compressor wasteeasier. These filtration systems separate the oil from the water, so the water can be safely drained and the oil easily stored for disposal. RGV Household Services offers condensate management systems to customers across McAllen. We have been McAllen`s trusted source forjunk removal,hauling, scrap metal removal, dumpster services, furniture removal, comprehensive compressor disposal services and the top-quality used compressorsrecycling and compressor hauling for more than 5 years.
At RGV Household Services we strongly advocate the proper disposal of air compressor waste.
I know what you’re thinking, you just purchased a new compressor and you’re asking yourself;
“what am I going to do with this old air compressor?” No worries, you have a few great options;
If your old air compressor still has some life and you have room, keep it as a backup compressor. Back up air compressors are UNDER RATED. If your new compressor sneezes; the backup compressor is there to keep your plant running. If your new compressor is due for service; the backup compressor is there to keep your plant running. Calculate how much your plant generates per hour and calculate 8 hours of down time, it’s worth having back up. If you do hook up the old air compressor as a backup machine, stagger the pressure switches so the old compressor is set 5-10 psi lower than the load set point on the new compressor.
If you purchased or have a reliable back up compressor then sell the old compressor on any social or online auctions like craigslist for local listings or eBay for online auctions. A good rule of thumb would be $100 per 1 hp for good condition or $125 per 1 hp for great condition. If it’s a well-known brand and in great-excellent condition, then you may be closer to $150-$200 per hp. In any sale, it’s always recommended to take quality photos. And try to clean up the old compressor as the cleaner it looks, the more you’ll sell it for.
If your old air compressor has been decommissioned then its best to cut a large whole or cut the tank in half with a torch or cutting tool. This can eliminate any liability if someone else takes the old compressor tank from your property. We don’t recommend it but we have heard some people cutting the old tanks into BBQ pits (I hope they used food grade oil 🙂)
Salvage the old compressor for scrap. Many clients will separate the metals for better scrap value; steel, copper (electric motor), cast (pump), etc.
Feel free to contact anyone at RGV Household Services office to discuss your old air compressor removal. RGV Household Services specializes in junk removal, junk pick up, scrap metal removal, appliance removal, recycling services, garage clean out, house clean out services, office clean out, property clean out services.
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