Publix Service Seminar & Training at PTR’s Plant City Facility.
On Tuesday, June 18th, PTR Baler and Compactor held a service seminar with Publix to train their facilities staff on PTR’s machinery. Publix, recognized as one of Fortune’s most admired companies since 1994, has over 1,000 stores that utilize PTR equipment.
At PTR’s factory in Plant City, Florida, President & CEO Mike Savage, Technical Support Specialist Joe Merlino, Director of Sales for the Southeast Region Fred Freer and Director of Service Business Development John Rizzo administered the educational course. The experience was very hands-on in teaching the Publix team members how to safely operate the balers and compactors, as well as, the hydraulic and electrical components within the machines.
As the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States, Publix plans to carryout this program to additional Publix regions with the aid of PTR. The seminar emphasized the two companies coming together to strengthen and further their partnership. Publix and PTR have carried out business together for over twenty-five years and continue to strive in the building of their relationship.
Are You Recycling Right?
Being eco-conscious in our home lives is just as important as it is in business. There are many small things we can all do to help make a big difference. Recycling is definitely one of those things and, hopefully, you’re already doing it. However, there’s likely many items that you’ve been throwing into the recycling bin (with good intentions) that just aren’t recyclable. This can cause issues at the plant and create unsafe environment for employees.
So, do you think you’re recycling right? We used a guide from Waste Management to create this list of what you CAN and CAN’T recycle. You might be surprised to see what made the list!
- Aluminum & Steel Cans
- Plastic Bottles
- Glass (*Rules on glass recycling vary, check with your local recycling program first)
- Milk Cartons
- Juice Boxes
- Pizza Boxes (*unless they are very greasy, in which case – trash it)
Remember: Rinse items that contained food or liquid as well as possible.
- Cups with plastic or wax coatings (*many coffee cups have this)
- Polystyrene foam (*some egg cartons)
- Frozen Food boxes
- Plastic to-go containers
- Metal Waste
- Medical Waste
- Holiday Lights
- Garden Hose
- Mixed Material Items (*ex: plastic top + metal bottom = most likely non recyclable)
- Plastic Bags, Freeze Bags, or plastic Wrapping (*see below for details)
While you can’t throw it in your recycling bin, many retailers and grocery stores, such as Target and Wegmans, offer receptacles specifically to collect & recycle plastic bags. To find a location by you, put your zip code in the search engine on this site: Find a Drop Off Location.
It’s so important to be thoughtful of everything we recycle. To learn more, visit Waste Managements complete recycling guide here.
Product Spotlight: The 1800HD Vertical Downstroke Baler
Let PTR help you meet your sustainability goals! Our 1800HD baler is a great option is you’re working with limited ceiling heigh or low clearance. It’s low profile, yet still an incredibly powerful machine.
The 1800HD is ideal for small to mid sized markets including:
- Retail Chains
- Medical Centers
- Hotels & more
Safely and efficiently recycle the following materials:
- Newsprint & Office Paper
- Paper Cartons
- Aluminum Cans
- Textiles & Clothing
The 1800HD produces bales with the following specs:
As always with PTR, you’ll receive 24/7 Emergency Service and our best-in-class PTR warranty. Our technicians are electrical, mechanical and hydraulic experts, so your equipment will always be in the great hands. You’ll also have access to our extensive parts inventory. Check out our separate parts site here.
PTR Baler & Compactor is proud to offer products manufactured in the U.S.A. and fully U.L. approved. Download our PDF here to see full details and specs of the 1800HD. Contact us to learn more about the 3400HD baler or one of our many other models today.
PTR Proudly Supports EREF
PTR is proud to support the Environmental Research & Education Foundation!
Last Wednesday, May 8th, at Waste360’s WasteExpo in Las Vegas, PTR President & CEO Mike Savage presented a $10,000 check to Jim Dowland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Bryan Staley, President/CEO of EREF. Congratulations to EREF on their 25th Anniversary and for the tremendous success of their ‘Silent and Live Auction’, which raised funds for their scholarship program and research grants.
Mike Savage was attending the NWRA’s 2019 Waste Expo, where he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.
Safety & Savings with Cart Dump Systems
PTR Cart Dumpers:
• Save money
• Save Time
• Reduce risk of employee injury
Our Cart Dump Systems, also referred to as cart tippers and lifters, are specifically designed to improve the overall process of loading materials into your compactor. No matter what size waste collection bin or compactor your organization uses, it can benefit from the use of one of our cart tippers. We offer a variety of models to suit your unique needs. This equipment can make a significant difference in the amount of time and manpower it takes. Without the cart dumper, the process can be very strenuous and dangerous for employees. It puts them at risk for injury, which can be easily avoided through the use of our Cart tippers.
The cart tipper is capable of lifting up to 4,000 pound loads. We have many options available, including both mobile and stationary models, as well as hydraulic solutions.
MOBILE LIFTER SOLUTIONS
Is your compactor located in a tight space? PTR’s mobile lifters are equipped with wheels making them easy to move around. They are also easy to store. Several series are available to best fit your needs.
STATIONARY LIFTER SOLUTIONS
These cart dumpers are designed specially for permanent mounting into concrete or metal pads. Choose from manual or push-button controls. A wide variety different models area available. Click here to download the full pdf.
YOUR LIFTER SELECTION DICTIONARY
Here’s what to know when selecting the right cart dumper. Refer to the image below.
Dump Height: Refers to the distance from mounting surface to rim of hopper
Threshold: The distance from mounting location where lifter will be to lip of hopper opening.
Hopper Opening: Dimension (l x w) of the opening you are dumping into
Ceiling Height: Distance from mounting surface to lowest hanging portion of the ceiling.
Cart dumpers are very simple to install and start putting to work. Our skilled PTR technicians can show your staff how to properly use cart dumpers, as well as any other PTR equipment. View our full line of commercial lifters online by clicking here. Let us find a solution that fits your company’s needs and goals! Contact us today to learn more about our extensive line of waste and recycling equipment.
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PTR President & CEO Mike Savage Honored with NWRA Award
PTR is proud to announce that our very own President & CEO Mike Savage has been named a winner of the National Waste & Recycling Association‘s ‘Distinguished Service Award’.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to longstanding members of NWRA who render service in pursuit of its mission and goals. According to NWRA, the award “recognizes the highest spirit of volunteerism, personal integrity, professionalism and performance in an honorable and ethical manner.” Mike Savage will be presented with his award at this year’s WasteExpo on Tuesday, May 7th, in Las Vegas, NV.
Founded in 1962, the National Waste and Recycling Association, or the NWRA, is an organization that acts as a voice of the private sector waste/ recycling services industry. They provide education, safety and technological research and leadership that helps elevate its members.
The 2019 WasteExpo will feature the NWRA Awards breakfast, where Mike Savage and fellow awardees will be honored. There are two award categories in addition to the Distinguished Service Award; Members of the Year Award and Chapter Leadership Award. Mike Savage joins awardees Tom Agema of Homewood Disposal and Kevin O’Brien of WCA Waste Corporation in receiving the award in his category.
“Michael has been an active member of NWRA for many years. He is a former chair of the NWRA’s Supplier Board of Governors where he helped develop the board’s strategic plan. Additionally, he assisted the Board of Trustees with the development of their strategic plan. Michael also finds time to give back to his community where he is active in civic and charitable organizations.” (Press Release, NWRA)
It’s an true honor for PTR’s President and CEO to be selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. PTR prides itself on providing equipment that helps companies not only in the US, but internationally, enact responsible sustainability policies and reach their recycling and waste diversion goals. We’re excited to attend the NWRA Awards Breakfast next month!
The official press release is available here: https://www.waste360.com/national-waste-recycling-association/nwra-recognizes-leaders-industry-contributions
Vertical Baler 101
Balers allow you to transform your cardboard, plastic P.E.T. bottles, aluminum cans and siding into valuable commodities for your organization. Recycling markets purchase these bales, turning what once was waste into a revenue stream. Your baler will become a money-saving tool for your company, as your expenses for waste removal should decrease considerably. Landfills taxes and fees continue to rise each year, so you’ll be glad you have your recycling baler to help offset costs.
You’ll also save critical floor space and keep it free from dangerous debris and clutter. When cardboard and other materials pile up around a warehouse, they create a hazardous environment for employees. Clutter and waste can also lead to unwanted pests and vermin in your warehouse. You’ll also save time and hours of labor because employees won’t have to crush and flatten cardboard boxes themselves,
Another benefit you can feel great about is the positive environmental impact. Rather than sending materials like cardboard, plastic, aluminum, textiles and more off to the landfill, you’re recycling it. The helps show your company is dedicated to caring for the environment.
We offer a variety of fully U.L. approved baler models ranging in size from 24” to 72”. They’re custom tailored to best fit your application. The 1800HD & 3600HDLP are low-profile balers that are ideal for applications with limited space and ceiling height. The 3400HD is our most popular high-density baler, being the ideal size for most supermarkets, retail chains, department stores and more. The 8000HD is our largest and most powerful and vertical baler, great for metal scrap recycling as well as dense polystyrene bales. Bale weights will range in size depending on the model of the baler used. To see our full line of baler models, click here.
It’s important to train staff to properly and safely handle the baler. You’ll want to ensure that only select employees, over the age of 18, are well trained to use the equipment. Ensure that all warning stickers and labels are clearly visible. Staff should also be extremely careful when transporting heavy bales.
A responsible employee should be appointed to ensure all daily maintenance and regular preventative maintenance is being scheduled. To see more of our daily baler maintenance tips, click here or to see our preventative maintenance programs, click here.
PTR Balers save your organization money, time and space, and help your business meet recycling requirements and sustainability goals. Contact PTR today to learn more!
April Awards Lunch
Last Friday, PTR celebrated with an awards lunch for all our union employees. 21 team members received awards for a total of 210 years of service! Additionally, 9 team members received certificates for successfully completing PTR’s Senior Fitter Training course.
Congratulations to all the recipients and for the entire team’s continued dedication to quality!
Zero In On Total Accuracy
PTR’s Weight Monitoring System is the smart, efficient answer to your weight accuracy problems. Many organizations are unknowingly throwing away dollars due to inaccurate weight readings or because they aren’t able to fully optimize pickups. Our weight scale is a unique piece of equipment that allows you to fully optimize pickups for required weights. The digital display unit offers fast, accurate results you can count on.
Our weight monitoring scale and system is the solution to eliminating overweight containers, allowing your organization to optimize pickups for required weights and saving you big on tipping fees. Eliminating overweight containers increases overall safety for yourself and haulers, and saves time and money. With PTR weight scales, you’ll know exactly when your waste container hits the maximum weight allowed by law to be transported. This knowledge is powerful, since haulers charge by weight and for every pull, you’ll see considerable savings on tipping fees.
Regardless of the industry or the size of your company, the reduction in the number of overall pulls can add up to real savings. It can also help mitigate the extra expenses accrued by last year’s ELD mandate. Learn more about that here.
Many other vendors measure fullness by using a pressure gauge on camera. This requires the container to be full, but without any regard to weight. This can result in overweight containers being transported by the waste hauler. PTR’s innovative solution, the Compactor Weight Scale, solves this issue.
Often, typical pressure measurement can be high or low, depending on the type of waste in the compactor. Too low of a weight can lead to extra costs, due to unnecessary pulls. PTR’s advanced weight system uses four load cells under the self contained compactor mail rails to give a more accurate than ever before, regardless of the waste, such as excessive water from fruit. Your organization will quickly begin to reap the benefits once installing this additional feature to your compactor.
Our weight monitoring system is also available for our vertical balers. Contact us to learn more.
• Maximum scale weight (machine plus trash) – 40,000 lbs.
• Approximately 1.5″ of additional machine elevation is required.
• The weight is reported locally via the reader display.
• An additional option that allows the weight reading to be send via cellular signal for remote weight tracking is also available.
• The load cells and indicator are NTEP approved components.
• The scale readings are not considered “legal for trade” purposes.