Tough Materials Require an Equally Tough Waste Compactor

The kind of waste a manufacturer generates is directly related to the nature of the products it produces. And the more unusual the product, the greater the chance an equally specialized waste management solution will be required.

RM2, headquartered in Luxembourg, is an international maker of high-tech fiberglass pallets for the manufacturing and warehousing industries.

RM2 Canada moved to new, larger facilities in Vaughn, Ontario, near Toronto, to help them keep up with the demand for their product. Unhappy with the service they’d received from their previous waste services company, they chose Progressive Waste Solutions as their new environmental services provider.

Progressive’s first challenge was devising a way to handle the rapidly growing amount of waste coming from RM2’s fiberglass extruding lines. When the plant opened, only two lines were in operation. Within months, that number grew to seven, and then nearly doubled again. Progressive realized that RM2 needed to not only dispose of this waste economically, but also segregate it by type.

To address the second issue, Progressive devised a system incorporated five bins that used color coding to help workers easily segregate waste by type. As for the first issue, Progressive recommended the installation of two waste compactors, a conventional machine for waste cardboard and a specialized, heavy-duty 40-yard compactor that could handle fiberglass, a material too tough for conventional compacting machines.

“Because of the nature of our manufacturing processes, we have relied on Progressive Waste Solutions to help us with their innovation approaches to our waste management needs. They have done an outstanding job,” said Graham Poll, Controller/Director, RM2 Canada Inc.

Thanks to the compactors, collections dropped from five times per week to just one or two, providing RM2 with substantial long-term savings.