When it comes to commercial hoses or any type of hose, many people are left wondering how to properly dispose of them. Do you just throw them in the trash? Can they be recycled? At ASJ Hose, we want you to have quality commercial hoses to use safely and effectively in your field of work, but we also want you to know the best ways to dispose of your old hoses. After all, the way old hoses are disposed of can have an impact on the environment. Whether you need a hydraulic, fire, air, pressure hose or other type of commercial hose, you can count on ASJ Hose in the United States to provide you with the best quality supply for your application.
We only offer top-of-the-line hoses, clamps, valves, and other hose supplies from manufacturers we trust. Homeowners must take steps to ensure their hydraulic system is not exposed to air and must keep their hydraulic fluid containers tightly sealed. Companies across the country use X-rays to extract and recycle silver. You can find them searching online for “X-ray film recycling” and make sure they are HIPAA compliant.
Few owners or operators of equipment continue to operate an overheating engine. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when it comes to a hydraulic system that gets too hot. But like an engine, the quickest way to destroy hydraulic components, seals, hoses, and the oil itself is to operate at a high temperature. X-ray machines manufactured before July 1979 may contain a toxic substance called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the transformer oil.
If your machine contains PCBs, you'll need to contact a waste disposal specialist to safely dispose of this substance. It is also your responsibility to test the machine for PCB detection before transferring ownership. Hydraulic oil is not only a lubricant but it is also the means by which energy is transferred throughout the entire hydraulic system. Hydraulic fluid contamination refers to anything that prevents hydraulic fluid from doing its job and since hydraulic fluid disposal is regulated by federal and local regulations, you can also expect to reduce the cost of hydraulic fluid disposal.
Any form of hydraulic fluid contamination can reduce performance and increase the chance of costly repairs in the future. During my two decades working in the hydraulic industry, I have been fortunate enough to observe and learn from the mistakes and omissions that users of hydraulic systems make when maintaining their equipment. New owners can avoid hydraulic fluid contamination by washing the hydraulic system before use and installing filters. In conclusion, it is important for homeowners and businesses alike to understand how best to dispose of old or damaged tubing from a hydraulic system.
Not only will this help protect our environment but it will also help reduce costs associated with disposing of hazardous materials.