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There’s a lot more to Rock River Environmental Solutions and the industries we serve than you might realize! Here are some interesting facts that you may find useful.

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Starting January 1, 2011, disposal of used oil absorbents and used oil filters will be prohibited in landfills in the State of Wisconsin. Violating this new law (ACT 86) may result in fines of up to $2,000 per occurrence. Rock River Environmental Solutions can help dispose of used oil absorbents and filters. Call Debi at (815) 654-4726 for more information.

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After Hurricane Katrina, Rock River Environmental Solutions sent a field crew to New Orleans at the request of a Fortune 50 client to coordinate hazardous waste collections and disposal in a dilapidated 6 city block size area of commercial / industrial buildings. Over 30 yards of hazardous paint wastes were diverted from being improperly disposed of as well as several thousand pounds of other toxic and corrosive wastes.

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Between all of our experienced field staff, we have performed environmental or industrial projects in every state of the union except Hawaii.

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Typically the first step in disposing of an industrial waste is determining whether or not the material meets the definition of a hazardous waste. The most effective way to do this while limiting your company’s liability is to have a certified laboratory analyze the waste for hazardous characteristics. Rock River Environmental Solutions can obtain samples, complete the analysis for you and help determine how the waste should be handled.

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The business model at Rock River Environmental Solutions allows us to handle timely customer requests. Should you have an impending audit or sale on a property, call us at 815-654-4726, and a project manager will assist you in making sure your deadlines are met.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions utilizes Winnebago Landfill, our sister company, to dispose of non-recyclable waste streams and those with no market value. Additionally, we can provide you with solidification of your non-hazardous wastes at Winnebago Landfill. Simply fill out a Profile Form located in our Resources link to get started.

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Winnebago Landfill, our sister company, has partnered with William Charles Energy to capture the methane gas that is produced from your waste to generate electricity. They convert enough methane gas from the landfill to power 5,000 homes annually.

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Potassium and sodium metals, which are common chemistry classroom substances, can form potentially explosive super oxides. Should you have these types of materials, please give us a call so that we may assist with proper handling and disposal, help you develop a lab safety program, assist you in taking inventory of your waste chemicals, and become your exclusive waste service provider.

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“Do it right the first time” has been the motto of our parent company for over five generations. We combine this attitude with making a guarantee to our clients that no one else will service you better than we can.

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Over 75% of the field staff at Rock River Environmental Solutions have obtained at least a Bachelors Degree in the sciences or an environmental related major.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions can offer in-house training for any class size at your place of business. Whether it is for chemical safety or general industry, we can cater the training to your particular needs.

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The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals™ (AHMP), formerly the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Inc. (ACHMM) is a professional association with a membership of more than 4,000 of the nation’s leading experts in environmental, health, safety and security management. AHMP is the only national organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions has not had one lost time incident in its 10+ year history.

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All of our field staff are 40 hour HAZWOPER trained, and have just completed our annual OSHA 30 hour general industry safety training. Additionally, our field staff receives specialized training – from gas cylinder awareness to high hazard chemical management – all in an effort to provide our employees with excellent training, and our clients with a resourceful professional staff.

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Since our parent company, Rock River Environmental Services, owns and operates the Winnebago Landfill in Northern Illinois, we can solidify and/or landfill customers’ waste when other treatment methods are unnecessary or cost-prohibitive. Based on our relationships with several local disposal companies, we do not charge our clients for hub fees, energy and security fees, and other ancillary costs that many other disposal companies charge.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions can schedule “milkruns” – less than load (LTL) – trips on a regular basis. By doing so, we can reduce your transportation cost and provide your company with the most efficient handling and disposal of your waste, regardless of how much you generate.

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We can apply these treatment methods to your bulk waste stream(s) through our network of pre-approved recycling/disposal facilities.

* Solidification/Landfill (Subtitle D)

* Stabilization/Landfill (Subtitle C)

* Fuel Blending/Recycling

* Microencapsulation

* Wastewater/Sludge Treatment

* Incineration

* Chemical Oxidation

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The term “lab-pack” refers to placing several sealed containers of compatible hazardous wastes into a larger vessel, such as a 55-gallon drum, along with a packing material such as vermiculite, in order to transport the wastes to a disposal/incineration facility.

Although lab-packs appear inefficient when compared to combining all materials, they actually make a lot of sense. It is unwise, for safety and legal reasons, to encourage mixing different lab wastes in a single container.

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The majority of medical waste, about two million tons annually, is generated from hospitals. Other large contributors to medical waste are physician, dental and veterinarian practices, as well as laboratories and research facilities related to the manufacturing of certain pharmaceuticals.

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When surfaces such as concrete or other porous surfaces become contaminated with PCBs, they are extremely difficult to effectively remove with conventional methods such as industrial cleaning or powerwashing. Many times, highly specialized techniques are required which may include scarifying or chemically extracting the PCBs from the substrate.

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During the Cedar Rapids, Iowa flood cleanup in 2008, one Rock River Environmental Solutions field crew of 4 team members coordinated and handled the disposal and recycling of over 3 semiloads of hazardous and nonhazardous waste over a 4-week period.

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We maintain a fleet of vacuum trucks that are capable of containerizing up to 5500 gallons of liquid or 1500 gallons of sludges or solids. Our Supervac is capable of moving and containerizing heavy sludges or can be used for specialized projects such as soil or solids removal. We have permits to handle any type of material whether it be non-hazardous lightweight powders to hazardous waste sludges.

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We provide our customers with the most cost effective solutions for all your industrial projects and waste disposal needs.

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Each of our field staff has been confined space trained and perform industrial cleaning / confined space projects on a regular basis. We’ve provided clients with exceptional performance on our projects for the past ten years.

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Except in rare cases, OSHA requires that a confined space crew consist of three (3) individuals: A Supervisor, an Attendant and an Entrant. These individuals must each have been trained according to 29CFR 1910.146, and should keep their training active by receiving an 8 hour refresher course annually.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions recently completed industrial cleaning services for a 297,000 sq. ft. building used for banner printing. Located in the Chicagoland area, the services were completed in about one week using eight field staff, the best cleaning equipment, and a 5,500 gallon tanker.

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We have the proper water-powered pipe jetter to address the issues you may encounter with product delivery or in your facility’s wastewater system. Whether it’s 2,000 PSI or 20,000 PSI of pressure that you require, we can provide the right equipment to get your operation running again.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions recently decommissioned a soy based ink delivery system at a 100,000 sq. ft. printing plant. Over 15 tons of piping was decontaminated and sent for scrap recycling.

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“Asbestos” means inextinguishable in greek. Prior to the 1960s, asbestos was called the “miracle fiber” because it could be used in so many different products. It was inexpensive, easy to work with, and abundant. The fibers didn’t burn, were durable, strong, flexible, and resistant to wear. More than 3000 different products were made using asbestos. Some of these included pipe insulation, sprayed-on fireproofing, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, brake pads, clutch facings, plasters, mastics, adhesives, gaskets, packing materials for valves, asbestos gloves, siding, shingles, roofing materials, firemen’s clothing, and thousands more products.

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As part of the cleanup efforts after the Cedar Rapids, IA flood of ‘08, Rock River Environmental Solutions ordered 12, 20,000-gal. frac boxes for a flooded basement project. Over the course of 1.5 weeks, nearly 300,000 gallons of wastewater were moved through the boxes and disposed of off site. Engineers were on hand to ensure that no more than 1 ft. of water per day was removed to avoid wall collapse.

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According to the USEPA, nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. In fact, in 2006, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 251 million tons of municipal solid waste, which is approximately 4.6 pounds of waste per person per day. In addition, American industrial facilities generate and dispose of approximately 7.6 billion tons of industrial solid waste each year.

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We collect the following universal waste for recycling:

Batteries

Alkaline

Lead Acid (Wet or Dry cell)

Lithium

Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium)

Silver Oxide

Mercury

Nickel Iron

Bulbs

Straight Fluorescents

U-Tubes, Circ-lines, Compacts

HID Lamps

Low Pressure Sodium Lamps

High Pressure Sodium Lamps

Metal Halide Lamps

Mercury Vapor Lamps

Ballasts

Non-PCB Ballasts

CRTs/Electronic Scrap

Computer Screens

Televisions

Printers, photocopiers,

keyboards

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According to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA.org) in a single year, 18.895 billion gallons of propane were sold in the U.S. 7.942 billion gallons were sold to residential and commercial users, 8.467 billion gallons were sold to the chemical industry, 891 million gallons were sold to industrial operations, and 981 million gallons sold to agricultural users.

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The amount of oil spilled from the Exxon Valdez was 10.8 million gallons which could neatly fill up about 125 olympic-sized swimming pools!

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Peroxide crystals can form on the container cap or the threads of the lid and detonate when the lid is twisted. NEVER open a liquid organic peroxide or peroxide-forming chemical if you suspect that crystals or a precipitate are present.

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A cylinder with an inoperable valve may be considered by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to be a non-shippable container if it were to fail a leak test. Should you have such a cylinder, Rock River Environmental Solutions can perform valve repair and ensure that all your cylinders are safe to be shipped over the road.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions coordinated and managed the removal and recycling of over 300,000 gallons of wastewater from a flooded basement of a customer. Over 50 truck loads were coordinated along with the procurement of 12 x 20,000 gal. frac boxes per the customer’s request. The entire project was finalized in just over two weeks.

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Rock River Environmental Solutions is currently working with a leading environmental consultant in the Northern Illinois area to complete a comprehensive investigation under the IEPA’s Site Remediation Program. So far we have assisted in completion of the sampling plan, removing several loads of contaminated soil, and managing the transportation and disposal of the waste at our landfill.

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As an added convenience to our customers, Rock River Environmental Solutions can send an instructor to your location for on-site safety training. We also offer training for classes of all sizes at our Rockford, IL facility.

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Phone:  815-654-4726

5450 Wansford Way
RockfordIllinois  61109
United States


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