Absorbent mats are an essential part of a wide range of industries. From aerospace facilities to manufacturing buildings, absorbent mats soak up a variety of liquids that are in constant use in or around machinery, such as oil, water, and coolants.
Disposable vs. Reusable Mats
When selecting the right mat for your business, you have options—consider either reusable or disposable absorbent mats. Disposable absorbent floor mats may seem like the more convenient option but generally end up costing more money, time and headaches to manage appropriately.
Purchasing disposable absorbent mats means you also have to purchase collection containers, proper signage, manage inventory, establish a waste vendor to dispose of the used mats and manage the liability that could come from the EPA’s Paint Filter Test, resulting from overly soaked absorbent matting. Utilizing a vendor managed program for reusable absorbent mats would eliminate these steps, saving hours each week.
Disposable Absorbent Mats
Disposable absorbent that pulls in oils, coolants, water, and other industry liquids. Disposable absorbent mats, often called pig mats or pig socks, are a common industry solution for absorbing liquids, but they aren’t the best option.
Disposable absorbent mats are capable of absorbing liquids, but when tested and compared to an industry standard reusable absorbent mat, the disposable mat required three pieces to absorb the same amount of liquid as one reusable absorbent mat. By using a disposable mat to absorb liquid, you’re likely to purchase inventory sooner rather than later, and you’ll dispose of oil-filled mats that will eventually make their way to a landfill, resulting in pollution and other environmental impacts.
The Negative Environmental Effects of Disposable Absorbent Mats
Neglecting to participate in the recycling process by disposing your absorbent mats has significant negative impacts on the environment:
Disposing of oil-absorbent mats affects pollution in several different ways. For example, when specific waste, such as disposable absorbent mats, end up in a landfill, harmful oils and other chemicals seep into the soil, which can result in cancerous cells forming in the dirt. Incineration of used mats results in harmful emissions that pollute that air we breathe. Overflowing Landfills
Landfills are designed as a designated place to deposit waste, but it’s no secret that as more of the population continues to neglect recycling, our landfills are going to continuously pile up and deposit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
Natural Habitat Destruction
As landfills pile up with materials, the earth can’t keep up with the amount of hazardous waste, resulting in the destruction of natural habitats.
Reusable Absorbent Mats
Implementing recycling services for reusable absorbent mats has a wide range of benefits:
- Save money and energy
- Prevent the increase of pollution by reducing the need for new, raw materials
- Conserve natural, valuable resources
- Support American manufacturing
- Increase economic security by tapping into a domestic material source
Not only do you help the environment and save money on inventory with reusable absorbent mats, but recycling companies can also help you reach your green initiatives by developing a custom recycling program tailored to your operational needs.
A Proprietor for Quality, Reusable Oil-Absorbent Mats
Closed Loop Recycling is a proprietor of a wide range of quality, reusable oil-absorbent mats. Customers from a wide range of industries consider our mats a necessity for various industry solutions, from keeping automotive shop floors clean and slip-free to picking up oil leaks from facility machinery.
CLR is a sole proprietor of what’s become the industry standard for reusable, oil-absorbent mats. As a part of our recycling program, we provide our customers with various reusable mats for a wide range of industry-specific applications. When you choose CLR for your absorbent mats, you get your materials and recycling needs from a single-source vendor, eliminating the need to outsource providers.
Our Oil-Absorbent Mats
We provide four different types of reusable absorbent mats that are designed, manufactured, and used to meet specific industry needs:
- Quilted Floor Mats: An essential solution for oil and water spills, food oils, and coolants, our quilted floor mats are an excellent reusable mat option for thin fluids and “reactive” applications.
- Oil-Absorbent Hydromats: A likely choice for oil-only industry applications, CLR’s oil-absorbent hydromats soak up oil spills on any surface.
- Poly Absorbent Mats: Known as the “marathon mat,” CLR recommends poly absorbent mats for everyday operational use, especially in “proactive” application.
- Absorbent Sock Sub: CLR’s sock sub is a reusable alternative capable of holding twice as much liquid as the standard disposable sock.
CLR’s Innovative Recycling Program for Oil-Absorbent Mats
As a single-source recycling vendor, various customers consider our recycling program a turnkey SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure). We take care of everything for you: providing the reusable mats, implementing satellite recycling stations, training employees and staff, transporting used mats and materials, and recycling containers sustainably. We also provide you with a detailed sustainability report for your green initiatives, such as Zero to Landfill or ISO 14001.
A wide range of industries depend on CLR’s state-of-the-art recycling process to clean their oil-absorbent mats successfully and efficiently:
- We take your used absorbent mats back to our facility and clean them for reuse with a state-of-the-art process that doesn’t produce waste.
- Our team provides you with reusable mats to run your business. Then, once they need to be cleaned, we collect them in drums and return them to your facility after they’re cleaned.
- CLR takes our services to the next level by creating a custom layout of your facility to pinpoint collection and distribution routes.
Our Free Trial Program
Unlike any other company, CLR offers a free trial recycling program, so you can get an idea of how you can benefit from recycling and reusing your oil-absorbent mats. The CLR free recycling trial begins with one of our certified Territory Managers arriving at your facility and assessing your industry-specific needs, analyzing what you’re currently using to run your business, such as required personal protective equipment (PPE) and absorbents.
After a review of your current products and procedures, the CLR specialist provides you with reusable options that offer the most beneficial budget savings, giving you details about how our recycling services can benefit you. We also perform a cost analysis, so you can determine how CLR services compare to your current system. Contact us today to get started with our free trial program for reusable, oil-absorbent mats.