Evergreen Fire and Safety is constantly striving for new methods to reduce our carbon footprint in an effort to create a positive impact environmentally. In providing fire extinguisher service, the majority of mono-ammonium phosphate based powder is recycled as a means to reduce usage. We ensure all company vehicles run on more fuel-efficient nitrogen in our tires. Our extinguisher cylinders are reused where possible and conscientiously recycled whenever necessary as well as being diligent in our administrative recycling programs.
Our scheduling and dispatching policies for our service vehicles are designed specifically to reduce unnecessary travel and eliminate wasted fuel consumption and emissions. Our valued clients partner with us in this endeavour, working together with us to most efficiently organize inspections on an ongoing basis. This allows us to not only minimize the environmental impact, but also to prevent price increases in our service and inspection cost. As a result, we do not have any allowances for mileage surcharges or travel time.
Recycling Of Lead-Acid Batteries
The lead-acid battery could be the most misunderstood product of our time. These power sources are used so extensively that 20th century life would not be possible without them. But most of us who benefit from lead-acid batteries everyday know little about these workhorses.
Lead-acid batteries come in many different sizes and operate hidden from view. Their workings are a bit confusing; they’re bought because they’re needed, not wanted; and they are taken completely for granted until they die.
More important, few of us know that when lead-acid batteries reach the end of their lives, they are recycled at a higher rate than any other consumer product.
If lead-acid batteries are misunderstood, their primary component, lead, is feared and maligned. Too much lead exposure can cause serious health damage in adults and impair intellectual development in children.
Over exposure to lead from leaded gasoline, lead-based paint, improperly glazed pottery and contaminated soil has been called one of the greatest dangers to children today, and we should be vigilant in protecting them from too much of it. Critics of electric vehicles have played on this fear of lead, and the lead-acid batteries that power EVs as a way to plant doubt about the viability of electric cars.
In our fear of lead, we have allowed ourselves to remain ignorant about the benefits of lead-acid batteries and the very successful operational controls industry uses to protect people.
Batteries: Everywhere But Out Of Sight
When Gaston Plante invented the lead-acid battery a century ago, he could not have envisioned the role his invention would play today. Lead-acid batteries are critical to transportation, communication, electric utilities and as emergency backup systems. Without them, life as we know it would not be possible.
Because batteries are the likely power source for tomorrow’s electric passenger car, and because researchers are looking at batteries as alternatives to oil and gas generation, life in the 21st century may not be possible without them, either.