Atlantic Poly Blog

Drum Liners to Dispose of Hazardous Materials

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 21, 2014

Companies that come into contact with or dispose of hazardous materials that need to be contained, drum liners are the solution.  The possibility of exposure to hazardous chemicals, friable materials, blood and body fluids cannot be ignored if your industry is disposal, demolition or involved in bio waste.

Spilling these materials poses a health risk to the environment, to employees, and to pedestrians. Drum liners give your business an extra level of security against leaks, spills and contamination. Plastic drum liners are necessary to keep chemical contents separated from other materials and waste products.  In many states and situations this is actually mandated by law.

DrumSkin are Poly Plastic Drum Liners from Atlantic Poly that provide an extra level of safety, reliability and protection when used for dense or viscous materials. Keeping your employees and the environment safe requires a high standard of practice. Local, state and federal regulations make it harder and harder to maintain standards of removal and disposal. Drum liners can accommodate those standards.

Even if what you are disposing of is not hazardous, using drum liners ensures additional security against leaks and spills.

As a Polyethylene and Poly Drum Liner supplier, Atlantic Poly Inc provides a sensible, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for storing, mixing and processing liquids, pastes and powders. Contact us for a quote.

Plastic Bag Ban not the Solution in RI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 13, 2014

There are many in Rhode Island advocating for a statewide ban on plastic bags. Everyone wants a healthy environment for future generations, but a bag ban is not a silver bullet solution, especially when aluminum cans, paper products and glass bottles riddle the roadsides. As well intentioned as the cause may be, to single out one industry in the name of environmental stewardship is simply misguided.

The EPA reports that plastic retails bags make up less than 0.5% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Considering that the unemployment rate in the U.S. sits just above 7% and Rhode Island's at 9%, should we really be making it tougher for those who depend on plastic manufacturing and recycling jobs to earn a living? Bag bans - if enacted - would essentially shut down this vibrant American industry.

Plastic bags are also the most environmentally friendly choice at the checkout, as the vast majority of plastic retail bags are made in the United States using high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a byproduct of natural gas, not oil, and are 100% recyclable. This is in stark contrast to their reusable bag counterparts - most of which are manufactured in China with oil and cannot be recycled, cluttering up landfills.

In fact, you may even be depositing your bags and other plastic wraps in the bins outside your local grocery stores, which are then picked up and recycled into new plastic bags.

Dr. David Tyler of the University of Oregon summed up the choice of plastic grocery bags like this: "If the most important environmental impact you wanted to alleviate was global warming, then you would go with plastic."

Those who also claim that a bag ban will reduce the costs for municipalities in their clean up and disposal are selling you a false bill of goods. The National Center for Policy Analysis studied this claim in those localities, like San Francisco, which have bag bans already in effect. The report concludes that there is "no evidence of a reduction in costs attributable to reduced use of plastic bags."

There are very real economic consequences to plastic bag bans with no scientific evidence to back them up.

For more information on recycling and  recyclable plastic bags, contact Atlantic Poly.

Specialty Polyethylene Bags Protect Products from Harsh Environments

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 07, 2014

Biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, electronics manufacturers, and companies with government contracts are all businesses that require the use of specialty polyethylene bags. Specialty polyethylene bags are used in businesses or manufacturing facilities where there are stringent requirement to protect products against moisture, salt, static electricity and any other type of contamination.

If your business relies on protecting its products from these harsh items and environments during storage or shipment, Atlantic Poly can supply Mil Spec Bags, Anti Static Bags, Clean Room ISO Certified Bags, and Vapor Inhibitor Bags that are right for your business application. Whether the bags are needed to protect custom ASICs in expensive high end electronics, for military applications, or to protect people from hazardous waste we have the specialty polyethylene bags that you need.

Industries that use specialty poly bags include agriculture, biomedical, semiconductor electronics, manufacturing, medical, military and defense programs, pharmaceutical, and hazardous waste.

For more information on our Specialty Polyethylene Bags, contact Atlantic Poly.