Across the world, many people are aware of the affect their actions have on the environment and therefore are often looking for ways to help reduce their impact on the environment. This awareness is even more prevalent in the corporate arena where, many companies now have a corporate social responsibility policy (CSR) that integrates social and environmental concerns such as reducing their ‘Carbon footprint’. First used by a professor at the University of British Columbia, the phrase was derived from the more general term ‘ecological footprint’ which relates to a more general view of human demands on the Earth’s ecosystem. Carbon footprint is now a widely referenced and understood concept.
In 2002, a new concept known as the ‘Water footprint’ was the next evolutionary step to bubble to the surface. Water footprint is defined as “the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business”. In many manufacturing plants, a reliable water supply is essential as either an ingredient, cooling or cleaning. Therefore, both businesses and government legislation are putting more and more emphasis on ways to reduce the amount of water consumed or to look at ways in which it can be used more effectively. At Russell Finex we have a wide variety of screening machines, enclosed liquid self-cleaning filters and centrifugal separators that are suitable for use within water recovery applications. For example, installing the Russell Liquid Solid Separator within in a bottle recycling plant ensures water used to remove the labels from the bottles can be reclaimed providing significant savings in both costs and water usage.
Watch a video showing the Liquid Solid Separator in action during effluent cleanup.