structural engineeringIf you work in an industrial environment, you likely are familiar with, if not concerned about, the production and management of biosolid waste. The idea of dealing with waste is a necessary part of industrial work, especially for government entities and the biosolid management industry. Storing and treating biosolid waste can be messy and expensive if you don’t have the best system in place. The best documented storage method for biosolid management, by our recommendation, comes in the form of live bottom and horizontal bins.
What Are Live Bottom Bins?

Live bottom bins are one of the best storage materials for dealing with consistently large amounts of biological waste. With a live bottom bin, the waste is placed into the bin and flows down to the bottom. When the waste reaches the bottom of the bin, a screw mechanism opens to allow the waste to safely collect there. Live bottom bins work as a filtering system for water or other liquids, removing the undesirable waste from it.

What Are Horizontal Bins?

Horizontal bins are a way to store toxic materials safely and easily. They can serve as waste water tanks if the water in question is too contaminated to be purified. There is a certain advantage to horizontal bins. They are typically built with strong weather resistance, meaning if you live or work in an area with high seismic activity, the waste contained within the horizontal bin will not be affected by events.

Why Are These Bins Important to My Commercial Facility?

These bins are some of the safest known ways to store toxic waste. Any waste produced cannot be left exposed. They are best kept in a stable environment with a large enough capacity to hold the waste, as well as a sturdy enough build to keep it safely contained under any circumstance. Horizontal bins and live bottom bins are both built for stability, meaning the risk of disaster situations are minimal. In the event of earthquakes or other seismic-related emergencies, you can rest assured you will have the utmost preparation and peace of mind.

Biosolid Management Applications
New York City creates about 1,200 tons of biosolids on a daily basis. Without the use of biosolid management bins, it would be very difficult for the city to effectively contain and treat its incredible amount of biosolid. Live bottom and horizontal bins allow the local government to contain these biosolids so the city can keep working.

Biosolid management also has many industrial applications. Until recently ConAgra’s Chef Boyardee plant was using subpar and dated methods to remove and treat the sludge created during food processing. This created more sludge than they could treat, costing $400,000 in landfill fees. After switching to a much more effective treatment process utilizing anaerobic live bins, the plant was able to reduce their sludge to waste that could be dried and removed for much less than their previous system, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. 

At B.E. Structural, our team of structural engineers specialize in designing and engineering biosolid bins. In addition to designing and engineering live bottom and waste management bins, we also offer a number of other engineering services for commercial work sites, including assessments of the condition of your work facility and more. If you are interested in our services, contact us to learn more.