Dumping and pumping tips
Problems and Solutions
Dumping is another key component to your business costs. Be sure to research all of your dumping options. Some may be more economical than others. In urban areas, you may have multiple dumping facilities within your geographic area with varying fees. Carefully plan your routes so that you are nearest to the dumping facility at the end of the route, or when you estimate your truck will be full. Mileage and time spent driving to dumping facilities is another practical cost to consider. Larger operations get around this problem by keeping large holding tanks on their facility or installing approved discharge areas.
Learn and comply with all state and local environmental, health, and EPA laws in your area. Only use treatment chemicals that are allowed by law. Make sure MSDS forms are current and all deodorant products used are in compliance with your dumping facility.
Maintaining your pump equipment is a primary concern. Keep replacement parts available so that breakdowns cause less downtime. When pumping, your exhaust valve can emit a bad smell that customers may find offensive. One way to deal with this problem is to use an oil-based air freshener in your pump. These scent-masking oils are not compatible with all types of equipment. Be sure to check with your pump manufacturer before you use them. Or, schedule service when there will be minimum exposure to people in the area.