How carb impacts the shredding industry

How CARB Impacts the Shredding Industry

CARB refers to the ‘California Air Resources Board’ which is a California regulatory agency which deals with issues relevant to maintaining healthy air quality. It was created in 1967 to protect the public from being exposed to toxic air pollutants. The board also provides strategies for complying with air pollution rules and regulations. This article will outline how CARB is currently affecting the shredding industry, how it will continue to in the future and what businesses can do to prepare.

How CARB Currently Impacts the Shredding Industry
CARB is currently driving the shredding industry toward formaldehyde free containers. Formaldehyde is a toxin which is emitted into the air from composite wood. Concerns regarding the toxin came to the forefront during Hurricane Katarina. Survivors were relocated into trailers and mobile homes built of composite wood. The formaldehyde rich ‘Katrina Cottages’ caused hundreds of people to have serious health problems. From this California introduced formaldehyde regulations which restrict the use of composite wood containing the toxin. By 2011 shredders in this state will not be able to use secure document consoles which contain more than trace levels of formaldehyde.

What This Means For the Future of Shredding
The CARB regulation for 2011 will impact the future of the shredding industry in three ways. First, shredding consoles made in China will not be usable in California as they do not have traceable certificates of origin. Without such certification it is impossible to know the percentage of formaldehyde in the container. This means that Chinese containers do not comply with the regulations set by CARB. Second, shredders who plan to purchase consoles which contain higher levels of the toxin may be forced to dispose of them once the rules are implemented in 2011. This could create expensive hazardous disposal costs as special measures may need to be taken in order to destroy products containing hazardous waste. Third, the state of California is paving the way to have formaldehyde regulations put in place across the country. As state or federal law aligns with California’s CARB legislation, shredders throughout the country will need to use formaldehyde free containers which meet these regulations.

How Shredders Can Prepare
Purchase containers which are already CARB 2011 compliant, such as, the All Source ‘DuraFlex’ green console. This shredding console is one hundred percent formaldehyde free and is supported by a certificate of origin. The container is also LEED compliant, which is a US Green Building Council point system for using green products in ‘green certified’ buildings. Using this container in a building will contribute to LEED certification. The ‘DuraFlex’ can be used in California and any other state which introduces a formaldehyde regulation in the future.

In conclusion, North American is going green and the shredding industry needs to too. The regulations introduced by CARB in 2011will impact the shredding industry. In order to prepare for this, shredders need to evaluate their purchasing decisions with future consequences in mind.

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