Do you feel guilty about not running an eco-friendly business? Here is your chance to give back to the environment and save money in the process.

By Kevin Hill

Every business produces waste, but not every business disposes of that waste in a proper and profitable manner. Your business can save money by disposing of your waste in the correct manner, i.e., either by recycling or separating the waste instead of spending on incineration. You can implement several tools and equipment to assist you in handling the waste efficiently. Following are five scales that are used for recycling waste.

Five Scales Used for Recycling Waste

#1: Vehicle and Axle Scales

These scales help in ensuring that vehicles carrying the waste are not overloaded. Overloaded vehicles damage roads and shorten the vehicle’s life itself. Vehicle and axle scales accurately provide the gross and axle weight of different types of vehicles, right from light vans to heavy multi-axle trucks and vehicles. These cost-efficient weighing solutions are portable, have a low cost of installation and can be adapted to any vehicle.

#2: Rail Scales

Rail scales are perfect if you work with extremely heavy industrial commodities. They can be configured for in-motion or static weighing. Additionally, you can use them in the form of modular decks, which are spaced in a manner that match the distance between the train’s wheels. You can even set up the rail scales to provide readings for the individual wheels and axles. You can connect them with digital recorders, RFID tags and digital display systems to make tracking, weighing and reading much easier and more accurate.

#3: Floor Scales and Bench Scales

Floor scales are usually implemented on top of a level flooring surface or a pit in a manner where the top of the scale matches the level of the area surrounding it. You can load the waste directly onto the scale and weigh it, or choose to drive the waste compacted into pallets onto the scales and then weigh the pallets. Floor scales offer high accuracy and precision. Bench scales are quite compact in size and frame and are very affordable. They are essential for a shipping and receiving dock. The range of their weights varies from a few grams to some kilograms. You can enjoy high functionality through bench scales.

#4: Forklift Scales

These scales are used for transporting heavy goods from one location to another within the manufacturing unit. With forklift scales, you can access real-time data and transport the waste simultaneously. They are compatible with a number of forklift accessories like bale clamps, pulp clamps, fork clamps, etc. They are quite compact, making them ideal to use in the busy recycling and waste environment. You can incorporate in-cab instruments such as bar code scanners that allow the forklift operators to capture important data and transit it wirelessly to computer systems.

#5: On-Board Weighing Scales

On-board weighing scales ensure that the right amount of weight is loaded at all times. They help in increasing safety and reducing liability exposures and accidents. You can integrate them with GPS mapping and data collection equipment, which allows the managers to keep a check on the weights and identify the routes of the overloaded trucks. This will help you in performing route audits using various software packages.

Scale Calibration and Maintenance

The benefits of on-board truck scales and other scales are numerous. However, it is important that you calibrate these scales regularly. This will help in maintaining their integrity, accuracy and precision. Regular maintenance and calibration will ensure that your equipment works at its maximum efficiency, stays durable for a long time, and that there are minimal breakdowns. Make sure that you choose the right scales for your business as selecting the wrong ones will set you back financially.

Kevin Hill heads up the marketing efforts and provides technical expertise to the sales and service teams at Quality Scales Unlimited in Byron, CA. For assistance in choosing the best scale to weigh waste and create an eco-friendly business, call (800) 722-5301 or visit