Monthly Round-Up: June/July 2014

Monthly Round-Up: June/July 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability and hazardous waste management, we’re sharing the articles below from June and July. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. Corporate Sustainability Practices: Waste & Recycling When it comes to waste, everyone knows the 3-R mantra: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But it’s tough to follow the 3 Rs when products, packaging and materials aren’t designed with end-of-life in mind. Want to beat your competitors? Embrace profitable good Deloitte recently came out with its annual Core Beliefs & Culture survey that polls more than 1,000 executives and employees. The key takeaway was that 82% of respondents working at an organization that has a strong sense of purpose believe the organization will grow. Only 48% of those working for companies without a sense of purpose are hopeful about growth prospects. NAEM Research Report:

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Monthly Roundup: May 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability and hazardous waste management, we’re sharing the articles below from May. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last month. Public Companies Earn Poor Grades in Sustainability While many U.S. publicly held companies are integrating sustainability into their decisions and business systems, some interest groups say they are not moving fast enough. A new report from nonprofit group Ceres and research firm Sustainalytics finds that in some areas companies aren’t taking sustainability concerns very seriously. The Growing Case for Corporate Sustainability Management Environmental awareness is a longstanding movement socially and politically. Though businesses in general have increasingly recognized and adopted some environmentally aware practices, hurdles remain in adopting a full and comprehensive corporate sustainability management (CSM) strategy. Sustainability Factors Affect Majority of S&P 500 Executives’ Pay More than half of S&P

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Why Recycle?

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Why recycle your chemical solvents? Is it really worth the time to make a change and start a recycling program? Of course, we think there are numerous reasons to recycle, but here’s just a few to consider: Not recovering your spent solvents reduces profits with each passing day. Every gallon of solvent that could have been recovered needlessly creates hazardous waste that must be transported through our communities and ultimately incinerated, then released into our air. Once your solvent is burned, one of Earth’s most precious resources is gone. Forever. Think about it – with the right recycling process, you could save money and reduce your hazardous waste. Sounds like a win-win to us. Learn more about our approach and philosophy by watching The CleanPlanet Way.

Customer Testimonial: How This Global Leader Reduced NMP Costs by 45% – 48%

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Company: Global leader in insulation products and services Industry: Manufacturing, Electrotechnical Chemicals/Solvents: N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone Onsite Equipment: A16 vacuum assist with high temperature oil package Annual Savings: 45% – 48% Waste Reduction: 85% – 90% Application Profile Urethane is one of the main components in the insulated wire manufacturing process. The urethane cures and leaves a residue on everything from the equipment parts, to the dies and tooling. When changing the shapes or diameters of the wires being manufactured, all of the equipment must be cleaned prior to processing a new batch. One of the most effective chemicals out there for this cleaning process is N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone or NMP. The equipment parts, dies and tools are immersed in an NMP bath until the cured foam falls off the metal. NMP has been shown to be more effective than other chemicals such as methylene chloride to strip the urethane foam from equipment, but is

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Top Indicators It’s Time to Make a Change

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We have transitioned numerous customers from offsite recycling to recycling onsite using our system. Through our conversations with these customers we’ve been able to pinpoint 6 telltale signs that it’s time to make a switch. Signs that it’s time to make the switch: Your current recycling solution is becoming increasingly expensive and not keeping up with company-wide initiatives to save money. You contend with the possibility of running out of the clean solvent and are left in fire-fighting mode when your supply chain is threatened. You have new waste reduction and/or sustainability goals and need to find ways to meet them. Does this sound familiar? Well, read on for the next three indicators that a change is in order as well as for tips on how to get your team on board. It’s never easy to make the switch, but by focusing the “switch” discussion around the goals and concerns

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Monthly Roundup: April 2014

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We’re here to keep you in the know on the latest news, events and best practices related to sustainability and hazardous waste management. So take a look at our picks for top stories over the last month. Green alternatives generating profitable enterprise Surrey-based TBF Environmental Technologies has spent the past year developing and marketing alternative solvents that are both green and effective. The art and science of systems change Systems-change initiatives like the The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, differ in their approach and structure, but they are all tackling problems too sprawling and too complicated for even the biggest companies to solve on their own. First 100% Premium Recycled Paper Introduced FutureMark Paper Group launches North America’s first 100-percent recycled coated #3 freesheet. Until now, there has not been a 100 percent recycled option for high-end corporate marketing materials and magazine, catalog,

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The Top Six Reasons to Recycle NMP

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With NMP costs now hovering around $1,000 or more per drum, it’s one of the most expensive solvents our customers use in their cleaning and manufacturing processes. It’s also one of the most stable, versatile and efficient. In fact, according to various manufacturers, NMP can be between 25-40% more efficient than other similar solvents. So that begs the question:  Why not turn your NMP waste into an asset through solvent recycling? The benefits of recycling go far beyond the economic gains associated with reusing a solvent over and over. The impact of recycling one of our most precious resources and reducing the release of harmful greenhouse gases is immeasurable. Why you should start a recycling program for NMP: NMP is expensive to purchase NMP can be easily recycled with the right technology NMP maintains its quality through the recycling process NMP is versatile; it has many valuable uses so there

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The Top Reasons to Recycle NMP — A Different Way

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With NMP costs now hovering around $1,000 or more per drum, it’s one of the most expensive solvents our customers use in their cleaning and manufacturing processes. It’s also one of the most stable, versatile and efficient. In fact, according to various manufacturers, NMP can be between 25-40% more efficient than other similar solvents. So that begs the question: If you’re already recycling, why not constantly evaluate ways to improve your current recycling process and ensure that you get the most out of your NMP recycling efforts? Why you should refresh your NMP recycling program: NMP is expensive to purchase and you need to make sure your yield is as high as possible To improve recycled NMP quality over your current recycling process To reduce and stabilize your recycling costs To avoid the liability and management associated with shipping hazardous waste (if you are currently recycling offsite) To enhance your

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Innovation Requires Change by CleanPlanet Chemical

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By Trent Staats | President & Chief Operating Officer Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” While his assertion still rings true today, simplicity is not enough to initiate change.  There are hoards of inventions that are “simple” and make our lives easier and/or more fulfilling – yet many remain unused.   Case in Point 1: The Computer Keyboard Nearly everyone today uses a computer keyboard.  To be more specific, nearly everyone uses some form of a QWERTY keyboard. The name QWERTY comes from the first six letters in the top row of the keys.  The QWERTY layout was developed in the 1800’s to solve the problem of key bars colliding when typing on a manual typewriter.  QWERTY’s awkward layout of the keys, developed by Christopher Sholes, solved the “sticking key bar” problem by spreading out the frequently used letters and combinations to slow the user down.  By

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Chemical Recycling Set for Mainstream Adoption

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For most companies, onsite chemical recycling has been an elusive quest. Companies have been seeking better ways to acquire, use and dispose of chemicals, only to find the technologies to be lacking or the investment unjustified.  Many of those who did purchase chemical recovery equipment only used it temporarily, then quietly moved it to some remote corner of the shop where it stood as a monument to an investment gone bad. Game Changing Innovation CleanPlanet Chemical has introduced an innovative, game-changing approach that will fundamentally alter the lifecycle of a company’s petrochemicals, and the processes used for chemical acquisition and disposal. CleanPlanet has turned chemical recycling into a fiscally and environmentally responsible reality. Specifically, CleanPlanet is able to guarantee a 20% reduction in chemical costs and as much as a 90% reduction in hazardous waste generation and associated disposal costs and liabilities. This breakthrough is part technology; part business model. 

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