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The Path to Enlightenment

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How CleanPlanet Reinvented Solvent Recycling, Part I of III Lesson: Understanding the value of solvent recycling is not linked to equipment ownership. CleanPlanet’s original approach to the market was through the direct selling and distribution of recycling equipment. However, we quickly determined that this approach did not deliver the maximum value to our customers. Equipment costs and lengthy approval processes, combined with maintenance requirements and the need for operational expertise, did not yield acceptable financial returns. Restrictive Costs   Customers have embraced solvent recycling as a way to reduce costs and protect Mother Earth’s natural resources. Unfortunately, when looking at the “true costs” (factoring downtime, actual yield, maintenance costs, spare parts and consumable costs, etc..), the ROI derived from the equipment purchase was often less than expected. Additionally, the extended time frame for realizing a return further de-valued the model. This tied-up significant capital which could have been allocated to

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News Round-Up: May/June 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from May and June, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. 2015 Sustainability 2015 marks nearly two decades worth of the tracking and analysis of the evolution of the sustainability agenda, and of the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward. This 2015 Sustainability Leaders, a GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey, provides an overview of perceived corporate sustainability leaders from 1997 to 2015 and the perceived progress that various institutions have made since the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, along with expectations for the next 20 years. The infographic (PDF download here) below highlights the key findings. Please read the full report for more detail on all the findings of the survey, or watch a recording

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Green is the New Black

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Zero waste. Green business. Sustainability. These catch phases are frequently tossed around in conversations pertaining to the environmental impacts of business. Oftentimes, these terms are nothing more than industry rhetoric used during the annual shareholders meeting, but for some, these are critical corporate initiatives that are changing the way businesses work. According to GreenBiz.com’s State of the Green Business, 2014, several companies are now achieving zero-waste or landfill-free status such as Bridgestone, General Motors, Walmart, DuPont, PepsiCo and others. MillerCoors recently joined this club at its Golden, Colorado facility; a first amongst brewers. Sustainability leadership is also emerging at not for profit organizations. Ohio State University set a new standard for recycling at its football stadium by reducing landfill waste from nearly 60 tons in 2010 to 5.8 tons in 2013—a 90% reduction in solid waste. Achievements such as these are certainly worthy as stand-alone accomplishments; however, beyond the environmental

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Understanding the Value of Your Waste

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For years companies have treated their spent solvents and chemicals as waste. Solvents used in cleaning and production processes become contaminated, rendering them ineffective for further cleaning or processing. Once contaminated, the generator has to dispose of the used solvent as a hazardous waste stream. In addition to the added costs of processing hazardous waste, the generator automatically assumes responsibility for the waste from collection through final disposal, which was typically some form of  incineration. So in addition to higher costs, greater liabilities, and increased risks, the generator is also contributing to the release of greenhouse gases. And, because the oil-based waste solvent is being incinerated, the generator plays a part in the consumption of one of Earth’s most precious natural resources. Waste is a subjective term CleanPlanet Chemical understands “contaminated” does not automatically mean “waste.” Leaves falling into a swimming pool may contaminate the water. However, leaves in the pool

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News Round-Up: March/April 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from March and April, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste. Batteries have two electrodes, called an anode and a cathode. The anodes in most of today’s lithium-ion batteries are made of graphite. Lithium ions are contained in a liquid called an electrolyte, and these ions are stored in the anode during recharging. Now, researchers at Purdue University have shown how to manufacture carbon-nanoparticle and microsheet anodes from polystyrene and starch-based packing

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News Round-Up: January/February 2015

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from January and February, 2015. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. Can Walmart Get Us to Buy Sustainable Products? by Andrew Winston | Harvard Business Review We all want to buy the best products we can find and afford. But what does “best” actually mean? The ones that offer the best bang for the buck, last the longest, or give us the most pride of ownership? How about a product that minimizes its environmental impacts or tries to make the world a better place? Identifying the companies that make these more “sustainable” products has been nearly impossible… until now. Is corporate sustainability reporting a great waste of time? by Jeff Leinaweaver As corporate sustainability reporting grows,

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News Round-Up: November/December 2014

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In our effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and news in sustainability, hazardous waste management, and solvent recycling, we’re sharing the articles below from November and December. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. The Secret Side of Business Sustainability By Hannah Corbett When it comes to making your business sustainable, there are a few different definitions. It could refer to long-term financial sustainability, or even cultural and social sustainability. But here, we refer to a business’s sustainability as its ability to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. KPMG launches guide to key issues in sustainability reporting November 5, 2014 | By Adam Brown Guide identifies seven phases to determining materiality amid growing demands for sustainability disclosureKPMG has launched a guide meant to help companies pinpoint ESG issues that matter most to investors in a bid to improve sustainability

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Monthly Round-Up: September/October 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 September and October. Take a look at our picks for top stories over the last couple of months. US Solvents Market LONDON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — US demand to rise over 1% per annum through 2018 – A robust recovery in US construction spending along with the continued rebound in manufacturing output will drive advances in US solvent demand at a greater than one percent annual pace through 2018. A day in the life of an H&M environmental sustainability coordinator Some people just do not use the snooze button. I like to believe that I am one of those people. So when the alarm tested my discipline this morning by ringing at 4am instead of 6am which is when my day normally starts, I

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Myths of Solvent Recovery – Part 2: It’s Time and Resource Intensive

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In our next post in our series addressing the misconceptions associated with solvent recovery, we discuss the notion that solvent recovery equipment and processes take too much time and too many resources to manage. Myth #2: Solvent recovery equipment and processes take too much time and too many resources to maintain Fact: While traditional onsite solvent recovery equipment often requires near full-time attention to operate, maintain and repair—there is a better way. At CleanPlanet, we inherently understand that facilities are constantly looking to increase production, decrease costs and become more efficient. Dedicating staff to solvent recovery equipment doesn’t help anyone’s top or bottom line. The fact is, however, that solvent recovery doesn’t have to take much time or energy from your team. Here is how we are busting this myth: MythBuster: Full-time or partially dedicated resources to manage the solvent recovery process are a thing of the past. With CleanPlanet’s new

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Lessons in Sustainability from BMW

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When Forbes published its most recent list of the world’s most sustainable companies, I was a little surprised that the number of US-based companies only accounted for 18% (18 out of the top 100). However, upon further investigation, I realized these numbers were comparatively strong. In fact, the United States’ 18% turned out to be the highest of all the countries included in the report (for more click on The World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, 2014). Canada ranked second with 13 companies, while Britain and France tied for third; each having 8 companies in the top 100. As I continued to review the list, I discovered that the company’s geographical headquarter location was irrelevant. And rightly so, as sustainability is a planet-wide initiative; or at least it should be. A Case In Point BMW, headquartered in Munich, Germany, has a large production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The SC plant,

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