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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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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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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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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