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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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’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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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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A New Business Model for Paint Solvent Recycling (Re-post)

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September 15, 2014 | By Tony Mash Excerpt from Paint and Coatings Industry Magazine. For the entire post, please click here. A company has come forward with a new business model that offers to manage the recycling of solvents in clean-up fluids and waste paint, thereby providing significant environmental and economic value to applicators and paint manufacturers alike. CleanPlanet Chemical ( has changed the paradigm and applied the CMS [Chemical Management Services] model to solvent recycling in North America. The company has developed state-of-the-art solvent recovery machines that are supplied to their business partners free of charge. CleanPlanet Chemical also does not charge for machine installation, maintenance, supplies or parts. Instead, the company becomes its partner’s solvent supplier and charges solely for the chemicals that are recovered. The application of new technology to the design of the equipment, which can recover both low and high boilers, together with the company’s

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How to Stop Burning Profits and Earth’s Natural Resources

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Onsite chemical recycling is rapidly becoming the preferred method for acquiring and managing petrochemicals. Cost savings, in the form of reduced chemical costs, reductions in hazardous waste and reduced downtime were the primary motivations for adopting onsite chemical recycling. However, another benefit – and perhaps an even greater reason for onsite chemical recycling – is the preservation of our oil reserves, one of Earth’s most precious resources. The Volatility of Oil Prices Volatility in oil prices are undoubtedly a frequent, if not every day, news topic. Oil prices rise as Americans pack up for that annual ritual known as the summer vacation. Auto manufacturers have become quite adept at developing new engines that get the most performance from each precious drop of fuel. Similarly, Americans are embracing new technologies in order to keep their monthly energy bills from becoming unmanageable – all in an effort to combat escalating oil prices.

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Sustainability Doesn’t Mean Profit Less; It Means Profit Forever

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Profit forever? What a thought! This is the perfect mantra for true sustainability efforts. Unfortunately, there is a lot of noise around the notion of sustainability. Yes, there have been important gains; I would even say a shifting of the general psyche. However, sustainability is generally not the most important driver of business decisions — profit is. Are these two goals incongruent? Not anymore. With more investment and innovation in the field of “sustainable technologies,” the triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit) is coming into alignment. There is much work to do, but we are certainly on our way towards a much broader recognition of profit — one that will allow us to truly profit forever. Phillip Barlag sheds some more light on this notion in his article Sustainability Doesn’t Mean Less Profit, It Means Profit Forever and I couldn’t agree more. Our technology is just one of many that

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Myths of Solvent Recovery – Part 1: It’s Expensive

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With all the misconceptions about solvent recovery out there, we’ve decided to publish a series covering some of the top myths we hear in our industry.  Many facilities who were early adopters of solvent recovery systems may have run into some of these issues, but advancements in technology, time and costs have caught up, so let’s set the record straight. One of the most common things we hear when talking to purchasing, plant managers, and EHS managers is that the upfront investment in solvent recovery is prohibitively expensive; plus there are lots of ongoing costs that make the investment questionable in the first place. Myth #1: Solvent recovery is too expensive and the savings I will get do not justify the capital expense. Fact: While many companies today still offer a traditional approach to on-site solvent recovery—massive equipment investments, ongoing customer maintenance requirements, expensive consumable items such as bags and

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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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