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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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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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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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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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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