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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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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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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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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