Modern technology, logistics and entrepreneurship have delivered amazing benefits. They've generated wealth, created jobs and improved the quality of life for millions. Yet, often unseen by the average consumer is all of the hazardous and non-hazardous waste the consumer culture generates.
While companies must manage their waste from cradle to grave in order to comply with EPA standards within the United States, finding an alternative disposal solution that can meet the sustainable standards many corporations are implementing has been a source of frustration for many of them.
What if you could take most of this waste and repurpose it so that usable materials never end up in a landfill? That just sounds like recycling, doesn't it? Yet we're hearing that only 10%, maybe less, of the things we think get recycled do, according to an investigation by the New York Times. So conventional recycling is not getting the job done.
Closed-loop recycling seeks to solve this. This sustainable process turns waste into one of the most valuable resources on the planet ... energy.
A waste-to-energy plant converts industrial byproducts and wastes into renewable energy that can then be used as an alternative energy source.
As a business, a waste to energy plant offers 3 distinct advantages:
- A higher level of sustainability
- A reduced level of liability
- Cost savings in an unstable market
A Higher Level Of Sustainability
Becoming a part of the solution and safeguarding our planet for years to come doesn't just make good environmental sense, it makes good business sense. As consumers are becoming increasingly aware of this problem, they're demanding more transparent and sustainable business practices.
Temarry Recycling offers an opportunity to take advantage of waste-to-energy technology and increase sustainability by achieving zero waste.
Here’s how the system works:
- The waste-to-energy process converts high BTU organic solids to steam to be used as energy on-site.
- The solvent distillation process then uses the steam from the waste to energy process as energy to power the recovery stills. Spent solvents are re-manufactured and sold back into industry for their original solvent properties.
- The water treatment process extracts usable water from industrial hazardous wastes. In turn, treated water is used on-site for industrial needs, including the waste to energy equipment and a cooling tower.
When using a closed-loop recycling system, the benefits of waste to energy compound. Nothing is wasted. The waste to energy process, when part of a closed-loop recycling system, uses and reuses all components. All recycled solvents are reintroduced back into industry.
But, that’s not the only reason why companies that send their waste to Temarry Recycling see a boost in sustainability.
Temarry's True Closed-Loop Recycling Process
Currently, some businesses send their solvent waste to fuel blending facilities in Kansas or Missouri. This represents significant transportation costs and emissions from those trucks traveling from the West Coast. This trip will require around 567 gallons of fuel to transport waste across the country for processing and disposal.
Alternatively, Temarry is just across the Mexican border from San Diego. This trip involves around 50 gallons of fuel or roughly 9% of the fuel needed to travel across the country. This significantly reduces costs and reduces your carbon footprint.
To sum up the benefits of "true recycling", here are four ways your sustainability increases:
- Fewer toxic substances that end up in landfills
- Waste turns into sustainable energy generation, thus reducing dependence on less sustainable energy options, like fossil fuel
- Less toxic gas production (methane and carbon dioxide) that normally happens when trash is burned in conventional ways
- Fewer waste transport emissions since the transport distance of your solvent waste is reduced
A Reduced Level Of Liability
Depending on which waste to energy companies you send your waste to, you can actually reduce your liability much faster and more completely. This lowers your chance of getting hit with fines for EPA violations when you were trying to do everything right.
Temarry Recycling operates in southern California, but its waste-to-energy facility is located just across the border in Tecate, Mexico.
As a manufacturer, you're aware of your responsibilities under The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This law regulates how you manage and dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous waste from cradle to grave. However, many manufacturers don't fully understand their responsibility and end up getting hit with fines that may span years of incorrect waste disposal.
Did you know that under these regulations, for hazardous waste that is legally exported, your cradle to grave liability as a waste generator ends at the Mexican border? Yes, going across the border represents the "grave" for your liability. So, you're eliminating your liability faster if you export your waste to Mexico.
And, while your liability may end at the border, you can trust that that waste is being safely managed.
The EPA issued an Acknowledgement of Consent (AOC) to Temarry Recycling. This certifies to the waste generator (you) that Temarry has acquired all of the necessary permits from Mexico, authorizing Temarry to transport waste into the country.
Once there, they use advanced recycling techniques to convert that waste into energy through a multi-step "true recycling" process that eliminates the toxicity of that waste and converts it to energy.
You can read more about why it’s safe to transport your solvent waste to Mexico in our article, Shattering 4 Myths About Hazardous Waste Regulation In Mexico.
Cost Savings In An Unstable Market
As we mentioned above, you’ll save substantial fuel costs and other transportation costs if you choose a waste-to-energy facility nearby like Temarry.
In the Western United States, certain companies can take advantage of economic incentives through grant, payment and loan programs. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers several funding opportunities to assist companies with improving the sustainability of their waste stream management.
You may also save money on disposal fees. If you're sending your waste to waste management landfills, those fees are based on market value and competition, or supply and demand economics. There's limited space nearby, so you'll pay a premium for the right to dispose at nearby disposal sites. That's on top of fluctuating prices that are hard to fit into a responsible budget.
Alternatively, Temarry Recycling offers you a stable, fixed-price structure you can depend on and budget for enhancing cash flow.
Bottom Line on Waste To Energy Companies
Waste to energy companies can convert hazardous waste into renewable energy, reducing your carbon footprint. However, sending your solvent waste across the country works against your efforts to increase your sustainability.
California-based Temarry Recycling can help you achieve your sustainability goals and offer a closed-loop system that includes waste to energy that your company can be proud of.