In today’s market, companies are looking for any advantages that can give them a leg up on the competition and help pave the way for a more sustainable future.For businesses that generate hazardous waste, where that waste is transported can impact costs, efficiency of a company’s waste management and the success of the company’s sustainability goals.
More businesses, especially those that operate facilities along the West Coast, are taking advantage of the opportunity to transport their hazardous waste across the United States border by partnering with Temarry Recycling.
While some waste generators may be frightened by the prospect of seeing their waste streams sent to Mexico because of common perceptions rooted in misinformation, the truth is, transporting hazardous materials to Mexico is safe, legal and environmentally-friendly.
In fact, transporting hazardous waste to Mexico has many benefits, including these top 4 reasons why companies should take a closer look at this sustainable option:
- It’s legal and safe.
- Your liability is reduced.
- Your company’s sustainability is enhanced.
- A reduced transport distance offers additional benefits.
Transporting Hazardous Waste To Mexico Is Legal AND Safe
Temarry Recycling has been successfully transporting hazardous materials to Mexico for recycling since 1998. In fact, Temarry Recycling was the first permitted company granted the legal authority by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Mexican government to legally transport RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), non-RCRA and non-hazardous waste to its facility in Tecate, Mexico.
The EPA issued an Acknowledgement of Consent (AOC) to Temarry that certifies to the waste generator that the EPA has done its due diligence in confirming with the government of Mexico that Recicladora Temarry has all necessary permits, is in good standing and is authorized to receive listed imported waste. Temarry must complete this process each year to remain in good standing.
There’s also a misconception that waste in Mexico is not regulated. This is not true. Many regulations have been incorporated over the years to allow U.S. companies to legally transport hazardous waste to Mexico.
Mexico has also patterned many of its agencies after the United States. For example, while the United States has the EPA, Mexico has SEMARNAT. When creating agencies such as this, Mexico started with U.S. regulations as a baseline and either translated them or made slight modifications to address the specific needs of its own country.
U.S. and Mexican agencies have also developed a rigorous border inspection to ensure that the environmental laws of both nations are followed. At the border, Temarry personnel prepare each load for export, with the process including confirmation that the physical count of containers matches the manifest count, that all shipping papers required are present, and that all manifests and labels are properly filled out and displayed.
Your Liability Is Reduced
An EPA-authorized exporter of hazardous waste, Temarry terminates the original generator’s cradle to grave liability when the waste is exported into Mexico. As the importer of the hazardous waste in Mexico, Temarry becomes the generator in a new cradle to grave liability chain of custody.
In other words, your cradle to grave liability is reduced.
What is cradle to grave liability? Cradle to grave responsibility is used to describe the fact that any person or company that generates a waste material that is classified as a hazardous substance is responsible for that waste from the time it is generated until the time it is properly disposed of.
The cradle to grave system is a provision within RCRA that focuses on the management of hazardous waste. There is no time limit or expiration date that will release a generator from this long-term management responsibility under these federal regulations, making the management of hazardous substances a long-tail liability, or one that carries a long settlement period.
Your Company’s Sustainability Is Enhanced
For companies that want to enhance their sustainability, transporting their hazardous waste to Mexico is an effective way to accomplish this.
By utilizing Temarry Recycling and transporting your solvent waste to Mexico, you are utilizing a “True Recycling” process that will preserve the environment. It’s through this closed loop process that all waste is recycled or utilized as a source of clean energy that fuels Temarry’s operation. No waste goes to the landfill.
Here’s how the process works at Temarry Recycling:
- Waste streams arrive at Temarry. Temarry accepts a wide variety of solvent-based liquids, solids and sludge. These can be found on Temarry’s acceptable waste codes list.
- A waste to energy process converts high BTU organic solids to steam. This steam is then used as energy on-site to power recovery stills.
- Through solvent distillation, spent solvents are re-manufactured. They are then sold back into industry for their original solvent properties.
- A water treatment process then extracts usable water from industrial hazardous wastes, including acids, bases, coolants, oily water and latex paint.
- Treated water is used on-site for industrial needs. These include for the waste to energy process and in the cooling tower.
How does this compare to other options? Some companies instead choose to send their waste to fuel blending facilities that perform an open loop recycling process. While still considered environmentally friendly, open loop recycling takes materials and recycles them for purposes different from their original purpose.
Fuel blending, in particular, blends organic waste streams into an alternative fuel for kilns used in manufacturing cement. Once these waste streams are used as fuel, the underlying resource is gone forever.
Reduced Transport Distance Offers Additional Benefits
For hazardous waste generators located on the West Coast, sending materials to be transported across the border can have additional substantial benefits, primarily due to the reduced transport distance.
Because of Temarry’s prime location in Tecate, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, companies can lower costs associated with transporting waste, including fuel costs.
Companies that send their waste to fuel blending facilities must transport their waste across the country to Kansas or Arkansas, where the nearest cement kilns are located.
They can also greatly reduce the impact of their carbon footprint since less fuel is required for transport. That’s because shipping waste more than 1,600 miles to the Midwest and beyond for processing leaves a substantial carbon footprint. Temarry’s facility is just 40 miles southeast of San Diego.
Transporting Hazardous Waste To Mexico Gaining In Popularity
Recycling hazardous waste streams with Temarry Recycling has become an effective and sustainable way for generators located in the Western United States to reap the benefits of responsible waste management.
As more companies realize the benefits of transporting their hazardous materials to Mexico, they also realize the tremendous opportunity they are taking advantage of to preserve precious valuable resources, lower waste transportation costs and increase their corporate sustainability.