What’s My Carbon Footprint? How Companies Can Dive Deeper Into Their Impact
Just 100 companies have accounted for 71% of global emissions since 1998.
Just 100 companies have accounted for 71% of global emissions since 1998.
If your company generates hazardous materials, your first thought may involve simply ensuring that these toxic substances are disposed of according to the law.
“Business sustainability, also known as corporate sustainability, is the management and coordination of environmental, social and financial demands and concerns to ensure responsible, ethical and ongoing success.”
Thanks to a wide swath of information available today online, consumers and businesses are highly empowered to make decisions.
Zero waste is a movement across many industries today. In manufacturing, it offers a unique opportunity to think about the entire production and lifecyle of a product.
Today “energy efficiency” is a buzz phrase often used when talking about green manufacturing or green living, but for some, it can be a confusing topic since it can be achieved in many ways.
As more and more companies are making pledges to go zero waste, manufacturing industries are taking a closer look at how they too can achieve this lofty goal.
Scattered across the United States are dozens of waste to energy facilities, each of them taking trash and turning it into energy that powers equipment, heats buildings and provides electricity to communities.
Manufacturing is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
If you have been thinking about your company’s impact on creating a sustainable future, you’re not alone.
More companies are taking the necessary steps to reduce their emissions, increase sustainability in their operations and minimize their use of natural resources.
No one expects a fire to happen, but if it does, it’s critical to have the right tools in place to quickly extinguish it.
If your company uses flammable liquids, you should have a Class B fire extinguisher at your facility.
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.
Many companies consider their spent solvents as waste, but in reality, they are quite valuable.
It’s difficult to imagine when it was the norm that companies would discard flammable liquids into landfills alongside other types of common trash and hazardous waste. But an “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” strategy wasn’t going to work, and you don’t have to look further than the historical Love Canal story to know that.
Flammable liquids are those that have a flashpoint of under 100 degrees F. Combustible liquids, on the other hand, have a flash point at or above 100 degrees.
As companies continue to enhance how sustainable their waste management practices are, they may wonder … Is zero waste possible with industrial waste?
There’s no question that sustainability has become a larger part of business today.
For manufacturers that must dispose of solvent-based liquids, solids and sludge, solvent distillation has become an attractive solution for its environmentally-friendly benefits.
Flammable liquids fall under the class of fires known as Class B. This class includes flammable liquids such as gasoline and gases like propane.
Sustainable development is one of those terms that gets thrown around quite a bit. Even when it's used correctly, it covers a lot of territory. You’ll find dozens of legitimate definitions.
If you are a hazardous waste generator that has prioritized creating more sustainable operations, you may be concerned by the prospect of exporting your waste.
Both flammable and combustible liquids pose serious risks to human health and safety. Although they can both be ignited under the right conditions, where they differ is in the numbers.
It’s often misunderstood what happens to hazardous waste transport regulations at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fire risk often plays a large role in determining how flammable liquids are stored. Knowing how your flammable liquids are classified will help you determine that fire risk.
The concept of the circular economy dates back several decades, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s when it began to take hold and gain momentum.
A carbon footprint test is used to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide emitted because of the consumption of fossil fuels.
The circular economy is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment. For the hazardous waste industry, however, the circular economy offers a unique opportunity to help prevent the depletion of vital and non-renewable natural resources.
The safe storage and disposal of flammable liquids takes careful planning and knowledge of regulations put into place to protect your workers, the community at large and the environment.
There are many reasons why companies should strive to become more sustainable, from improving environmental quality to diminishing your carbon footprint.
Of the $350 billion that Americans spend on electricity, nearly 75% of energy in the United States is wasted.
Waste generation has an enormous impact on a carbon footprint, but in more ways than one might think.
A push toward embracing the circular economy has helped propel companies toward making more sustainable choices that help protect the environment and even their own bottom line.
Companies and individuals who want to improve their impact on the environment often begin by taking a closer look at their carbon footprint.
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.
Imagine a solution for industrial waste that is both cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the primary indicators of a country’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
When hazardous waste is transported to a Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF), it must travel on public roadways.
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” As the popular English proverb is roughly interpreted, difficult times inspire ingenious solutions.
More companies than ever are embracing zero waste goals as a way to enhance their sustainability efforts and reduce their dependence on unpredictable raw material prices.
The safe handling of flammable liquids is critically important to maintaining a protected work environment in your facility.
Waste management today requires forward thinking and viable alternatives as manufacturers explore ways to cut costs and improve their sustainability initiatives.
Waste to energy has become an important tool in allowing companies to boost their sustainability.
While there is some debate about the exact mechanisms of carbon footprints, there is little disagreement that businesses should do their best to implement sustainable practices whenever possible.
Waste to Energy plants are gaining steam, literally, with more than 2,450 plants active worldwide.
Landfills are one of the largest sources of methane emissions in the United States. Waste to Energy technology provides companies with a way to reduce the amount of waste they contribute to landfills, creating a higher level of sustainability in the process.
Recycling is a necessity in today’s industry, yet many companies still struggle with determining what type of recycling offers the most benefits.
Pouring solvents down the drain may be an easy way to dispose of them, but this act can be a costly mistake for your business.
Sustainable manufacturing practices are among the biggest trends in industry today.
With Closed Loop Recycling, all waste has value.
A circular economy is an economic system that focuses on eliminating waste and the unnecessary use of resources.
If your company produces spent solvents, you’ve likely developed a plan to safely and legally dispose of them.
If you are a company that handles flammable liquids, it’s critical to know how these liquids are classified so that you can take the proper precautions when storing and transporting these materials.
Can trash be converted into energy? Yes, and this safe disposal option is significantly changing the way companies are managing their hazardous waste.
As more companies are working to enhance the sustainability of their waste management practices, those that need to dispose of solvent-based materials face unique challenges.
The safe storage of flammable liquids is extremely important. The lives of employees, the safety of your community and the future of your company depend on it.
The circular flow of economy eliminates waste by transforming the current “take-make-dispose” business model into a “make-use-return” model.
What is the primary hazard associated with flammable liquids? Explosion is the primary hazard associated with flammable liquids. They are particularly dangerous because they can produce vapors. When these vapors mix with air and reaches its flashpoint, it can ignite, causing disastrous consequences.
The proper storage of flammable liquids is essential to ensuring the safety of employees, the public and the environment.
If you’re considering going zero waste, you’re not alone.
As companies continue to look for ways to increase their sustainable initiatives and reduce costs, one solution is proving to be intriguing for those that produce industrial solvents.
For companies that must dispose of solvent-based liquids, solids and sludge, zero waste recycling has become an attractive solution.
Fire and flammable liquids can be a dangerous combination, threatening the lives of employees, a company’s property and the community.
Companies that prioritize making their waste management practices more sustainable have a competitive advantage in their industries.
How to go zero waste is a concept that many industry leaders are exploring.
Fires are classified in five different ways, according to the National Fire Protection Association. How they are classified depends on what is fueling the fire.
If you could design waste out of your business, would you?
The largest sources of emissions comes from the burning of fossil fuels for everyday items used in industry, typically from electricity to transportation.
There’s an old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
A solvent is a molecule that has the ability to dissolve other molecules, known as solutes. Solvents can be in the form of a solid, liquid or gas. The molecules of the solvent pull the solute molecules apart.
The manufacturing industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
Waste to energy systems play an important role in producing clean, renewable energy.
The circular economy diagram is a visual representation of an economic model that could be important for American businesses moving forward.
As a business owner, you know the significant role your company plays in the community around you.
The industrial recovery and recycling process has been continually evolving, as companies have continued to look for ways to reduce and reuse hazardous waste.
The push toward a waste free economy is catching on, as more companies are seeing the value of boosting their sustainability practices and fiscal plans.
Understanding the influence your company’s operations have on its carbon footprint is an important step toward ensuring sustainability - both fiscally and environmentally.
Companies that don’t see the value of their waste often miss out on an opportunity to enjoy a boost to their fiscal success and reputation.
Worldwide, millions of tons of waste are created each year. The vast majority ends up in landfills.
The waste to energy process turns chemical energy into thermal energy by turning solid waste into gas.
Solvent extraction is a process in which compounds are separated based on their relative solubilities.
Over the past decade, there have been many significant discussions about how corporations affect their communities and the role they play in working to improve them.
It’s no secret that companies that generate hazardous waste are required to follow detailed regulatory requirements for disposal.
At a recent Border 2020 conference held in Tijuana, Barnes Johnson, Deputy Director of U.S. EPA OSRTI, noted a very distinct difference between Recycling and Fuel blending/energy recovery.
A circular economy is defined as an economic system that focuses on eliminating waste and the unnecessary use of resources.
At a time when industrial and environmental regulations are constantly in flux, protecting your company and incorporating the highest level of sustainability into your corporate goals, is not only socially responsible but just good business in today’s environment.
Sustainability may mean one thing to one company and something completely different to another.
Applying the concept of a circular economy to your company can offer significant advantages.
Overflowing landfills and islands of garbage floating in the Pacific. Over reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
If your business is a hazardous waste generator, one of the most important items you need to line up is who will transport your waste during disposal.
For companies that want to incorporate environmentally conscious methods of hazardous waste management, Closed Loop Recycling offers several benefits.
In most disposal facilities, waste is received and then treated according to its properties. Some wastes will end up in landfills and others burned off.
As a leader of your organization, your compensation is directly tied to your ability to consistently deliver quarterly and annual profits for your stakeholders. You also have a responsibility to make decisions that ensure the long-term growth and survival of your organization.
A recent scholarly article in The Harvard Business Review entitled The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability discusses the differences between traditional business models and sustainable business models.
As a waste generator, you have a vested interest in how your facility’s waste is disposed of and how that process impacts your bottom line.
More companies are looking for ways to implement sustainable business practices, especially those who want to utilize environmentally conscious methods of waste management for their waste streams.
Each year, the world generates more than 400 million tons of hazardous waste.
Sustainability is no longer a short-lived fad.
No one needs to tell you that the Earth is having a hard time keeping up with human production and consumption.
Transporting hazardous waste is an essential process in maintaining a clean enivironment. Companies that are invlolved in removing and transporting hazardous waste understand that maintaining measurable profits,
It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is talking about sustainable development. It’s in the news, in magazines and in journals.
For manufacturing facilities, the waste that is generated can represent an environmental burden, especially if the waste is hazardous.
Waste has long been a major environmental issue. Worldwide, humans generate millions of tons of waste each year.
When companies hear the words transport your hazardous waste to Mexico, the first thought for many is negative. Doing anything in Mexico these days can seem like a bad idea, but transporting hazardous waste across the border can appear to the uninformed to be a downright risky proposition.
Many waste generators that believe exporting their hazardous or non-hazardous waste is possible, still think the process is difficult and time consuming. Generators that believe you simply can't export hazardous waste out of the country, just don't know have all the facts.
According to Whatis.techtarget.com, the definition of Business Sustainability is as follows:
The most important decision facing any hazardous waste generator is selecting the method of disposal for their hazardous waste streams.
It doesn’t take much of an excuse to have a Fiesta at the Temarry facility located in Tecate, B.C. Mexico. Birthdays, holidays, wedding anniversaries and seasonal events are all reasons to celebrate.
For years, we have been touting the virtues of solvent distillation, as a means to recover valuable solvents that can be recycled and then returned to industry. Temarry’s recycling process is environmentally friendly and helps companies that rely on solvents in their manufacturing processes reduce their carbon footprint.
According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “More and More CEOs Are Taking Their Social Responsibility Seriously,”
There is a movement in corporate America to utilize the most environmentally conscious methods of waste management for hazardous waste streams. At the top of the list of sustainable business practices is recycling.
For companies located in the western United States, closed loop recycling using solvent distillation provides a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable method of disposal for spent industrial solvents
“Fire” is a worst-case scenario in many applications or locations: on airplanes and spaceships, in chemical factories, and laboratories. The pure destructive power of fire is unrivaled by most other forces in nature, which is why it’s so important to be careful about the disposal of flammable liquids.
At first glance, you may be wondering what on earth we are talking about. How can a basketball team and Temarry Recycling have anything in common at all? But if you give me a few minutes, I’ll show you exactly what they have in common.
There is an increasing number of businesses looking to become more environmentally responsible every day. According to a global survey by Tandberg cited in Environmental Leader, 53% of global consumers prefer to buy from companies that have a strong environmental reputation, and 8 out of 10 employees prefer to work for an environmentally ethical organization
Conventional business wisdom states that one can have profits or sustainability, but not both. However, conventional wisdom isn’t ALWAYS right.
If you were drawn to this article, perhaps fueled by pressure from employees, shareholders, customers or regulators, you may be in the early stages of research about how to build a sustainable future for your business.
If you are Transporting Hazardous Waste To Mexico with Temarry Recycling, you do not have to fill out the Biennial Report for waste being manifested to Temarry.
As a hazardous waste generator, do you truly understand what is happening to your waste streams when they leave your facility?
If you’re like a lot of business people I know, you have colleagues who cringe at the term “sustainability.” You bring up the concept and they immediately envision anti-capitalist tree-huggers. Sustainability is so much more, but it can sometimes be hard to explain.
Making the journey from the current take-make-dispose linear economy to a circular economy can be rough. It is good business, but it requires a change in both business processes and mindset. Many businesses are already moving in that direction and--although the concept is relatively new--some are have found tremendous success.
The circular economy, at its most basic, refers to moving from our traditional take-make-dispose linear economy, to one in which materials are continuously repurposed until they are finally recycled. It’s a closed loop, hence the circle.
For hazardous waste generators, there are lots of options for disposal of hazardous waste streams…….recycling, fuel blending or simply burying in a landfill are just a few of the options available. When assessing options, many generators simply default to their preferred vendor on whatever is presented to them, without understanding all of their options……….many times to their detriment.
How do you get undressed every day? Do you remove the used articles of clothing, ball them up, and throw them in the garbage bin? Probably not. That wouldn’t make nearly as much economic sense as laundering and reusing them. Most would agree that throwing out good clothing after one use because it was dirty and purchasing new clothes each time you needed to get dressed is an absurd concept.
For hazardous waste shipments to Mexico, there is a thorough inspection process that occurs to ensure that laws are being followed for hazardous waste shipments manifested for export.
Temarry Recycling is proud to introduce our latest corporate video that gives you an inside look at our operations in Tecate, Mexico.
The very notion of transporting hazardous waste to Mexico conjures up images of hazardous waste drums buried in the Sonoran desert, polluted waterways teeming with toxic sludge, or payoffs to shady inspectors who look the other way.
Good for the planet.
Sustainable business practices.
Depending on your point of view these phrases are likely to evoke a strong opinion and can either be extremely positive and inspiring if sustainability matters to you or be like nails on a chalkboard if you are opposed to the environmental movement.
One of the best kept secrets in the hazardous disposal industry is the opportunity that generators have to legally transport their hazardous waste streams to Mexico.
If an emergency breaks out at your place of business, what do you do?
So, what’s it like operating a hazardous waste TSDF facility along the Mexico/U.S. border. The simple answer is, very much like the United States. Recicladora Temarry, located in Tecate, B.C. has been in operation since 1997.
There is a common misperception that when it comes to industrial standards and environmental regulations Mexico represents the Wild West (or south in geographic terms). Hazardous waste generators in the United States have always shown concern about Transporting Hazardous Waste To Mexico.
Who ever thought the EPA would modify a regulation to be less stringent? Most generators, transporters, and waste handlers have heard by now that, beginning January 31, 2014,
The notion that you could legally transport any form of waste let alone hazardous waste into Mexico, for most generators or transportation companies, was a myth for many years.
Temarry Recycling first received approval from the DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) in 2012 to recycle regulated hazardous waste streams from all Federal Government facilities. As part of the DLA’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all disposal facilities they do business with meet with their strict regulations, each facility is audited to ensure proper compliance.
A hazardous waste manifest is a document that must travel with hazardous waste when it gets moved off-site.
The Acknowledgment of Consents commonly referred to as the AOC, is our regulatory event of the year. The AOC is the permission granted by the U.S. EPA to Temarry Recycling, Inc., to export RCRA regulated hazardous waste to our facility in Tecate, B.C. Mexico.