With Closed Loop Recycling, all waste has value.
Now, even water-based hazardous waste can be treated and recycled to preserve natural resources and play a role in transforming waste into energy.
This technological advancement is the newest process in the Temarry Closed Loop Recycling system and is just one more way hazardous waste generators can reduce consumption of natural resources and preserve the environment.
Here’s what you need to know about how Closed Loop Recycling works, the role water-based hazardous waste plays in environmental sustainability, and the benefits to your company and the environment.
How Closed Loop Recycling Works
To better understand the role water-based hazardous waste plays in conserving natural resources, it’s helpful to understand how Closed Loop Recycling works.
Open Loop Recycling occurs when a product is recycled into a different product. In other words, this process delays disposal by converting manufactured goods and spent materials into new raw materials.
True Closed Loop Recycling, on the other hand, recycles a material and makes it into the same material it once was. This type of recycling system uses and reuses all components so that nothing is wasted.
Temarry Recycling offers a closed loop system for recycling spent solvents. This allows recycled solvents to be reintroduced back into industries. Water treatment plays a very important role in this process.
The Role Water-Based Hazardous Waste Plays
Temarry Recycling’s closed loop system includes three steps, beginning with a waste to energy (WTE) process that converts high BTU organic solids to steam to be used as energy on-site.
A solvent distillation process then utilizes the steam from WTE as energy to power the recovery stills. Through distillation, spent solvents are re-manufactured and sold back into industry for their original solvent properties.
Finally, the water treatment process begins, closing the loop. At one point, Temarry was consuming between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of water per day for various industrial needs on site. For example, clean water is used in the solvent distillation process and is necessary for two key components in the waste-to-energy process.
With this newest water treatment component added to our closed loop recycling process, we now convert water-based hazardous waste to usable water. Examples of waste that can be converted include:
- Corrosive liquids
- Oily water
The water-based waste is received in drums, totes and tankers from hazardous waste generators. After the initial inspection and analysis in the receiving area, the waste then heads to the water treatment area.
Corrosive liquids go to the neutralization area first. After the waste is neutralized, it then moves to the primary treatment area and undergoes phase separation, settling, flocculation and final filtering.
The Benefits Of Recycling Water-Based Waste
Adding water treatment to the Closed Loop Recycling system prevents the consumption of thousands of gallons of water a day. Now, all recovered water is used on site, and nothing is discharged.
If you are a liquid hazardous waste generator, recycling your waste with a licensed facility can provide a number of benefits for your business and its sustainability initiatives.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Especially for hazardous waste generators on the west coast, transporting your waste stream can mean moving it more than a thousand miles across the country. The closest cement kilns that utilize hazardous waste as an alternative fuel, in fact, are located in Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint by shortening the length your waste stream will have to travel, you can achieve significant cost savings in the amount fuel consumed for transportation.
Temarry is an EPA-authorized exporter of hazardous waste. Our recycling facility is located just across the Mexico border from San Diego. Once this waste stream crosses the border, your liability for the waste stream ends.
Avoided Legal Trouble
Especially in the case of hazardous waste, improperly disposing of it can result in huge state and federal fines. Working with an appropriate disposal and recycling facility not only improves your sustainable practices, but helps you avoid any legal trouble that could come your way if you regularly generate waste.
With a Closed Loop Process, fresh industrial solvents are delivered back to industry. This gives you the highest level of sustainability for your waste stream, allowing you to broaden your company’s initiatives regarding environmental responsibility.
A Sustainable Future Through Water Treatment
Closed loop recycling allows hazardous waste generators to use and reuse industry components so that nothing is wasted. Water treatment plays a critical role in maximizing the benefits of this process.
For companies that take advantage of this valuable component of closed loop recycling, they can enjoy the added benefit of doing their part to reduce the consumption of natural resources.