Sustainable manufacturing practices are among the biggest trends in industry today.
That’s because as many companies are now looking for ways to increase efficiency in operations, they are also striving to incorporate economically-sound processes that do not impact the environment negatively.
What is sustainable development? “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Supporting the preservation of the planet’s natural resources is one of the most common ways companies today are incorporating sustainability into their manufacturing processes and are addressing the challenges facing the manufacturing world today.
In fact, many companies are focused on two particular areas of interest...reducing consumption of water and utilizing a more sustainable method for the disposal of hazardous waste.
Cutting-edge technology at Temarry Recycling allows companies to do both, making sustainable development possible … and responsible.
A Circular Approach
Valuable natural resources, like fossil fuels and water, are finite and diminishing. By embracing a circular economy approach to waste management, companies can design waste and pollution out while keeping products and materials in use.
Currently, many companies operate under a take-make-dispose approach. While this linear economy business model is common, it actually hurts economic growth because companies continually face unpredictable raw material prices and increased costs due to a strain on resources.
On the other hand, a make-use-return approach keeps materials and products in use indefinitely. This eases the burden on natural resources.
Temarry’s approach to the recycling of hazardous waste solvents provides a good example of sustainable development within a company using a circular economy approach.
Industrial Solvents Recycled
At Temarry Recycling, the closed loop recycling process takes industrial solvents and recycles them with useful waste byproduct. In other words, nothing is wasted and all recycled solvents are reintroduced back into industry.
Here’s how the process works.
Waste to energy technology takes BTU organic solids and converts them to steam. The waste is fed by a conveyor into the primary stage for thermal destruction at 1500 degrees F. All vapors and gases are then directed to secondary thermal treatment at 1500 degrees F.
Inorganic solids, or ash, from the primary stage is quenched and falls into an ash hopper. Heat is then directed to a 200-horsepower steam generator. The remaining gases are directed to a modern two-stage venturi scrubber to ensure that only clean water vapor is emitted into the atmosphere.
Solvent distillation then uses the steam from the waste to energy process as energy to power the recovery stills. This process remanufactures spent solvents and allows the solvents to be sold back into industry for their original solvent properties.
A water treatment process extracts usable water from industrial hazardous wastes. In turn, treated water is used on-site for industrial needs, including in the waste to energy equipment and at the cooling tower.
Benefits Of Sustainable Models
By utilizing the technology at Temarry to recycle hazardous solvents, manufacturing companies can play a significant role in preserving resources while taking advantage of several benefits.
Each year, Temarry Recycling saves nearly 300,000 gallons of purchased water by recycling contaminated water-based waste from throughout the Western United States. This saves companies the time and costs associated with transporting the contaminated waste to landfills or discharging it after treatment.
For companies located in California, 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. This assistance comes in the form of grant, payment and loan programs that can help companies take that next step into achieving their sustainability goals.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
For West Coast companies, partnering with Temarry Recycling can significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
Some companies choose to send their solvent waste across the country to fuel blending facilities. This can add significant costs to waste management budgets due to the amount of fuel needed to transport truck loads of waste across the country. This also dramatically increases the carbon footprint of a company.
When partnering with Temarry’s facilities, located just across the Mexico-U.S. border, a company will not only save costs on fuel, but reduce its carbon footprint as well due to the short travel distance.
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A Thriving Future
Sustainable development is possible in manufacturing. In fact, it is thriving in many different areas including waste stream management.
As many manufacturers continue to look for ways to boost their sustainability and decrease their reliance on natural resources, Temarry Recycling offers an innovative approach to waste management that keeps materials at their highest value … putting manufacturers at the forefront of a sustainable future.