For companies that want to incorporate environmentally conscious methods of hazardous waste management, Closed Loop Recycling offers several benefits.
As waste disposal technology has evolved over the past 50 years, more and more corporations have begun taking advantage of opportunities that allow them to meet federal and state regulations, while saving costs at the same time.
Closed Loop Recycling is one such option, and has quickly become the gold standard for reducing the consumption of natural resources and preserving the environment.
But what kind of benefits does Closed Loop Recycling provide beyond other processes, such as fuel blending or Open Loop Recycling?
Nothing Is Wasted
You’ve likely heard of Open Loop Recycling or have used a product that came from this process. With Open Loop Recycling, once materials are recycled, they are used for something other than their original purpose.
In other words, a material or substance is converted to a new raw material, which can then be used in another manufacturing process. For example, recycled plastic bottles can be recycled and used to make fleece fabric jackets. But once these jackets are no longer of use, what was once plastic cannot be recycled again. This causes it to “leave the loop.”
Open Loop Recycling has the benefit of allowing a company to extend the life of a material or use it in another way, such as through fuel blending. However, Closed Loop Recycling recycles a material and makes it into the same product it once was.
This has enormous benefits in manufacturing industries because this type of system reuses all components so that nothing is wasted. With solvent distillation, for example, all recycled solvents are reintroduced back into industry as a solvent, reducing the consumption of natural resources.
You can read more about the process behind Closed Loop Recycling in our article, What Is Closed Loop Recycling?
The Process Can Be Done Indefinitely
Because Closed Loop Recycling focuses on resource sustainability, recycling of a material can be done indefinitely without any degradation of its properties.
This indefinite process can provide many cost-savings features. For instance, Closed Loop Recycling is popular in specialized industries, such as the computer and battery industries, because expensive or complex goods cannot be easily broken down and turned into other materials.
You Don’t Have To Send Your Waste Far
Many hazardous waste disposal companies offer fuel blending to their generator clients. This process involves combining spent solvents with compatible flammable materials. Tanker trucks filled with these blended materials are transported to the Midwest where the materials are processed and used as a fuel source for cement kilns.
For hazardous waste generators located in the western United States, having a facility that provides Closed Loop Recycling nearby can be financially beneficial. Temarry Recycling is located about 40 miles east of San Diego, California, in Tecate, Mexico.
This close proximity to many hazardous waste generators provides a significant reduction in transport distance of the waste stream, considering the closest cement kilns that utilize hazardous waste as an alternative fuel are located in Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.
With reduced transport distance, cost savings can be achieved … as well as a tremendous reduction of carbon footprint.
You Reduce Your Liability
Improperly disposing of your hazardous waste can result in huge state and federal fines. Working with an authorized disposal and recycling facility not only improves your sustainable practices, but helps you avoid any legal trouble that could come your way.
When it comes to Closed Loop Recycling and recovery in particular, because of the short transport distance between companies operating in the western United States and Temarry, those companies benefit from a reduction in “cradle to grave” liability.
In the United States, you, as the waste generator, are responsible for your waste from the moment it leaves your facility until it is disposed of or recycled in a Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDF).
When transporting hazardous waste into Mexico, through Temarry Recycling, the waste generator’s liability for that waste ends at the U.S. border. Here, Temarry becomes the Principal Responsible Party in the United States, and Recicladora Temarry de Mexico accepts generator liability in Mexico.
The Process Is Continuously Evolving
Just as waste disposal technology has evolved, so has the Closed Loop Recycling process as well. The newest component added to Temarry’s Closed Loop Recycling process includes converting water-based hazardous waste into usable water.
Clean water is necessary for the solvent distillation process, as well as for key components in the waste-to-energy process. Once water-based waste, such as corrosive liquids and coolants, is received by Temarry from hazardous waste generators, the waste goes through a water treatment area where it is neutralized, separated and filtered.
This addition to the process plays a significant role in water conservation, considering at this point, Temarry is consuming between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of water per day on site for various industrial needs.
As you can see, Closed Loop Recycling offers many benefits for companies who want to incorporate reducing natural resource consumption into their sustainability initiatives.
For companies located in the Western United States, in particular, reducing the distance your hazardous waste streams travel and taking advantage of Closed Loop Recycling not only makes a greater impact on sustainability initiatives, but is cost effective as well.
In other words, it’s simply good business.