What Is Closed Loop Recycling?

Posted by Larry Burton on Jun 26, 2018 3:20:35 PM

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

And the secret is getting out.

Let’s take a look at why close the loop recycling is a better option for companies seeking sustainable disposal options.

 

What is Closed Loop Recycling?

 

Simply stated, closed loop recycling is a process where waste is collected, recycled and then used again to make the same product it came from. This process is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep materials at their highest utility and value always.

Closed loop recycling is a highly sustainable concept, which means that recycling of a material can be done indefinitely without degradation of properties. In this case, conversion of the used product back to raw material allows repeated making of the same product, which helps hazardous waste generators reduce carbon footprint and achieve corporate sustainability initiatives.

 

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Providing True Sustainability Through Closed Loop Recycling

 

Hazardous waste generators now have a more economical and environmentally conscious way of recycling spent solvents.

The hazardous waste recycling process developed by Temarry is an excellent example of what can be achieved with closed loop recycling. Temarry has been serving the Western U.S. for the past 19 years.  Temarry combines solvent distillation, waste-to-energy and water treatment in a closed-loop process to offer “True Recycling” for industrial solvents, organic solids and water based hazardous waste.

By using hazardous waste streams (organic waste solids) previously earmarked for landfill or H061 cement kiln fuel blending in very distant locations, Temarry offers a truly sustainable recycling process to their customers.

Waste that was once destined for one of those old inefficient methods of disposal is now being converted to energy in the form of steam to recycle industrial solvents.

And more importantly, after using the energy to distill spent solvents, quality, reusable solvents are produced extending their usable life and significantly reducing the amount of new raw materials needed to produce new solvents.

By-product (still bottoms) from the solvent distillation process is combined with ash from the waste-to-energy process. After extracting all of the valuable resources locally, the mixture is sent directly to cement kilns to be used as an alternative fuel.

 

Why Temarry Created A Closed Loop Recycling Process?

 

Temarry Recycling has embraced the Circular Economy concept by continually investing in advanced technologies to create their closed loop recycling system. Recent investments include:

  • Waste to Energy- converts high BTU organic solids to steam to be used as energy on-site.
  • Solvent Distillation- utilizes the steam from WTE as energy to power the recovery stills. By distillation, spent solvents are re-manufactured and sold back into industry for their original solvent properties.
  • Water Treatment– 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 including WTE and cooling tower.

This high-tech approach to waste management has allowed Temarry to offer something truly unique to their customers, a highly sustainable approach for solvent recycling offered at a significant discount relative to other available disposal practices.

 

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Why is Closed Loop Recycling Important for Spent Industrial Solvents?

 

Common industrial solvents are widely used in the workplace but can be dangerous for both people and the environment and can pose safety challenges for corporate environmental health and safety managers. Managing these risks can be expensive and time consuming for business.

Improperly disposed solvents can migrate substantial distances, and the creation of widespread soil contamination is not uncommon; this is particularly a health risk if aquifers are affected.  Due to their inherent nature, landfilling these substances is not an option when it comes time for disposal. 

Currently, many EHS managers believe there to be limited options when it comes to solvent disposal and default to the single option provided by many hazardous waste disposal companies…………H061 fuel blending.

Fuel blending is a widely used process which involves combining spent solvents with compatible flammable materials, filling tanker trucks with the blended materials and shipping these substances to the midwestern United States to be processed and then used as a fuel source for cement kilns.

While this is a safe and effective use for spent solvents, for Western United States companies it is not effective nor efficient for a few important reasons.

  1. Your waste streams are being shipped more than 1,600 miles to the Midwest and beyond for processing. This leaves a substantial carbon footprint.

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  1. Fuel blending for use as an alternative fuel will eliminate these resources forever. Once they are gone, they are gone.
  2. You are missing out on a tremendous opportunity to preserve precious valuable resources and increase your corporate sustainability by directing dirty spent solvents to be recycled and re-used through solvent distillation.

 

A Better Way

Because of our location in Tecate, we can reduce the transport distance that your waste streams travel, saving fuel and reducing carbon footprint.  This allows us to charge reasonable prices for our service and provide a significant opportunity to achieve your corporate sustainability objectives.

If you are unfamiliar with our story, look at our Temarry Corporate video to learn how closed loop recycling can offer you a better way to dispose of your spent industrial solvents.

 

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