In this second article of our two-part series on improving profitability through waste minimization, we look at the technologies that can help drive significant savings in your waste and procurement bills.
Technologies to Reduce Wastewater
Wastewater and industrial sludge make up a large component of many manufacturers’ waste streams, and they can be costly to treat and dispose of. By decreasing volumes of wastewater and sludge, you will also conserve natural resources and reduce the potential for environmental contamination.
To minimize this waste stream, reducing disposal costs, regulatory pressure and procurement costs of freshwater, manufacturers should consider utilizing technologies that reduce the amount of water needed by manufacturing processes:
In-process recycling, or closed-loop processing, involves the reuse of wastewater either as an input for the same process, or for other processes within the same manufacturing facility.…
The Global Challenge of Electronic Waste
The global problem of electronic waste (e-waste) is growing exponentially. In just one year, almost 45 million tons of e-waste were generated around the world.
Only 20% of e-waste is collected and recycled under appropriate conditions and with correct documentation, while the majority is thrown into the trash, or is traded or treated without the appropriate paperwork.
The largely linear system of electronic manufacture and consumption poses a number of health and environmental impacts at the point of production, and again at the point of disposal.
The Opportunity of Electronic Waste
Meanwhile, the economic opportunity of managing e-waste in a circular manner is considerable.…
In oil and gas applications, the ultimate goal of any waste minimization plan is source reduction, otherwise known as pollution prevention. This involves the elimination, reduction in toxicity, and reduction in volume of wastes generated, wherever possible.
Source reduction minimizes pollutants released to the environment, reduces potential hazards to human health, while also saving you money. Opportunities in industrial operations may be limited as for example some wastes such as produced waters are a function of activity level. However, every effort should be made to take advantage of the opportunities that do exist.
Waste Minimization Opportunities in Oil and Gas Applications
There are many source reduction and recycling opportunities in drilling, oil production, natural gas treating and processing, and pipeline operations, which we summarize below.…
The old linear production model of the technology industry is rapidly being replaced by a new circular mind-set. In this article, we look at five actions that the technology sector can take to significantly reduce the amount of e-waste produced globally. These actions also bring the potential to improve operating costs, reduce regulatory constraints, and improve brand integrity.
1. Design Products with Waste Minimization in Mind
There is no silver bullet in terms of design for waste minimization. Instead, what determines the success of the design is whether it fits within the broader system in which the device operates. As such, businesses must first identify the waste minimization design strategy that fits with their business model, as well as the wider ecosystem.…
Businesses are all seeking efficiencies in their operating processes and wise companies don’t leave waste out of the equation. In this two-part series, we look at the strategies and technologies that can help businesses in manufacturing and industrial industries to drastically reduce their waste bills and procurement costs.
Benefits of Implementing Waste Minimization Strategies
Each year, U.S facilities generate and dispose of approximately 7.6 billion tons of industrial solid waste. With disposal costs and regulatory pressures continually increasing, there is a growing pressure on businesses to implement methodologies that will reduce the quantity of waste generated.
The true cost of waste is often underestimated.…