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Unreviewed P2 Options
for the
Solid Waste Recycling Process

Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Unreviewed Options for Solid Waste Recycling

Following are a list of options that have been submitted by users of the pollution prevention planner. They have not been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists.

These options are presented so you can see what people in facilities are considering. As with any option (reviewed or unreviewed) you will have to adapt it to your facility.


Sort waste prior to entry into process

Instead of sorting the waste as part of the recycling process, this work could be performed outside our facility, at a way station. The sorting would then give us several standardized input streams for our process to operate on. This might save us money if the outside facility was close enough, and efficient enough.


Recycle Petroleum Crude Oil. A lot of companies will redistill the crude oil for future use. Since Petroleum Crude Oil is not considered a Hazardous Waste then you would not want to mix this with your Hazardous Waste.


Recycling of non-Harzardous Waste from Hazardous Waste. This will cut down on the volume of the Hazardous Waste that is required to be counted against your monthly allotment of Hazardous Waste.

Recycle of Oil and Oily Water

Segregate used oil from oily waters and send it to a recycling or heat recovery facility for future use.

Off-Specification Product Reuse

Finished products that fail QC that are suitable for re-introduction into the manufacturing process in place of similar raw materials.

Waste Reduction via Cardboard Recycling

In December 2003, we will have completed the installation of a compactor which will be used to compact cardboard, which will then be shipped to a recycling facility. The task will require segragating the cardbaord from the plant trash. We anticipate that this process will reduce the number of loads of "Plant Trash" going to the landfill from 5 loads per week to 2 loads per week. We also anticipate recycling 3 loads of cardbaord per week.

Recycle oily wastewater

Use onsite wastewater treatment system to recycle oily wastewaters rather than offsite recycling. Run some of the treated water back through the cooling system to reduce the amount of water purchased.


Reuse reclaimed paper from office operations as a paper pulping additive in the manufacturing of roofing orgainic felt
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