Amoco Chemical Company
Several years ago, Amoco Chemical Company's Chocolate Bayou plant implemented a program to reduce the volume and toxicity of wastes generated. Top management support, characterization of the waste generated, and periodic program evaluation have been key components in this program's success. In June, 1988, a Facility Guidance Document and a Management Position were issued to all departments, recommending that they seek to eliminate or reduce waste through changes in processes or work practices. Maintenance and Operations divisions formed Corrective Action Teams (CATs) and zero in on Non-Compliance Teams (ZINCs) to address waste minimization. The plant's lab also has begun exploring waste minimization practices.
The Maintenance Waste Minimization Committee implements its program by: 1. Seeking substitutes for restricted materials;2. Auditing vendors for recycling activities;3. Developing training; and4. Giving quarterly awards for waste minimization ideas.
In 1989, the plant reduced the use of 1,1,1-trichloroethane, a degreaser, by 76 percent, or 38,000 pounds, from 1988 levels. In 1990, the degreaser was reduced an additional 71 percent. These reductions were accomplished through heavy internal restrictions on the use of TCE.
All maintenance personnel receive training in waste minimization procedures as well as RCRA training. Their logo is a trash can surrounded by three concentric circles. The inner circle reads "Maintenance Waste Minimization." The outer circle reads "Elimination, Substitution, Segregation, and Reclamation." The 1990 waste minimization report for the maintenance group, recently issued, details how the group in many cases exceeded its goals, significantly reducing the use of toxic materials, waste generated and expenses (see chart below). Material or Waste -Paper Towels-Percent Reduced-78%, Savings-$66,120
Details of Reductions
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The result of the waste minimization program at Chocolate Bayou has been significant reductions in the waste generated and significant increases in the recycling and reclaiming of materials. These steps saved the plant and its approximately 900 employees over $200,000 in 1990. They also earned the plant the Environmental Excellence Award from EPA in 1989.