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Boeing Defense & Space

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Circuit Board Cleaning

Industry: Electronics Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: Solvent

Location: Irving TX

No. of employees: 1100

Contact: Glenda J. Thomas

Phone: (214) 659-2956


In late 1992, the Boeing Defense & Space - Irving (BD&S-I) Chemical Reduction Team (CRT) was tasked with setting a 1993 hazardous waste reduction goal for the site. After much consideration, the CRT selected the following hazardous waste reduction goal for 1993. GOAL: 15% reduction of the 1992 baseline by year end 1993. METRIC: Hazardous waste shipped in pounds. All 1,100 employees at the site were involved in implementing the hazardous waste reduction goal. In order to achieve the reduction, the following projects were implemented. (1) One pass conformal coat spraying of printed circuit boards; (2) Improved procurement/inventory practices for time-and-temperature sensitive chemicals, so that fewer chemicals needed to be disposed as hazardous waste; (3) Filtering of Fluorinert to increase product-life; (4) Reduction in quantity of nonhazardous materials mixed with solid hazardous wastestream; (5) One shift painting operation; (6) Non-production use of obsolete solvents; (7) Return of excess chemicals to a supplier. All seven projects were implemented during the year with excellent results. At the end of 1993, BD&S-I was able to achieve a 26% reduction in hazardous waste.

P2 Application:

This project involved innovative application of tecnology on the part of the site employees in order to decrease hazardous waste.

Environmental Benefits:

By exceeding the original 15% hazardous waste goal for 1993, the BD&S-I site is generating less hazardous waste and sending less hazardous waste for disposal at a hazardous waste disposal facility.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

In 1993, the BD&S-I site decreased hazardous waste by 6.2 tons thus resulting in a cost savings of $6,800.

Source: TCEQ

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