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PerkinElmer Automotive Research

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Chemical Research

Industry: Laboratory

Wastes Reduced: Hazardous Waste

Location: San Antonio TX

No. of employees: 160

Contact: Bob Tome

Phone: 210-523-4603


Waste stream containing solids (ppe, wipes, absorbent) used in cleaning engine parts, floors, oil drips and other parts, are contaminated with oil and aliphatic naptha (stodard solvent), and diesel. These items were drummed and sent as hazardous waste to be incinerated at a cost of $425. per drum.

P2 Application:

Perkinelmer began to inspect all drums going for hazardous waste disposal and segregate the contaminated hazardous debris from the non-hazardous waste. The non-hazardous waste is now packaged into a tri-wall yard container and sent as product to recycle, where it is ground and used in oil to raise BTU values in fuel blending. The remaining hazardous waste was small enough to be included in lab packs.

Environmental Benefits:

Hazardous waste generation was reduced by 10 Tons/year.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

This project saves Perkinelmer $35,350./year.

Source: TCEQ

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