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1 Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Assessment
2 Module ObjectiveHaving read this, you should know the following:Basic motivation and history of waste reduction and pollution prevention in manufacturingWhat a generator and SQG areThe definition and good practices of waste reductionHow to perform a pollution prevention assessment and improvement using mass (& energy) balances.
3 Pollution prevention efforts are often mandated by legislation. HistoryPracticed in industry, pollution prevention usually focuses on elimination of pollutants from existing products and process technologiesPollution prevention and waste reduction procedures are predecessors to DFE and ECDM and are well established and well known in the US.Initial impetus came from the 1960s when the US pollution became to high to bear in some locations and the US Environmental Protection Agency was formed.Pollution prevention efforts are often mandated by legislation.For example, US regulations require pollution prevention programs for companies emitting hazardous substances.
4 Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Chemicals The following laws exemplify legislation about hazardous and/or toxic chemicals:National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); Hazardous Air Emissions. Asbestos, beryllium, mercury, vinly chloride, benzene, arsenic, and radionuclides in general.Clean Water Act; Priority Pollitants individual chemicals, including volatile organic substances, acid compounds, pesticides, heavy metals, etc.Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Hazardous Wastes. More than 400 discarded commercial chemical products and specific chemical constituents of industrial waste streams destined for treatment or disposal on land.Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title II, Section 313; Toxic subtances. More than 320 chemicals and chemical categories released into air, water and land. Under specified conditions, facilities must report releases of these chemicals to EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory.Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Section 302; Extremely Hazardous Substances. More than 360 chemicals for which facilities are required to prepare emergency action plans if these chemicals are present at the facility above certain treshold quantities. Releases trigger required reporting by the facility to the State Emergency Response Committee (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) under SARA Section 304.
5 Regulatory compliance Federal and state laws require all firms classified as hazardous waste generators or small quantity generators (SQGs) to implement a pollution prevention program to reduce the quantity of waste to the extent that it is economically feasible.Small quantity generators are facilities that generate more than 100 kg/month but less than 1000 kg/month of hazardous waste.A facility generating more than a 1000 kg/month is classified as a generator.Firms permitted as hazardous waste generators are generally required under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to report sampling data on a regular basis. When hazardous wastes are minimized, the frequency of sampling and data reporting is also minimized.If a disposal facility releases contaminants, then the original generators of the waste are also reponsible/liable for these releases under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
6 Regulatory Compliance Certification Generators are required to sign the following statement:Unless I am a small quantity generator who has been exempted by statute or regulation from the duty to make waste minimization certification under Section 3002(b) of RCRA, I also certify that I have a program in place to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste generated to the degree I have determined to be economically practicable, and I have selected the method of treatment, storage, or disposal currently available to me which minimizes the present and future threat to human health and the environment.
7 Who are Small Quantity Generators? It is estimated that there are 600 to 700 thousand SQGs in the nation.These businesses may generate as much as 940,000 metric tons of hazardous wastes annually.These generators generally have fewer than 5 to 10 employees and are managed by persons with limited training in identification and management of hazardous wastes.Technical Assistance Programs and some EPA grant programs are focused on SQGs.
8 SQG Industries and wastes Spent solventsStrong acids and alkalisPhotographic wastesDry cleaning filtration residuesPesticide solutionsWaste formaldehydeEmpty pesticide containersIgnitable wastesMajor Waste TypesMetal manufacturingPhotographyCeramicsConstructionTextile manufacturingPaper industryMotor freight terminalsWholesale and retail establishmentsAnalytical and chemical laboratoriesFurniture/wood manufacturing and refinishngPesticide formulators, applicators and end-usersCleaning agents and cosmetic manufacturingEducational and vocational establishmentsVehicle maintenancePrintingDry cleaningEquipment repairChemical manufacturingWood preservingGeneral manufacturingMajor Industry Groups – Small Quantity Generators
18 Used = amount in product + air emissions + wastewater + waste Materials BalanceList the raw materialsHow much is:UsedIn the productLost as air emissionsLost in wastewaterFound in wasteUsed = amount in product + air emissions + wastewater + waste
20 Describe the Waste Is it: How much: An air emission? A waste water discharge?A sludge?A liquid?Mixed with other wastes?A hazardous wasteHow much:Is generated in a year?If in batches, how often and how much?
22 Electroplating In-Class Example Draw a process flow chart for electroplating operationSet up a basic material balanceDescribe the wastesIdentify opportunities for waste reduction and pollution prvention
24 Waste Reduction by Dow Chemical Several chemical process industries have compiled an outstanding record in minimizing waste generated at their facilities.Dow Chemical is one example.Dow takes a balanced approach to reducing environmental impact of operations with a focused effort on source reduction and recycling.The environmental policy places a priority on waste and emission reduction, and environmental guidelin support the hierarchy of waste management, that is,1) source reduction,2) recycling,3) treatment,4) and land disposal as the last optionWhen efforts to reduce a waste stream either at the source or by recycing have not been successful, Dow (like many others) still has the responsibility to manage and treat the waste stream. Dow uses state-of-the art incineration and biological treatment facilities.
25 Waste Reduction Always Pays (WRAP) Dow has implemented a WRAP program and an individual contact in each of its division.The WRAP contacts design their activities around the following broad goals:1) Reduce waste to the environment.2) Give recognition for excellence.3) Develop a pollution prevention mentality.4) Provide support for pollution prevention projects.5) Measure and track progress.6) Strive for continuous improvement.7) Reduce long term costs.
26 WRAP ImplementationThe following iterative process is used to implement the WRAP program:1) Inventory of all process loss to air, water, and land.2) Identify the sources of those losses.3) Prioritize reduction efforts.4) Allocate resources and implementation projects.5) Document and report progress.6) Communicate progress internally and externally.7) Plan for future reductions.
27 Polution Prevention Assessment (PPA) procedure (1) EPA Waste Minimization Opportunity Assessment Manual (EPA/625/7-88/003)Planning and organizationGet management commitmentSet overall assessment program goalsOrganize assessment program task forceAssessment organization and commitment to proceed.Assessment Phase:Collect process and facility data.Prioritize and select assessment tables.Select people for assessment teams.Review data and inspect sites.Generate options.Screen and select options for further study.Select new assessment targets and reevaluate previous options.Assessment report of selected options.
28 Polution Prevention Assessment (PPA) procedure (2) Feasibility Analysis Phase:Technical evaluation.Economic evaluation.Select options for implementation.Final report, including recommended options.Implementation:Justify Projects and obtain funding.Installation (equipment).Implementation (procedure).Evaluate performance.Repeat the process
30 Criteria for selecting principal waste streams The following criteria can be used to identify principal waste streams:CompositionQuantityToxicity of wastesMethod and cost of disposalCompliance statusPotential for minimizationPriorization of waste streams to be tackled should also include consideration of available budget for the PPAThe best means for identifying information on all waste streams is the use of flow diagrams and, then, material balances.
31 Technical Evaluation of Options When evaluating the options for minimizing waste streams, the following technical criteria should be considered:Technical reliabilitySystem safetyProduct quality maintenanceSpace requirementsCompatibility of proposed system with existing systemsDowntime necessary for installationSpecial expertise requirementsLabor and utility requirementsFor economic evaluation, make a break-down incapital costoperating cost
32 Economic EvaluationFor economic evaluation, make a break-down in capital cost and operating cost/savings.Capital costs include:fixed capital cost for designing, purchasing, and installation equipmentcost for working capital, permitting, training, start-up, and financing charges.Operating costs and savings:reduction in waste treatment, storage and disposalraw material cost savingsinsurance and liability savingsincreased cost or savings associated with product qualitydecreased or increased use of utilitiesdecreased or increased revenues from changes in production of marketable by-products.
33 ProfitabilityIf capital cost and operational costs/savings are known, then profitability can be calculated.Also consider that violation of environmental regulations may result in shut-down and criminal penalties.Rule:Options requiring no capital investment should be implemented as soon as possible.
34 The Problem with Pollution Prevention and End-of-Pipe Approaches