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1 P2O and EcoBiz Too! 16 th Annual Pacific Northwest Pretreatment Workshop September, 2009 Debra Taevs Deputy Director Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

2 PPRC PPRC’s Toolset for Municipalities

3 PPRC Non-profit organization that is the NW’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention information; Work collaboratively to promote environmental protection through pollution prevention; Environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and both are necessary to protect the high quality of life in our region. PPRC’s Mission Statement

4 PPRC Have been around over 15 years; Serve EPA Region 10 (WA, OR, ID and AK); Support for technical service providers in State and local government and industry; Wide variety of projects. PPRC

5 PPRC is one of 10 Centers in each EPA Region

6 Examples of PPRC Projects Partner/FunderProject EPAMeasurement System, Rapid Research, Topic Hubs, News State Departments of Ecology Lean and Green, Brown Grease County GovernmentsPharmaceutical Take-Back, By-Product Synergy City GovernmentsPaper Forum, Green Office Fair, Puget Sound Brown Grease to Biofuels, Green Meetings Clean Water ServicesEcological Business Certification Program Non-ProfitsIndustrial Paint Training and Outreach Private IndustryCarbon and Toxics Footprinting

7 PPRC Rapid Response; Lean/Green; Brown Grease to Biofuels; Topic Hubs; Pharmaceutical Take-Back (Puget Sound) EcoBiz. Pretreatment Resources

8 PPRC Rapid Response may be the best kept secret… Photo credit to

9 Rapid Response Free Service! Environmental Options for Washing Vehicles (McMinnville Fire Department) September 2009 Environmental Options for Washing Vehicles Environmental Considerations for Dust Control Measures (Clean Water Services) June 2009 Environmental Considerations for Dust Control Measures Best Practices for Swimming Pools (Portland Community Center) June 2009 Best Practices for Swimming Pools Pollution Prevention Opportunities for Manufacturing of Wood Utility Poles May 2009 Pollution Prevention Opportunities for Manufacturing of Wood Utility Poles Stormwater Best Management Practices (Metro-Portland, OR) March 2009 Stormwater Best Management Practices Green Cleaning Training and Certification (Clean House, Seattle, WA) May 2, 2007 Green Cleaning Training and Certification Alternatives to Lead Anodes in Chrome- based Electroplating (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality) February 2008 Alternatives to Lead Anodes in Chrome- based Electroplating Brown Grease for Biodiesel (Industrial Ecology Roundtable) January 11, 2008 Brown Grease for Biodiesel Non-Corrosive Bridge Paint (Multnomah County, OR) January 10, 2007 Non-Corrosive Bridge Paint Roadway De-Icers (King County, WA) December 18, 2006 Roadway De-Icers

10 Lean and Green Premise: Environmental assistance from PPRC during lean value stream mapping (VSM) Uses the VSM framework to identify, integrate, document, and quantify environmental opportunities. Helps research feasibility and details of identified opportunities Partners : WASHINGTON: Washington Dept. of Ecology, Washington Manufacturing Services OREGON: Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership IDAHO: Idaho TechHelp, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality FEDERAL: US EPA, and NIST (via the Green Suppliers Network)

11 Lean and Green Projects : Washington: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company Lasco Bathware Columbia Paint Oregon: Woodfold McFarland Cascade Allied* Pacific Wood Preserving of Oregon* Idaho: ON Semiconductor * Federal/Other: Support of EPA Toolkit & Other Development Utility Alliance Contract Various webinars, seminars, networking *Projects still underway Photos courtesy of Flickr

12 Lean and Green Lean’s “Deadly Wastes” 1. Defects 2. Overproduction 3. Waiting 4. Non-value added processing 5. Transportation 6. Inventory 7. Motion 8. Employees underutilized Fold in the environmental wastes Excess material use, especially if hazardous Scrap & non-product output Hazardous wastes Pollution/emissions/effluents

13 Lean and Green Results Avoided filing for a Title V air permit by reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) releases; Reduced energy costs by $99,000 annually; Reduced hazardous waste by over 60,000 pounds annually; Reduced fiberglass overspray by about 60% (for one product line); Reduced solid waste by over 500,000 pounds annually; Eliminated one source of wastewater generation, for an annual savings of $17,000; Increased staff environmental awareness so this knowledge and experience can be applied during future improvement efforts.

14 Food Processors P2 Assessment Water Wastewater Organic Wastes Packaging Energy Photo courtesy of Paragon Laundry, Gloucestershire

15 Brown Grease Premise: Brown Grease has 6,000 to 12,000+ BTUs per pound. It can be put into productive use as an energy feedstock and taken out of landfill. Successes to date: Brought diverse stakeholders together for the 1 st time in the NW! Held stakeholder meeting in Vancouver WA and symposium in Seattle Developed “roadmap” of next steps, opportunities and barriers for each stakeholder group Symposium led to ongoing IRAC Working Group in Seattle Partners: WASHINGTON: City of Seattle, SKIER (Seattle King Co. Industrial Ecology Roundtable) OREGON: Clean Water Services FEDERAL: US EPA/ERG Grant

16 Brown Grease Stats NREL estimates total U.S. trap grease at about 495 million gallons per year. Climate Solutions estimates that there are 9 million gallons of waste grease and oil in Western Washington (about 5 million gallons of waste grease) Puget Sound estimates1,000,000 gallons/month of trap waste

17 Topic Hubs (Pollution Prevention Web Pages by Sector) Aerospace Biotechnology Labs Economic Incentives Environmental Measurement Fiberglass Fabrication Lean and Environment Metal Finishing P2 for Area Source Categories P2 for Hospital Sterilizers Paint & Coating Manufacturing Product Stewardship Semiconductor Manufacturing Ship Building & Repair

18 Topic Hubs Background and Overview Glossary of Terms Operations Operations Information about the key processes and raw materials used Reasons for Change Reasons for Change Information about the waste streams, environmental compliance issues, worker health and safety issues, and the economic impacts of inefficient operations and benefits for pollution prevention opportunities P2 Opportunities Where To Go for P2 Help Complete List of Links

19 Unwanted Medicine Return Program Facilitated two-year Medicine Return Pilot Project in WA Multi-agency/stakeholder effort Resulted in proper disposal of over 15,000 pounds of unused household pharmaceuticals

20 At peak: 130 lbs. of unwanted household medicines fills 1 cage every 3 days (Group Health) Unwanted Medicine Return Program


22 Ecological Business Certification PPRC provides outreach and technical assistance; Automotive and Landscaping Researching additional sectors

23 Ecological Business Certification Recognizes businesses that voluntarily exceed compliance Utilizes a multi-agency, multi-media approach Focus = small businesses providing services to the public Automotive Services and Landscape and : few regulations, yet potential significant cumulative impact

24 Key Features of EcoBiz Program Participants must meet; Legal Program 80% electives Certified businesses receive a “green sticker” and other marketing materials Local trade associations are partners in developing and marketing program P2O first provides T.A., followed by certification visit.

25 Benefits to Business Participants Free advertising; Chinook Book ReDirect Guide Portland Monthly Referrals Events and PR opportunities Free technical assistance and environmental problem resolution from agency staff there on a strict “help only” mandate. Cost effective business practices.

26 Pollution control without having to go to a more regulatory approach – i.e. permitting. Avoidance of negative public perception of participating businesses. Show that businesses are our partners in solving environmental problems. Benefits for Agencies

27 Typical Best Management Practices Automotive Not washing to storm drains Secondary containment for 55 gallon+ Spill kit and procedure Storm drain labels No chlorinated solvents Customer and Staff Education

28 Spray Paint Efficiency Training (STAR) Increased Material Savings = Bottom-Line Results: Cost of Excess Mil Build Mil Build% of Target Build Paint Used (gal) Cost ($) 310084.9$10,812 3.311093.39$11,893 3.6120101.88$12,974 3.9130110.37$14,056 4.2140118.86$15,137 4.5150127.35$16,218 4.8160135.84$17,299 5.1170144.33$18,380 5.4180152.82$19,462 5.7190161.31$20,543 6200169.8$21,624 Transfer Efficiency % Paint Mixture Used (gal) Cost of Paint Mix ($) 51698$254,700 10849$127,350 20425$63,675 30283$42,450 35243$36,386 40212$31,838 45189$28,300 50170$25,470 55154$23,155 60142$21,225 65131$19,592 70121$18,193 80106$15,919 9094$14,150 10085$12,735

29 Typical Best Management Practices Landscaping Integrated Pest Management Proper Site Evaluation Water Use and Energy Efficiency Materials Management Control of Wastes Customer and Staff Education

30 DEQ developed a list of priority persistent bioaccumulative toxics; Requires municipal wastewater treatment plants to develop plans by 2011 for reducing priority persistent pollutants through pollution prevention and toxics reduction; Approximately 40% of identified toxics are pesticides and herbicides. Oregon Senate Bill 737

31 Joint conference with EPA Regions 9 and 10 Presented by: The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) October 28 and 29, 2009, San Diego, CA 2009 Western U. S. Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Conference "P2 Solutions to Climate Change and Sustainability"

32 Contact Us At: Debra Taevs PPRC 8040 SE 51 st Ave. Portland, OR 97206 503-336-1256

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