Did you know that you can look better with the EPA by utilizing reuse programs? In Ohio, you can take advantage of programs called solvent reuse. Many materials can be reused in manufacturers’ facilities that might otherwise be discarded as waste. Reuse programs save manufacturers money every month and help preserve the environment. Here are some common materials that can be reused with the right programs:
- Cleaning Solvents
- Aerosol Cans
- Shot Blast
- Sludge and Sands
- Off-Spec Products
One of the most exciting reuse programs is solvent reuse. Solvent reuse is one of the best ways of seeing material as a by-product rather than waste. The solvents used to clean materials or equipment within your facility are collected after use then labeled and managed as a product. The non-hazardous product can then used as-is in the cleaning of rail cars and the like. The spent material from this cleaning process is then collected and used as fuel in cement kilns.
Solvent reuse programs extend the life of materials, reduce hazardous waste, and are ISO 14001 approved. These programs reduce manufacturers’ risk and liability and can lower EPA generator status.
This is a specialized service, which is available in Ohio. An environmental manager would need to find a company with EPA approval to transport these materials for use as products in one of these programs. It is very important to research for a company with all necessary DOT and EPA approvals, since the manufacturing company still has cradle-to-grave responsibility that is non-transferable. The Ohio EPA can help put you in touch with companies that offer this service. The Ohio Materials Marketplace is a great resource provided by the Ohio EPA for finding environmentally-friendly solutions to your disposal/reuse needs. The OMA also has environmental partners that offer solvent reuse programs to manufacturers in the Tri-State area.