Solvent losses can be minimized through administrative controls and best management practices (BMPs). Keeping vapors contained, minimizing spills, leaks, and solvent use can lead to greater savings and reduced pollution.
Case study documents pollution prevention efficiencies achieved at Cobalt Boats, manufacturer of premium-quality fiberglass boats, over a period of years. Acetone is recycled on-site, saving more than $113,000 and 137 tons of hazardous waste avoided annually. Closed molding process evaluation is reported. Low styrene-content resins and low HAP-content upholstery adhesives are being used to help eliminate hazardous air pollutant emissions.
Case study on how Precision Pattern, Inc., a manufacturer of world-class aircraft interiors, prevented generating wastes and air emissions, saving money and decreasing their regulatory burden. Contact adhesives, painting, inventory control, lighting, and filter systems at wood sanding tables have combined to greatly reduce VOC and HAP emissions, save money, reduce hazardous waste generation, and save labor.
Case study details improvements made at the Sedgwick County Fleet management facility. These include reducing part washers, adding aqueous washers and a paint-gun cleaning system, preventative maintenance, inventory tracking, changing coatings materials and technology in the collision repair shop. Hazardous waste generation was reduced by 92% in two years, solvent expenses decreased by 89%, and paint material costs decreased by 46%.
Disposal of excess or expired pharmaceuticals via the sanitary sewer system has been the standard for years in homes and even healthcare settings like hospital and nursing homes. Recent studies from around the country and right here in Kansas indicate this common disposal practice is negatively impacting development of aquatic life in our water bodies.