IDEX Goes from Large to Small Generator and $aves Thousands
How waste designation saved IDEX thousands in disposal costs
Know if a Waste is Dangerous – Designation Changes Everything
Correctly designating their wastes saved IDEX about $2,500 annually.
IDEX already reduced pollution by switching to a non-halogenated coolant, but they were disposing of it as dangerous, persistent waste. During a routine inspection, an Ecology dangerous waste inspector suggested testing the waste to help designate correctly.
IDEX followed up and tested their spent coolant. In this case, they needed to analyze it with a fish bioassay test. They discovered that it’s not considered dangerous waste, which saved disposal costs for 1,200 pounds of spent coolant per year.
The company later decided to look at their spent citric acid waste. Citric acid is used to protect stainless steel in their products from rust. Using the designation process, they discovered that their spent citric acid was not considered dangerous waste. This reduced their waste generation by 1,100 pounds per year.
Equipment Improvements Gain Efficiencies
The new equipment requires less water, so the upgrade also cut most of the water used in the process.
Ecology Toxics Reduction Engineer Dan Ferguson says “IDEX Oak Harbor put a lot of effort into reducing waste generation through research, testing, pilot projects, and working with its employees to find solutions.”
Reductions of dangerous waste per year:
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