Industrial Waste Recycling - Steps to Follow and Benefits to Gain
Due to limited resources on planet earth over use of resources is leading to their fast depletion. Preserving the natural resources is now a high priority. In this regard, scientists are putting their energies in identifying simpler means of recycling while society is urging industries to take advantage of recycling benefits.
Industry today is well-aware of the need for waste and hazardous material recycling. As recycling reduces pollution and preserves natural resources, it is beneficial for both the environment and the economy. Besides, the idea of industrial waste recycling is gaining popularity as it lessens production cost for businesses. Further, most types of recycling are entitled to EPA’s regulatory relief grants that minimizes regulatory and compliance costs for businesses. However, it is advisable to use safe industrial recycling equipment and follow steps mentioned below to make the waste recycling process simpler and effective.
Decide how to regulate the waste
First, you need to ascertain whether the recycling material is solid and hazardous waste. For that, you need to check the information on identification of solid waste and hazardous waste and understand regulations stated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Enhance resource utilization by using cost-accounting tools
With the use of cost-accounting tools, businesses can track and improve resource utilization. They can take decisions by estimating the green benefits, like pollution prevention, recycling activities for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy preservation. More information on these tools is accessible through Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center's Website.
Select legitimate and reliable recycler
It is good to select a recycler who has experience in handling hazardous secondary material and follows legitimate recycling techniques. There are various tools that the companies can use for evaluating recycler that meet their industrial waste recycling needs. Initially the recycler’s suitability to our needs should be verified, then details such as ownership history, facility history, previous activities at the site and environmental compliance history should also be enquired. In addition, some details like whether the facility is fulfilling the required permits and employs practices like waste screening, residuals management, acceptance procedures, certificates of recycling, drop-off and tracking protocol can be verified. Checking financial capability, facility liability insurance and housekeeping details are also necessary.
Ensure the legitimacy of recycling
It is essential to confirm whether the facilities and activities done in the process of recycling are legitimate or not. Sometimes, recycler may use practice known as ‘sham recycling’ that actually is not legitimate, but recycler claims that everything is done under RCRA regulation. To determine the difference between legitimate and ‘sham recycling’, several factors have to be considered. These include verifying whether secondary material is good enough for the claimed use, checking whether the amount used of secondary material is not in excess than needed and finding status of facility’s recycling transaction records. Further, some key considerations are to be known such as secondary material value and its similarity with analogous raw material, degree of processing needed for creating the end product etc.
Participate in EPA program
There are some free and voluntary EPA programs such as WasteWise and those run by agencies like C2P2 (Coal Combustion Products Partnership). Participating in these programs can allow organizations to design their own waste reduction programs as per their needs.
Monitor and report recycling success
Most businesses measure their environmental performance by monitoring their recycling success. This helps them realize their cost saving besides reporting success in recycling improves their public image. Recycling performance tracking help companies show their stakeholders that they are not violating laws and doing their bit for environment conservation.