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Case Study

Waste Reduction with Thorough Research & Creative Strategies

Situation

A polymer manufacturing company was generating a high volume of unsalable material each year.  The manufacturing company came to Triumvirate in hopes that it could reduce their yearly waste. 

Action

Triumvirate’s team was thorough and methodical in finding the best solution for the company. Here’s what they did:

  • The team gained intimate knowledge of the waste generation process through several site walk-throughs and by acquiring and reading all related documentation. In this time the team discovered that this company was generating over 3 million pounds of aggregate yearly.
  • Triumvirate interviewed company representatives from different departments: EHS, engineering, operations, etc. asking questions about the waste type, chemicals involved, alternative processes and more.
  • Based on the answers, team members contacted Triumvirate’s in-house experts to determine if there’s a market for the waste product, what the recycling options are, and whether there’s an opportunity to create a new recycling process that would render the chemicals salable.
  • The team then audited all potential processes and buyers with the company’s interests and reputation in mind.
  • The team developed top solutions and used Triumvirate’s connections at various state and federal departments to assure findings and solutions are completely compliant with all regulations (all the while never disclosing the identity of the client).
  • After determining that the top solutions were not only compliant, but also the most beneficial to the company, the team presented the solutions to the company selection.

 

Result

Triumvirate Environmental was able to find a solution that matched the clients needs and assure its compliance with all regulatory bodies. Throughout the process Triumvirate was able to keep the identity of the company anonymous and bridge the gaps between departments at the client’s site. Triumvirate was able to evaluate the material’s properties and found two customers in two industries not traditional to the client. The customers now buy the material to feed stock in their own products. Triumvirate was able to reduce the total waste output at this facility from nine truckloads a month to two.

 
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