Reducing or eliminating hazardous substances is an important business decision. When you use hazardous chemicals in your processes, you are not just making a one-time purchase of the material, you are also paying for:
These costs add up, and finding alternatives to these substances should be a priority. Alternatives are available and often out-perform old process equipment and chemicals.
Proper storage and disposal Permits Protecting worker health submitting required reports training employees
As an extended service of _____________________________________________, you will receive a series of fact sheets to help you learn how to investigate, select and use waste minimization opportunities for your industry. Most often, reducing or eliminating the use of hazradous substances can help your company:
This fact sheet takes a closer look at the costs associated with using hazardous substances and generating waste streams.
Comply with environmental regulations and cut your paperwork burden; Reduce costs by using fewer materials; Cut waste transportation and disposal costs; and Reduce long-term liability and insurance costs.
Bottom Line Busters
Operating a business using raw materials that contain regulated chemicals costs money. Estimated costs of using hazardous substances and generating wastes often are inaccurate because many of the "hidden" costs are unaccounted for. On Page 2 are typical costs and activities that often are overlooked when estimating the total costs of processes that use hazardous substances and generate wastes. Also detailed is a step-by-step approach you can take to reduce or eliminate those costs through pollution prevention.
HIDDEN COSTS OF USING REGULATED CHEMICALS
Spill response equipment
Emergency response plan
Raw Materials Storage
Waste collection equipment
Emission control equipment
Sampling and testing
Reporting and records
Solid and Hazardous Waste
|Air, Water Emissions Control
Inspection and monitoring
Recording and reporting
Sampling and testing
AN ALTERNATIVE: POLLUTION PREVENTION
The most effective way to reduce the costs of complying with requirements in the Clean Air Act Amendments and other environmental regulations is to stop using the materials that are regulated in the first place. Reducing or eliminating waste and the use of hazardous substances is called pollution prevention. The following pollution prevention approach can help your company:
The Pollution Prevention Approach
Step 1: Establish a small group of people in the facility to sit down and have a waste minimization brainstorming session. To help gain the most from this session:
Step 2: Determine from the groups input the top three air emission sources, in terms of cost and quantity emitted. For example, write down the three air emission sources that are the most expensive to manage:
Step 3: Focus on one of your listed items for your first pollution prevention effort. Talk to your suppliers and explain to them your interest in finding a way to eliminate the use of regulated chemicals. Ask if they supply other products that can get the job done without the added hazardous chemicals. Also, talk to your customers about changing specifications to allow the use of alternative process materials.
Step 4: As time permits, evaluate opportunities to eliminate or reduce the second- and third- ranked waste streams. Continually look at all processes at your facility, and evaluate pollution prevention opportunities to reduce and eliminate hazardous substance use.
WHO TO CALL FOR HELP
For Free, Non-Regulatory Assistance and Referrals, contact PPRC.
Produced by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center,
513 First Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98119
phone: 206-352-2050, fax: 206-352-2049, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, WWW address: http://www.pprc.org