The most effective way to ensure a waste stream does not exist is during the conceptual phase of the product or process. Edward Ballo has led many efforts to eliminate or reduce hazardous and non-hazardous waste footprints. Edward has worked with packaging, manufacturing and design engineers to eliminate or reduce the use of materials that generate waste in production processes.
Additionally, Edward has worked closely with operations personnel, including production operators, supervisors, manufacturing engineering and maintenance/facilities to address waste generation. During both the introduction of a new product as well as dealing with a product that is currently in operation, the hierarchy of controls was used as a guideline to ensure elimination or maximum reduction occurred in the operation. Edward led committees on how to eliminate or reduce waste at the site level.
An example of waste minimization was using an on-site waste water treatment plant to treat the hazardous waste. The site was generating approximately 1.2 million pounds of hazardous waste per year and a portion of that waste was produced by emptying wet process tanks and sending the material off to be treated at a TSDF.
After performing an in-depth review of the waste water treatment’s permit requirements, it became apparent that most of the material from the wet processes could be treated in the waste water treatment plant. 340,000 pounds, or 28.3 percent, of hazardous waste was eliminated that year alone.
Contact Edward Ballo with e3s Consulting for your company’s waste elimination and minimization needs.