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Pollution Prevention for Light Industry and the Service Industry. P2 Ideas for Urban Environments. Work with a National Initiative. Identify potential Federal and Private facilities that may participate in the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP)

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pollution prevention for light industry and the service industry

Pollution Prevention for Light Industry and the Service Industry

P2 Ideas for Urban Environments

work with a national initiative
Work with a National Initiative
  • Identify potential Federal and Private facilities that may participate in the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP)
    • EPA assists by sending out an invitation to join NPEP
    • Follow up with a site visit
    • Win-Win situation for facility and the EPA
what types of chemical reductions are a focus for npep
What types of chemical reductions are a focus for NPEP?
  • Mercury
    • Fluorescent Light Fixtures
    • Thermometers
    • Switches/thermostats
  • Lead
    • Paint
    • Weights
  • PCB’s
    • Transformers
focus on light industry service industry
Focus on “Light” Industry“Service” Industry
  • Auto Body Shops
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Property Management
  • Schools/Universities
  • Hospitals
auto body shops
Purchase materials that are less hazardous

Avoid chlorinated solvents

Use high solids paints (more solids/less VOC’s)

Use aqueous cleaning solutions

Consider using water-borne paints

Reduce paint contaminated waste

Reuse paint mixing cups and use metal mixing sticks

Consider investing in a weigh scale to accurately measure paint

Use paint leftovers for equipment setup and spray pattern testing

AUTO BODY SHOPS
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AUTO BODY SHOPS
  • Control the use of solvents and paint thinners
    • Use water based prep solutions and cleaners
    • Avoid metal surface cleaning solvents
    • Use a mechanical or enclosed cleaning system
    • Utilize used solvent as a pre-wash for tough cleaning jobs
    • Use a solvent recycler or distillation unit to recover used solvent and save money
auto body shops process efficiency save
AUTO BODY SHOPSProcess Efficiency-SAVE $$$$
  • Improve paint transfer efficiency by providing periodic training for operators and using efficient
    • Shop saves money by decreasing amount of paint purchased, replacing paint booth filters less frequently and less frequent cleaning of the paint booth
    • Use high volume-low pressure spray guns for higher transfer efficiency
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AUTO BODY SHOPSProcess Efficiency-SAVE $$$$
  • Keep track of shop inventory to prevent over purchasing and prevent products from exceeding their expiration dates
    • Use up older materials first
    • Buy in bulk if practical those products that don’t have a shelf life to reduce multiple packaging and container disposal problems
    • Use cost effective reusable spray bottles for cleaners
    • Regularly check for leaks and spills, cleaning them up immediately
dry cleaning
Monitor Equipment efficiency (lbs of clothes cleaned per drum of solvent)

Utilize water based or less hazardous pre-spotters

Use alternative petroleum solvents to lower VOC content

Use alternative to PERC solvents and techniques

Replace perc machine with a dry to dry closed loop non vented machine that contains an integral refrigerated condenser and carbon adsorber

Utilize new technologies such as ultrasonic or carbon dioxide cleaning

Consider adding a wet cleaning operation for a portion of the cleaning

DRY CLEANING
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DRY CLEANING
  • Implement a leak detection and repair program
  • Implement good housekeeping and maintenance practices:
    • Drain filters for 24 hours before disposal,
    • Ensure waste containers do not leak
    • Replace equipment as soon as necessary
    • Clean up spills immediately
    • Recycle within the industrial process when possible
property management
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Lead Paint
  • Landscaping
  • Pest Management
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
  • Assess your facility for fluorescent lamps that contain mercury
  • Become knowledgeable about the regulation of lamps
  • Establish a process for handling, storing and managing lamps
  • Know how to properly manage broken lamps
  • Educate employees
  • Research cost effective measures for recycling and disposal of lamps
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
  • Fluorescent Lamp Recycling
    • Significant reduction in mercury in landfills
    • Can be cost effective if managed correctly
  • Switch from traditional incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs to reduce energy
  • Dispose of broken bulbs properly
    • Know the hazards of mercury spills
schools and universities
Schools and Universities
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Laboratory Chemicals
  • Renovation Materials
  • Maintenance Materials
hospitals
Hospitals
  • Mercury
    • Thermometers
    • Dental Amalgams
    • Instrumentation
    • Laboratories