solvent recycling in an academic research laboratory l.
Download
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation
Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 17

Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 368 Views
  • Uploaded on

Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory Steve Brehio Northeastern University Office of Environmental Health & Safety Boston, Massachusetts Northeastern University National research university located in Boston, Massachusetts World leader in practiced-orientated education

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory' - jaden


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
solvent recycling in an academic research laboratory

Solvent Recycling in an Academic Research Laboratory

Steve Brehio

Northeastern University

Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Boston, Massachusetts

northeastern university
Northeastern University
  • National research university located in Boston, Massachusetts
  • World leader in practiced-orientated education
  • 24,500 students
  • 4,405 faculty and staff
  • Three suburban campuses including Marine Science Center
  • 41 academic buildings and 28 residence halls
  • 440 research and teaching laboratories

RCRA National Conference

northeastern university3
Northeastern University

RCRA National Conference

needs determination
Needs Determination

New researcher was part of the reason for a huge spike in solvent waste in late 1998 and early 1999 from a glass washing operation:

  • Increased cost for hazardous waste disposal
  • Increased lab waste stream volume
  • Increased operations and scheduling problems
  • Increased accumulation and storage constraints
  • Needed to change to large quantity generator
  • Recycling opportunity

RCRA National Conference

recycling solvents
Research Laboratory

Synthetic organic chemistry research laboratory – five graduate students doing numerous column washes and rinsing tasks

Generating 1,200 gal/yr (1999)

acetone 720 gal (4,744 lbs)

ethyl acetate 240 gal (1,581 lbs)

hexane 240 gal (1,581 lbs)

Opportunity to Recycle 50 to 80%

acetone recycled in 2000 - 360 gal (2,371 lbs)

acetone, ethyl acetate and hexane recycled in 2001 - 350 gal (2,306 lbs)

Recycling Solvents

RCRA National Conference

slide7

Solvent Recycling System Options

RCRA National Conference

slide8

Unit Purchased for Synthetic

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

  • Features:
  • No water hookup (air cool)
  • Gravity fill system to
  • eliminate open pouring
  • Automatic waste drain
  • Vapor recovery system
  • (activated charcoal filter)
  • Built-in spill containment
  • Internal safety switches

RCRA National Conference

slide9

Solvent Recycling System In Lab

RCRA National Conference

basic economics of recycling
Basic Economics of Recycling
  • Initial Purchase : $15,750

(cost sharing with Chemistry Department)

  • Projected annual savings: $7,200

(waste disposal as lab pack)

  • Payback approximately 2 years
  • Savings will vary depending on disposal: lab pack, 5 gallon pail or 55 gallon drum
  • Other Savings: $3,000 annually not having to purchase new solvent

RCRA National Conference

other issues
Other Issues
  • Recycling permit
  • Initial fee and annual report
  • New labeling system
  • On-going maintenance
  • Manufacturer warranty

(approximately $1000/yr)

  • Utility installation/operational cost
  • Continuity of compliance programs

RCRA National Conference

hazardous waste generated13

2000-2001 Solvent Recycling System In Use

Northeastern University:

Hazardous Waste Generated

LQG

SQG

RCRA National Conference

hazardous waste generated14

2000-2001 Solvent Recycling System In Use

Northeastern University:

Hazardous Waste Generated

LQG

SQG

RCRA National Conference

2002 what happened
2002 – What Happened?
  • Principal investigator on sabbatical leave for one year in England.
  • Main research group graduated and left University.
  • Some of the new graduate students moved into different laboratory and did not embrace use of solvent recycler.
  • EHS did not identify increased waste from new graduate students until later in 2002.
  • New synthetic organic chemistry research group on campus

RCRA National Conference

conclusions
Conclusions

Use of solvent recycling system in 2000 and 2001 resulted in the following:

  • Decreased cost for disposal (after two year payback)
  • Decreased lab waste stream volume
  • Decreased operations and scheduling problems
  • Decreased accumulation & storage constraints (main accumulation area serviced less frequently)
  • Returned to small quantity generator status
  • Recycling opportunity (waste recycled and savings on less frequent purchase of new product)

RCRA National Conference

questions
Questions?

"Christie Todd Whitman, who is head of the EPA, has announced she is resigning at the end of the month. President Bush was shocked. He didn't even know we had an Environmental Protection Agency. Do you know what the EPA is? Their job is to protect the environment from President Bush." - Jay Leno

"The former governor of New Jersey and the head of the environmental protection agency, Christine Todd Whitman, has resigned. Did you hear about this? Two reasons: Bush felt she was too soft on decimating pristine wilderness, and she was too hung up on that breathable air issue." - David Letterman

RCRA National Conference