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Resin Manufacturer Leverages Western NY MEP Expertise to Reduce Hazardous Waste

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Success Story Powered By Western NY MEP Center: InSyte Consulting

Niagara Falls, New York-based Durez Corporation (Durez), a division of Sumitomo Bakelite North America, Inc is a manufacturer of resins using a variety of chemical reactions taking place in controlled environments.  These resins are used across a number of manufacturing sectors including rubber, adhesives, specialty coatings, and abrasives.

The chemical processes used to manufacture these resins produce a variety of waste products most of which are non-hazardous materials.  However, the processes used to manage the waste mixed much of these together with hazardous waste which meant all of those batches needed to be treated as hazardous material.  This resulted in a cost structure for hazardous material that was significantly more than necessary if the waste could be managed differently.

InSyte Consulting, part of the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the MEP National Network, partnered with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) to investigate options for Durez to cost-effectively reduce their hazardous waste through various segregation methods.  Ultimately a reverse-osmosis process was chosen which will allow over 100,000 gallons of filtered water to be safely discharged or reused by the plant per year.  This project realizes a payback within the year from a reduction of over $100,000 in regulatory fees related to the hazardous material .

Results Include:

  • Reduction of over 100,000 gallons of contaminated water
  • Over $100,000 reduction in regulatory fees related to hazardous materials
  • Less than 1-year payback for the investment

See the complete story on the NIST Blog.