C H E M I C A L A N D PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY February 2002 Doing What it Takes to be WasteWise ❖ Implement an in-plant labeling system that F rom reducing product packaging to eliminates purchase of excess labeling buying manufacturing supplies in bulk, materials. the chemical and pharmaceutical ❖ Redesign product inserts to use less paper. ❖ Lightweight plastic bottles used for product industry has a wealth of waste reduction packaging. opportunities. Below is a sampling of the ❖ Eliminate tertiary packaging on outgoing products. commitments and achievements of WasteWise ❖ Reduce materials in steel drums by partners in this industry. These types of standardizing specifications and down- gauging drum thickness and weight. activities also can help your company reduce ❖ Purchase materials in returnable or reusable waste and cut costs. For more information or drums. Recondition and reuse drums. to enroll your company in WasteWise, call ❖ Use refillable cylinders instead of drums for shipping. 800 EPAWISE (372-9473) or visit our home ❖ Send out products in returnable page at [www.epa.gov/wastewise]. totes. ❖ Purchase in bulk to eliminate Waste Prevention plastic pails used to store raw materials. T he cornerstone of WasteWise, waste ❖ Reuse 65” super sacks for storage prevention means using less material to of dry chemicals. do the same job, cutting waste before recycling. Regardless of industry sector, ❖ Use reusable industrial oil absorbents. everyone can take advantage of general waste ❖ Use cleaning rags for solvent application prevention goals, such as double-sided instead of disposable applicators. copying, packaging reduction, or switching to ❖ Purchase reusable coveralls and cleaning reusable supplies. Some WasteWise partners wipes. in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry have gone beyond the basics and implemented ❖ Establish program to wash vinyl operator activities that target industry-specific waste gloves for reuse. materials. The following is a sampling of ❖ Send heavy equipment air filters out to be these goals: reworked in lieu of discarding. Recycling Collection WasteWise Partners in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry W asteWise partners commit to initiating, expanding, or improving Abbott Laboratories Morton International, Inc. company programs to collect Allchem Services, Inc. Nalco Chemical Company recyclables. In some cases, companies add new Allergan, Inc. Noramco of Delaware Inc. materials to an existing program, or they Alpharma USPD Inc. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Applied Specialties, Inc. Corporation increase effectiveness through activities such as BASF Corp. PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, L.P. employee education or community outreach. Calgene LLC Pharmacia Corporation WasteWise partners in the chemical and Clearon Corp. Phillips Petroleum pharmaceutical industry have set these goals: Company Cytec Industries - Fortier Complex Purepac Pharmaceutical ❖ Recycle fiberboard barrels. Reckitt & Colman Inc. Cytec Industries Inc., ❖ Recycle glass into “glassphalt”. Wallingford Plant Roche Vitamins Dow Chemical Company Incorporated ❖ Recycle laminated cardboard cores. S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Dow Corning Corp. ❖ Recycle dry chemical bags. DuPont Pharmaceuticals Searle & Company Company Shell Chemical Company ❖ Organize and maintain an Duramed Pharmaceuticals Sterling Chemicals, Inc. employee handbook on E. I. duPont de Nemours & The Hall Chemical disposal and recycling of Company, Inc. Company laboratory waste. Eli Lilly & Company The Lubrizol Corp.- Corp Faultless Starch/Bon Ami HQ/Wickliffe R&D Fac. Buying or Company Genzyme Corporation The Lubrizol Corp.- Painesville Manuf'g Fac. Manufacturing Hoffman-La Roche Inc. Merck-Medco Rx Services The Muralo Company Inc. The Scotts Company Recycled Products of NV Monsanto Company The Seydel Companies VANEX, Inc. W asteWise partners commit to Monsanto Company - Witco Corp. Luling Plant Zeneca Specialties increasing the overall recycled content in the products they purchase. As of February 1, 2002 WasteWise partners that are manufacturers can ❖ Purchase plastic drums either increase the percentage of postconsumer made with recycled content. content in the products they make or increase the recycled content in the products they ❖ Increase postconsumer purchase. Buy-recycled activities of WasteWise content in bag-in-box partners in the chemical and pharmaceutical packaged products. industry include: ❖ Incorporate regenerated PET into product packaging. Sample Partner Achievements ❖ Applied Specialties, Inc. encourages waste prevention among its clients by working with its material transport tank manufacturer to collect used tanks for free. The used tanks are cleaned for reuse. ❖ Calgene LLC keeps lab and office equipment out of landfills by donating it to local primary and secondary schools, universities, and science centers. The company also reduced incom- ing junk mail by providing employees with postcards that request removal from mailing lists. ❖ The Lubrizol Corp. Wickliffe Ohio (Corporate Headquarters and R&D facility) collects wooden boxes and crates for internal reuse, donates old furniture for reuse, and shreds pallets to be used for lawn mulch and playground turf. In 2000, the company donated 3.4 tons of computer equipment to local schools.
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