Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion – $10 a Barrel

23 Sep

image Is reducing the price per barrel of oil a step in the right direction? If so, Envion Inc. claims they are leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a plastic-to-oil conversion technology. According to the manufacturer, the Envion Oil Generator is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts plastic waste into synthetic light medium oil for less than $10 per barrel.

GreenCar Magazine has a story (press release) here: Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion Process Produces Oil for Less than $10 barrel.

The Company’s principal activities focus on production, as well as ongoing R&D dedicated to advancing the efficiency and range of applications of the Envion technology. More information can be found at www.envion.com.

Bottom Line “Green” Strategies for Businesses

19 Sep

Everyday business owners and managers are meeting to discuss operating expenses and profits. But how often do you see “Green Strategies” as a line item on the agenda? Not often enough but more often now than in the past for a good reason; green business strategies increase profitability.

When a business implements green strategies they reduce waste, increase efficiency and lower their operating costs. Not only do you help improve the environment, you profit by doing so. Where do you start?

There are a significant amount of resources available from organizations, companies and government agencies.

Industrial Technologies Program (ITP): Leads national efforts to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. ITP is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and contributes to its efforts by partnering with U.S. industry in a coordinated program of research and development, validation, and dissemination of energy efficiency technologies and operating practices. There is a wealth of information available on their website including additional details concerning the Industrial Assessment Centers (more info below).

Industrial Assessment Centers: The Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), sponsored by EERE’s Industrial Technologies Program, provide eligible small- and medium-sized manufacturers with no-cost energy assessments. Additionally, the IACs serve as a training ground for the next-generation of energy savvy engineers. Manufacturers can request an energy audit from IACS. A team of energy specialists will visit your facility, perform an energy audit and help you identify projects that conserve energy and reduce waste.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE): DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have conducted dozens of environmental audits in North Carolina. The state does a fabulous job providing information to businesses, consultants and the public. If you can’t find what you need on their website, give them a call – they are very helpful.

Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program: Partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified “green,” participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste; all of which result in lowering costs and increasing profits. The program was initially developed by local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. Although the program is focused on the Northern California area, they offer a variety of business resources you can use to reduce waste including “Green Business Checklists” such as the following for:

Buying Green Power in Your State – Green Power Network: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. This site provides state-by-state information on Green Power Marketing in Competitive Electricity Markets and Utility Green Pricing Programs. In addition, the site lists marketers of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (also known as green tags or tradable renewable certificates), which represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from a renewable energy project. Whether or not consumers have access to green power through their local utility or a competitive electricity marketer, consumers can purchase RECs without having to switch electricity suppliers.

Wind Powering America: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America site provides state-by-state wind project information, including validated wind maps, anemometer loan programs, small wind guides, legislative briefings, wind working groups, and state-specific news.

Profitable Green Solutions: More and more focus is being placed on total carbon emissions; your carbon “footprint” so to speak. First, you must accurately measure your carbon emissions using global standards. There are numerous ways to measure and subsequently reduce carbon emissions that result in cost-savings. Profitable Green Solutions, a private consulting firm, solicites new business by offering free carbon audits.

Greenspot Program Needed in All 50 States

10 Sep

GREENspot needed in all 50 states

What do you do with unwanted computers, monitors, TVs, cell phones, audio-video components and other electronic waste? Landfill? Do you have any other option? Southern California residents do. They can now recycle unwanted electronics at dozens of convenient “e-waste” drop-off locations known as GREENspots.

California has established 126 GREENspots statewide making it easier for California residents and businesses to find free, convenient and environmentally responsible electronic waste recycling drop-off locations. All states need to create similar programs so consumers and businesses can recycle their unwanted TVs, cell phones, audio-video components, computer equipment, microwave ovens, electronic equipment from offices and labs and other recyclable materials.

ASL Recycling is heading the charge in California and it has recently extended its network of GREENspot e-waste drop-off locations into Southern California, adding 29 new GREENspots to the growing list of locations.

“Last year, when we started the GREENetwork, we focused on making the original language of the state legislation a reality by establishing ‘free and convenient’ waste recycling solutions for consumers,” said Carey Levine, vice president of sales and marketing at ASL Recycling. “Californians can now visit a website, locate a local GREENspot, and know that the e-waste they take there will be properly managed. And they don’t have to wait for a collection event in their neighborhood — they can drop it off at their convenience and know it is going to be handled safely and securely.”

When ASL Recycling launched the GREENetwork earlier this year, its goal was to make it convenient for people to get rid of their e-waste, and to also assure them that it would be treated according to industry best practices. With this second phase of its California expansion completed, ASL Recycling is on track to attain its aggressive goal of making it possible for 9 out 10 households and businesses in the state to be within 5 miles of a GREENspot. The company continues to emphasize public education on e-waste through community outreach, collection events, and mass-media campaigns.

How it works: The program is simple (if you live in California). Visit www.aslgreenspot.com, type in your ZIP code and instantly locate a nearby drop-off location.

Who is ASL?
ASL was started in 1998 as an asset services company reselling high tech equipment and managing IT assets for large corporations in the Silicon Valley. When the state of California passed the Recycling Act of 2003 and California SB20 legislation, ASL made a natural progression to providing a free electronic waste recycling program to businesses and consumers. Today ASL acts as both a state authorized collector and recycler of electronic waste.

Every month ASL prevents approximately 600 tons of e-waste from being dumped in local landfills and is recycling 98% of the material that comes through the facility. Computers, cell phones, televisions and other electronic components have changed the way we gather information, seek entertainment, and stay connected with friends and family, and our colleagues and clients.

Do you have a similar program in your local area?
Leave a comment and let us know; please include your general location (city, state) and any info you have on your local program.

Additional Resources for E-waste recycling:

Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA: partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle – to “eCycle” – your used electronics. Plug-In To eCycling makes it easier for you to donate or safely recycle old electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones; and they work with communities, electronics manufacturers, and retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling.

E-waste: A blight on the environment and a company’s good name: CIO News article on e-waste recycling and the company Redemtech;  a Columbus, Ohio-based company that helps mostly large enterprises reassign, retire, dispose of and redeem IT hardware.

e-Stewards – Responsible e-cyclers: A list of companies that have signed the  Electronic Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship, the most rigorous criteria for sustainable and socially just electronics recycling.