Contributed by Amy Hawthorne, Marketing Assistant at ReAgent, for the ACS GCI What's Your Green Chemistry? Campaign
As a chemical manufacturer, ReAgent has to be cautious about waste and ensure we’re continuously finding new ways to reduce toxic waste and avoid harming the environment. To target this aim, we set environmental objectives each year so we can improve our recycle and waste processes, and try to come up with more ways to reduce pollution. We also hold an ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and our recycle rate is around 98%.
To upkeep this standard and deal with toxic waste appropriately, we follow an agreement with our water treatment company which dictates what can and can’t go down the drain. This is very specific, and we don’t throw anything away that is toxic or could be harmful to the drain. In other words, anything with a hazardous symbol does not go down the drain.
Toxic waste can cause pollution, and can also directly affect those working in the drain, so these safe practices are crucial. To deal with the chemical waste that can’t be easily disposed, we arrange for a hazardous waste treatment company to collect and dispose of this on our behalf. We always fill in waste-transfer notes so that everything is recorded and traceable.
There’s no cutting corners when it comes to chemical waste disposal; anything hazardous stays away from drains and we continue to protect people and the environment.
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