Promoting Beneficial Use

We are committed to the sustainable management and reduction of our waste, as evidenced by our continual efforts in 2016 to find beneficial outlets for our waste streams.

  • As a corporation, 33% of our non-hazardous wastes were beneficially disposed. Specific facility achievements for beneficial disposal of non-hazardous wastes are as follows:
    • 94% at our Ashton, UK facility, including recycling more than 1,000 metric tons of scrubber waste.
    • 78% at our Equipment and Assembly facility in Pittsburgh, PA.
    • 74% at our Feluy plant in Belgium, our Chemviron headquarters.
    • 73% at our Pearl River plant in Pearlington, MS.
  • More than 100 metric tons of supersacks were recycled throughout the organization, an increase from 2015. This is estimated to be more than 40,000 supersacks. Supersacks are our main packaging material for activated and reactivated carbon.
  • More than 4,500 supersacks at the Columbus, Ohio plant alone were reused in 2016. Before sending used supersacks to off-site recycling, facilities reuse the packaging for their own purposes, wherever possible. Reusing sacks that held virgin activated carbon to transport reactivated carbons further extends the usefulness of our packaging.

Carbon fines are the largest waste stream at many of our facilities. Beneficial disposal of carbon fines, or other beneficial disposition such as recycling the fines into other products can significantly impact our non- hazardous waste metrics reported for the activated and reactivated carbon facilities. When carbon fines were captured and recycled into other product feedstocks, the quantities were tracked under the EN1/EN2 material metrics in 2016. If sent for other beneficial uses, the quantities are tracked under the waste metrics. In 2016, more than 1,600 metric tons of carbon fines were sent for beneficial disposal, as highlighted by the following site specific achievements:

  • More than 800 metric tons by our Feluy plant in Belgium
  • More than 775 metric tons by our Pearl River plant in Pearlington, MS
  • More than 35 metric tons by our Columbus, Ohio plant