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ESG Success Story: Reducing Hazardous Waste Disposal

Last updated Dec 21, 2023 | Published on Jul 28, 2023

ESG Success Story: Reducing Hazardous Waste Disposal

Boyd’s Monroe facility is compliant with hazardous waste recycling regulations recently established by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to promote safe and environmentally responsible reuse and reclamation of valuable materials. We estimate recent reclamation improvements to reduce hazardous waste disposal by 76%.

Reducing Hazardous Waste Disposal in 2023

Boyd’s facility in Monroe, North Carolina uses Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) solvent in metal product printing and decorating processes. The MEK solvent used to thin inks and clean equipment between print runs is considered hazardous waste and has to be responsibly managed. The facility installed a distilling unit that allows operators to recycle up to 76% of the MEK solvent used daily. The distilling unit separates the ink and solvent mixture, categorizing wasted inks and solvents separately from recycled MEK solvent. This recycling process allows the facility to reuse MEK solvent the following day.

Implementing this recycling process reduced Boyd Monroe’s MEK disposal from 8460 lbs in 2022 to 2074 lbs in 2023, enabling the facility to transition from a large waste producer to a small waste producer, as per the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) guidelines.

Boyd’s Commitment to Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability

Boyd is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Not only do we focus on reducing waste generation, but we drive continuous improvements in innovating waste management technologies to reduce potential health and environmental impacts. We strive to inspire other organizations in the industry to adopt similar practices contributing to a more sustainable future.

Learn more about Boyd’s Environmental Responsibility and our commitment to Sustainability.

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