Waste Minimization Tips for Industrial Manufacturers

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In many manufacturing facilities, the filtration unit operations often are an afterthought. Unfortunately, discounting the importance of filtration can lead to major negative impacts on a process's profitability.

Of course, waste minimization is a complex undertaking. However, when it is approached with the focus on eliminating waste at the source, the benefits can be seen throughout the process.

In recent years, the focus of waste minimization has shifted from end-of-pipe pollution controls to minimizing waste at the source.

In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency's Priority Hierarchy of Waste Management lists source reduction as the most desirable technique - and disposal as the least desirable.

By minimizing waste at the source rather than trying to address it at the end, you provide a cleaner, safer environment.

You save money--sometimes millions of dollars--while reducing the long-term risk and liability. Here is how to get started...

Switch from disposable media filters (bags and cartridges) to self-cleaning filters.

This can not only create an effective filtration solution, but it can also garner an immediate and significant return on investment.

You may ask where the additional cost savings are from.

Cleanable media saves you money when all system costs are considered, many times referred to the hidden costs such as the cost of waste disposal, the purchase of replacement media, and the labor costs of bag change out.

Not to mention the added risk of employee exposure if the waste is a hazardous material.

The added benefit is the contribution to a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. This will be felt for years to come.

--by Ask Filter Man

For questions about industrial filtration, please visit the Ask Filter Man forum at http://www.askfilterman.com.

If you would like to discuss waste minimization filtration solutions with one of our highly-trained Applications Specialists, please Contact Us at http://www.askfilterman.com/ContactUs/AFM-PRWeb-Waste-Minimization.asp.

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