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1998 Pollution Prevention Environmental Excellence Awards

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Bowe Machine Co.
Bettendorf, IA
Waste Reduction

The used oil from metal cutting machines and forklifts is burned in a converted steam cleaner. Hot water created by this process is fed to a heat exchanger for heating the building, or diverted into a 600-gallon jacketed tank of oil/coolant. The temperature is elevated to 180 degrees and held at this level for eight hours. The coolant is then drained from the tank into cooling drums. The coolant extract is tested for pH level and removed.

Directorate of Environment & Safety
Fort Riley, KS
Process Change at the Quartermaster Laundry Facility

In June 1996, the Directorate of Environment and Safety at Fort Riley, Kansas, replaced the existing vented dry-cleaning machines; and reduced the amount of toxic chemicals used, the hazardous waste produced and the need for large amounts of water for cooling purposes. These modifications reduced hazardous waste by 51 percent, filter usage by 85 percent, air emissions by 90 percent, perchloroethylene consumption by 90 percent, and water usage by 3,000 percent. The direct saving to Fort Riley is $21,818 annually. The payback period for this environmental innovation is less than five years.

Parkway School District
Chesterfield, MO
Recycling & Energy Conservation Program

Parkway has implemented comprehensive and district-wide recycling and energy conservation programs. There is participation by all employees and all students. The district recovers and recycles polystyrene, cardboard, office paper, junk mail, file stock, computer paper, scrap metal, text books, phone books and aluminum cans. Parkway has also implemented a comprehensive energy conservation program which initially focused on the operations of the buildings and has now moved to school lighting. The programs have recovered tons of recyclable materials and reduced electricity and natural gas consumption by 19 to 20 percent.

Olin Corporation - Winchester Division
Independence, MO
Replacing volatile and ozone-depleting chemicals in aqueous-based cleaners in degreasing/cleanup operations

The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) personnel looked at the hazardous chemicals (mostly VOC and ODC solvents) used for metal and parts cleaning, then developed work teams to investigate and institute measures to convert to safer alternatives for both the employees and the environment. To date, almost all metal cleaning operations, throughout the plant, have been converted to aqueous-based alternatives. Benefits from the transition to water-based cleaners reduce employees’ exposure to hazardous chemicals and in some cases, improve cleaning performance. Savings occurred through reduced air emissions (4,200 pounds annually) and reduction of hazardous waste by 2,000 pounds.

Emerson Electric Company
Kennett, MO
Water-Based Varnish

The Kennett plant historically processed its “motor windings” through two separate “varnish” dip-tanks; each designed to enhance the performance characteristics of electrical motors as well as to “bond” the windings together. The windings continued from the dip-tanks via an overhead conveyor to one of two ovens located on the plant’s roof where windings are baked/cured at 300 Fahrenheit. The scope of this project was threefold: 1) To consolidate two lines into one, thus streamlining the manufacturing process to enhance Just-In-Time concepts; 2) To relocate the ovens from the roof areas (Loading was in excess of the roof’s capabilities); and 3) To continue with Emerson’s commitment to reduce VOC and HAP emissions (Pollution Prevention). Benefits included: substantial air emission reductions and elimination of HAPs to the environment, reduced toxicity to employees, and enhanced safety to the community as new varnish is less volatile.

Office of Waste Management, University of Missouri Outreach & Extension
Springfield, MO

Household Hazardous Waste Project provides assistance to communities for promoting source reduction and management of hazardous wastes from households, family farms, and unregulated businesses. Household Hazardous Waste Project staff have answered more than 13,000 information requests from the public and made 330 presentations. An education program was furthered by media coverage in 380 articles and interviews. Staff has trained more than 1,000 people in 18 states.

Waste Reduction Assistance Program (WRAP) focuses on pollution prevention in businesses through a website, workshops and dissemination of printed materials. WRAP conducted pollution prevention workshops, developed a pollution prevention library, and assembled pollution prevention packets which are located throughout the county and Missouri.

Market Development Program (MDP) promotes and assists recycling throughout Missouri by focusing economic development efforts on businesses using materials recovered in manufacturing operations. The MDP has diverted 21,609 tons of these materials, created 64 jobs, and leveraged $5,328,000.

Custer County Development Board
Broken Bow, NE
Custer County Recycling

The recycling center was officially opened to serve Custer County in August 1995. At that time, the recyclables that were collected included: cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper, aluminum, steel cans, #1 plastics, #2 plastics, 3 colors of glass, and used oil to run the furnace. By April 1996, more than 1,000,000lbs. of recyclables had been processed. This kept the materials from being buried in the landfill, 55 miles away. In May 1996, a recycling trailer was left in each of the 11 communities in Custer County on a revolving weekend basis and old, intact batteries were added to the recyclables list. Since 1995, 5,000,000 lbs. of recyclable goods have been collected.

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