BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABOROATORY
1999 POLLUTION PREVENTION, WASTE REDUCTION AND RECYLING PROJECTS
TRACKING SYSTEM
WASTE DESCRIPTION CONTACT PHONE REDUCED, REUSED, RECYCLED OR CONSERVED POUNDS REDUCED, REUSED, RECYCLED OR CONSERVED IN 1999 WASTE TYPE POTENTIAL COSTS FOR TREATMENT & DISPOSAL COST OF RECYCLE, PREVENTION ESTIMATED COST BENEFIT PROEJECT DESCRIPTION DETAILS
Paint, 1800 gallons of excess material Pete Stelmaschuk, ext 3981 Reused 18,000 Hazardous Waste $12,000 $0 $18,000 1800 gallons of paint was donated to Town of Brookhaven for reuse. Material consisted of colors no longer used and small batches of specialty paints. Disposal cost is estimated at $12,000. Internal handling, characterization, and transportation costs estimated at $6,000. Created excellent public relations with Town and ultimate recipients.
3 Chillers for Cooling Water Systems Tom Lambertson, ext. 3352 Conserved 12,850,000 Water $2,040 $0 $2,040 During clean out of Oceanography building, three chillers were identified as available and were reused the Central Shops to replace once-through cooling water systems. Estimated water conservation is 1.5 million gallons, assuming flowrates of 5 GPM, and operation for 10 weeks/year for the three systems (12.85 million lbs of water). Estimated cost for supplying and then disposing of water is $1.35/1000 gallons.
Millipore RO System John Sutherland, ext Reused 200 Sanitary $200 $0 $2,000 During clean out of Oceanography, reverse osmosis system was scheduled for removal and disposal as trash. The system was described in an email to ESH Coordinators, resulting in a use being identified for Biology  experiments at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS).
Lead Bricks for Hot Cell Ed Richards, ext. 7251 Reuse 172,000 Mixed Waste $405,725 $100,000 $305,725 Reused over 7,000 radioactive lead bricks for shielding in the Hotcell being constructed at Waste Management Division. Avoided cost of disposal as mixed waste is estimated at $405,725 ($2/lbs for disposal x 172,000 lbs, plus $61,725 for packaging, handling, and transportation). Project eliminates potential environmental impact of storing waste bricks.
Waste Oil Roland Baillargeon, ext.3261 Source Reduction 3,500 Hazardous Waste $6,000 $0 $20,000 350 gallons of waste oil contaminated with chlorinated compounds required disposal as hazardous waste at cost of $6,000. Source of chlorinated compound contamination was identified and replaced with non-chlorinated substitute. Waste oil is now removed free of charge and used for energy recovery. Estimate three batches per year.
Deionization System regeneration wastes Ron Beauman, ext. 7418 Source Reduction 1,000 Hazardous Waste $1,000 $9,000 $3,000 Installed a deionization system on the make-up water supply at NSLS cooling water system allowing longer periods between regeneration of resins.  Reduces approximately 110 gallons of hazardous waste, and saves labor by decreasing frequency of regeneration (estimated $2,000)
Purge Water Low-Flow, Low-Purge Well Sampling Doug Paquette, ext. 7046 Source Reduction 1,164,000 Radioactive and Hazardous Wastes $450,000 $23,000 $820,000 Project involved procurement of low-flow, low-purge well sampling equipment and training of sampling team. Eliminates approximately 137,000 gallons of contaminated purge water (1,164,000 lbs) at an estimated cost of $450,000 for treatment and disposal, and reduces labor costs by an estimated $370,000.(1,164,000 lbs = 138,000 gallons of contaminated purge water)
Fluorescent Lamps Mike Clancy, ext. 7651 Recycling 82,248 Hazardous Waste $109,000 $25,000 $84,000 A total of 41,124 fluorescent bulbs were sent to Mercury Technolgoies Inc, Division of AERC for recycling in 1999. Estimating 2 lbs/bulb, or a total of 82,248 lbs of bulbs. Disposal of crushed bulbs as mercury waste would have cost approximately $300/drum (mercury less than 260 mg/kg) plus $300/drum labor (crushing, packaging, characterization). At 500 lbs/drum of crushed bulbs, 165 drums of bulbs would have required disposal ($99,000 for crushing/disposal). Transportation is estimated at $10,000 for a total cost avoidance of $109,000.
Fluorescent Lamps Chris Johnson, ext. 7636 Source Reduction 69,500 Hazardous Waste $91,740 $40,000 $51,740 29,775 low mercury bulbs were purchased to replace mercury bearing bulbs.  Low mercury bulbs are disposable at the local landfill as sanitary waste, thus avoiding generation of hazardous wastes. At 2 lbs./bulb, 69,500 lbs of hazardous waste were avoided. Fluorescent bulbs that are hazardous waste cost approximately $1.32/lbs to dispose, for a total avoided cost of $91,740.
PCB Ballasts Chris Johnson, ext. 7636 Source Reduction 265 PCB Waste $1,000 $13,000 $56,000 Proactively remove PCB ballasts in lighting systems. Replacement as a project avoids replacement on a one-by-one basis when a leak occurs. Project cost to replace 53 units estimated at $13,000. Response to leaker (spill response, sampling, cleanup) estimated at $1,300 or $68,900/53 units.
Blasocut Machining Coolant Tom Lambertson, ext. 3352 Recycled/Reused 30,385 Industrial Waste $24,180 $0 $24,180 Central Shops Division operates a recycling system that reclaims Blasocut machining coolant and supplies it labwide. 3,570 gallons (or 65 drums) of Blasocut lubricant were recycled in 1999. Recycling involves aeration, centrifuge, and filteration. Avoids cost of disposal as industrial waste ($300/drum = $19,500), plus handling, characterization, shipping  and an avoided cost of procurement of 3 drums of concentrate for a total savings of $24,180. Cost of recycle is estimated to be the same as cost of procurement and preparation of proper dilution for use.
AGS Ion Exchange regeneration wastewater Ed Dale, ext. 7943 Source Reduction 127,500 Radioactive Wastewater $160,000 $192,000 $136,000 This was a multi-year implementation completed in 1999. Retrofitted ion exchange systems so resins could be removed and disposed as LLW, instead of regenerating them. Regeneration produced ~15,000 gallons of radioactive wastewater annually at an estimated cost of $160,000/yr. Resin removal will produce ~130 cubic feet of resin for disposal instead at an estimated cost of $24,000/yr, for a yearly savings of $136,000/yr. (127,500 lbs =~15,000 gal)
Cylinders returned to Suppliers from Chemistry Dept Ed Richards, ext. 7251 Recycle 565 HazardousWaste $25,425 $3,390 $22,035 Returned 113 cylinders from Chemistry Dept to supplier (Mattheson) at a cost of $30/cyclinder, avoiding cost of disposal at an estimated cost of $225/cyclinder.
Lead Acid Batteries Roland Baillargeon, ext.3261 Recycled 2,200 Hazardous Waste $5,000 $0 $5,000 Estimate 50 lbs/battery and five per drum for disposal as hazardous waste at $450/drum plus handling, and shipping.
Office Paper Oscar Blevins, ext. 4806 Recycled 740,000 Sanitary Waste $29,600 $0 $29,600 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Cardboard Oscar Blevins, ext. 4806 Recycled 248,000 Sanitary Waste $9,920 $0 $9,920 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Scrap Metal Mike Guacci, ext. 2976 Recycled 126,000 Sanitary Waste $5,000 $0 $5,000 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Bottles/Cans Oscar Blevins, ext. 4806 Recycled 42,200 Sanitary Waste $1,690 $0 $1,690 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Tires Roland Baillargeon, ext.3261 Recycled 30,400 Sanitary Waste $1,216 $0 $1,216 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Construction Debris Oscar Blevins, ext. 4806 Recycled 704,000 Sanitary Waste $19,500 $0 $19,500 Estimate $80/ton for disposal as trash.
Antifreeze Roland Baillargeon, ext.3261 Recycled 1,232 Industrial Waste $1,500 $0 $1,500 Estimate 3 drums for disposal as industrial waste liquid.
Used Motor Oil Roland Baillargeon, ext.3261 Recycled 30,345 Industrial Waste $30,000 $0 $30,000 Estimate of 70 drums (3570 gallons) at $450/drum plus characterization, handling packaging and shipping
Lead Mike Guacci, ext. 2976 Recycled 1,400 Hazardous Waste $2,000 $0 $2,000 Estimate 3 drums for disposal as hazardous waste.
    TOTALS 16,444,940   $1,393,736 $405,390 $1,650,146