Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.

Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.

MM&A Inks Exclusive Two-Way Deal With Pollution Control Industries (PCI)


Source: Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.

Why partner with Pollution Control Industries? Why partner with a permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF)? Why partner with anyone for that matter? Well, when your namesake’s Mission Statement and Corporate Goals include:

… maximizing revenue from existing clients,
… strategically pursuing new markets,
… diversifying our client base, and
… delivering profitable, long-term revenue streams,

…sometimes you have to think outside the box to accomplish those goals.

Pollution Control Industries is a like minded company. They have similar goals and objectives but own significant market-share in business sectors other than MM&A. Steve Carpenter, a member of MM&A’s Business Development Team has worked with PCI in the past. His idea to bring together two complementary companies with complimentary markets, services and geographic presence has borne another partnering deal. PCI offers disposal and recycling services for both hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams. Looking specifically at how teaming with PCI will accomplish our missions and goals, one can immediately see why this partnership makes sense!

….maximizing revenue from existing clients

MM&A now can offer significant disposal, recycling and lab-pack services to our existing energy, environmental and engineering clients. PCI can offer engineering design and environmental & remediation field services to their clientele who presently look outside PCI to other vendors for those services.

… strategically pursuing new markets

By teaming with PCI, MM&A can gain immediate access to markets previously untapped. Those markets include the chemical, printing, plastics, paint and pharmaceutical industries. The marketplace is serviced by over two dozen PCI professionals, in 17 states where MM&A presently does not have office locations and PCI has three (3) fixed based facilities – East Chicago, IN, Millington, TN & Columbia, SC. Likewise, PCI gains access to MM&A’s energy, environmental, and engineering clientele.

… diversifying our client base,

PCI has been in it’s marketplace for over 20 years. MM&A will gain valuable access to those markets and benefit from their decades of growth and service.

… and, delivering profitable, long-term revenue streams

Realizing this is a relationship not a project, MM&A and PCI will generate sustained growth and profit that will out-gain any possible profits from any one single job!

PCI has several new and emerging technologies that will assist MM&A’s clients in many ways. The most recent and very promising of those technologies is the Solids Distillation System (SDS). In order to design, construct and operate this new technology, significant permitting and design work was accomplished to the satisfaction of both the USEPA Region V and the Indiana Department of Environmental Protection.

What is SDS?
Most thermal treatment processes drive off volatiles and burn the excess gases from the waste to destroy its organic content. This system differs in that the heat source is never directly applied to the material. The waste is processed and fed into a long furnace. This oven-like chamber is constantly rotated as material travels down its interior. An anaerobic atmosphere prevents hydrocarbon gases
from oxidizing. The system then collects and cools the gases so that the chemicals can be returned to manufacturing processes.

A Natural Evolution
Normally, waste recycling processes collect waste from a generator and process the material by cataloging and separating it into compatible areas. Wastes are then sorted and sent to various offsite operations for treatment and disposal. This system requires a lot of handling and paperwork to meet EPA and Department of
Transportation regulations for shipping materials to the company site and subsequent off-site locations. Specifically, as the EPA imposes cradle-to-grave responsibility on the generator for all wastes that a company may produce, such shipping of materials to and through third parties often represents a continuing risk for the waste generator. The new system attempts to avoid the necessity of trusting third parties with compliance liability by rendering the waste completely
non-hazardous and subsequently recycling the leftover organic material. Once accomplished, the generator receives a Certificate of Recycling and generator liability terminates. Nearly all organic solid wastes can be handled on-site with the SDS technology; therefore the treated wastes do not have hazardous solid components, making them safe for disposal of in a normal manner. All organic components are separated from the solids during the process.

The Process
SDS technology relies heavily on the aptitude of on-site personnel. Wastes are collected and tested by qualified technicians at the plant, who then gather samples to be tested in the facility’s laboratory. Materials are then categorized and safely stored. Wastes are carefully fed to a special shredder, which reduces all feed materials to a uniform size, and conveys them to an entry valve. The wastes are then introduced to the rotating processing chamber. That process chamber is filled with an anaerobic atmosphere designed to prevent the oxidation of hydrocarbon components as they are driven from the wastes. As wastes move through the chamber, they are heated to very high temperatures; as the heat is
applied indirectly, the material is never exposed to direct flame. Such high temperatures drive all volatile and semi- volatile organic chemicals from the solids. The organic components of the wastes are condensed and sent to an oil/water separator as a water/organic mixture to be processed. The resulting organic concentrate is then processed through a fractionation distillation process for reclaiming and recycling organic chemicals back into industrial processes. The closed loop system produces no emissions.

What Wastes Are Processed?
Most organic solids can be processed, including paint waste, solvent soaked rags, resins, polymers, production debris, refinery waste, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and discarded commercial products. So long as the material is recycled, the process is exempt from Resource Conservation and Recovery Act rules. Rather, once the material has been processed, the generator receives a Certificate of Recycling that affirms the materials have been recycled. The generator then has no further liability. The solid hazardous waste shipped to this unit is still a hazardous waste until it is recycled in this process – meaning the generator still generates a hazardous waste and ships it on a manifest, and PCI receives and stores it as a hazardous waste until it is recycled in SDS. The generator does receive a certificate of recycling on the waste, which is beneficial in ISO 14001 programs and Environmental Management System goals for recycling.

By virtue of receiving a Certificate of Recycling, the material is removed from the solid waste definition in 40CFR261. Putting potentially hazardous chemicals back into industrial processes, the environmentally friendly SDS process achieves waste minimization and recycling goals by turning a waste into a valuable product for industry.

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