Environmental InitiativeBusiness & Environment Series      October 25, 2012
Minnesota Technical AssistanceProgram•  Created in 1984•  Located at the University of Minnesota•  Provide waste managemen...
Industrial Process Assistance•  Pollution prevention•  More efficient use of raw   materials•  Water conservation strategi...
Why Waste Prevention?                                  More        Reduce Material Content   Preferred          Reuse Comp...
MnTAP Services•  On-Site Assistance  –  Site assessment visits  –  Intern program  –  Company team facilitation  –  Demons...
MnTAP Impacts 2011                                                                                  Energy	               ...
On-Site Assistance: Site VisitsOutputs                                    Outcomes•  121 site visits                      ...
Impact: Standard Iron & Wire WorksSauk Centre, Minnesota                         •  Referred by Minnesota WasteWise       ...
On-Site Assistance: TeamsOutputs                                  Outcomes•  11 active teams                       •    73...
Impact: Kemps Ice CreamRochester, Minnesota                       •  New team started in 2011                       •  Goa...
On-Site Assistance: InternsOutputs•  9 interns•  20 inquiriesRecommendations•     95,000 lbs waste•     24 million gal wat...
Impact: Consolidated Precision Prod.Bloomington, Minnesota                         •  Two interns since 2008              ...
Project: Solid Waste in Surgical CentersU.S. EPA Region V2011 Outputs•  Project Partnership with   Mayo Clinic to evaluate...
Project: Event Center Food Waste2011 Outputs•  2 waste sorts                            U.S. EPA Region V•  Staff and vend...
Minnesota Materials ExchangeOutputs                                                      Other•  41 calls / emails        ...
Our Reach Site Visits Teams Interns
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Helping Minnesota businesses implement industry-tailored solutions that maximize   ...
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Business and Environment Series: Babcock - Closing the Loop, Managing Downstream Waste

  1. 1. Environmental InitiativeBusiness & Environment Series October 25, 2012
  2. 2. Minnesota Technical AssistanceProgram•  Created in 1984•  Located at the University of Minnesota•  Provide waste management, pollution prevention and energy efficiency assistance•  Confidential and Non-regulatory
  3. 3. Industrial Process Assistance•  Pollution prevention•  More efficient use of raw materials•  Water conservation strategies•  Energy efficiency opportunities•  Cost savings for businesses!!
  4. 4. Why Waste Prevention? More Reduce Material Content Preferred Reuse Components Recycle Energy Recovery Dispose Less Preferred
  5. 5. MnTAP Services•  On-Site Assistance –  Site assessment visits –  Intern program –  Company team facilitation –  Demonstrations and research projects•  Minnesota Materials Exchange•  Communications and Outreach
  6. 6. MnTAP Impacts 2011 Energy   Total WasteActivity   (lbs)   Water (gal)   kWh   therms   Cost Savings  Goal   200,000   11,000,000   4,000,000   330,000   $1,350,000  Site Visits (calls/ 3,581,000   620,000   1,642,000   954,500   $1,373,000  emails)  Interns   14,600   6,150,000   3,828,000   1,165,900   $1,094,700  Teams   1,544,900   7,100,000   2,320,100   75,600   $677,025  Materials Exchange   380,000   ---   ---   ---   $11,000  GRAND TOTAL 5,140,700 13,870,000 7,790,000 2,196,000 $3,146,000
  7. 7. On-Site Assistance: Site VisitsOutputs Outcomes•  121 site visits •  3.6 million lbs waste•  83 team meetings •  230 lbs wastewater loading•  71 different facilities •  1.6 million kWh •  950,000 therms •  $1.36 million “Having area experts available, like MnTAP, to review a particular issue and then sharing their knowledge and/or recommending appropriate solution(s) is seen as a very positive problem solving approach at the facility.” Greg Waletzko, VP of Manufacturing at Standard Iron’s Mn facilities
  8. 8. Impact: Standard Iron & Wire WorksSauk Centre, Minnesota •  Referred by Minnesota WasteWise •  Focused on paint booth efficiency •  Arranged a tour for staff to visit another successful company •  Made changes to facility to save –  3,900 lbs powder paint ($10,000) –  Less staff time spent handling paint –  3,600 therms ($2,500) –  Better work environment
  9. 9. On-Site Assistance: TeamsOutputs Outcomes•  11 active teams •  735,000 lbs waste•  3 teams started in 2011 •  810,000 lbs wastewater loading •  7.1 million gal water •  2.3 million kWh & 75,600 therms •  $677,000 “MnTAP provided a structure to develop our team and gave us an understanding of how ingredients going down the drain affects loading. After this demonstration, the team realized anything that could be captured in process would greatly impact our BOD loadings.” Mike Hinrichsen, Operations Manager at Kemps Ice Cream
  10. 10. Impact: Kemps Ice CreamRochester, Minnesota •  New team started in 2011 •  Goal: address unexplained high BOD •  Discovered a unused by-product collection system and rebuilt it •  Realized savings after only 7 meetings •  Collection system is saving $72,000 annually in lost product
  11. 11. On-Site Assistance: InternsOutputs•  9 interns•  20 inquiriesRecommendations•  95,000 lbs waste•  24 million gal water•  1.2 million kWh & 123,000 therms•  $900,000 “The beauty of it is (the intern) is focused on one thing.” Jim Trudeau,Facilities and Maintenance Manager at CPP
  12. 12. Impact: Consolidated Precision Prod.Bloomington, Minnesota •  Two interns since 2008 •  Goals: reduce/eliminate SF6 and reduce energy use •  Second intern now full-time employee •  Rolled out SF6 alternative to other facilities in U.S. •  Results of implementation include: –  Reduced SF6 by 36,500 lbs ($250,000) –  Reduced energy use by 1 million kWh and 93,000 therms ($120,000)
  13. 13. Project: Solid Waste in Surgical CentersU.S. EPA Region V2011 Outputs•  Project Partnership with Mayo Clinic to evaluate impact of surgical sterilization containersResults•  Life Cycle Comparison of Disposable vs Reusable•  GHG impact disposable 2X greater than reusable•  Solid waste impact disposable 8X greater than reusable
  14. 14. Project: Event Center Food Waste2011 Outputs•  2 waste sorts U.S. EPA Region V•  Staff and vendor training•  Demonstration trial Waste December 2011 August 2012 Lbs/day % Lbs/day % Trash 90 - 40 25 Recycling Unknown - 49 30 Compost 0 0 74 45Results•  Decreased average daily waste to trash by 55%•  Increased capture of recyclable material by 54%•  Diverted 75% of waste to recycle/reuse streams
  15. 15. Minnesota Materials ExchangeOutputs Other•  41 calls / emails 16% Comm.•  1,200 self-referrals 28%•  79 exchanges Non- Profit Educ.Outcomes 34% Mfg. 7%•  380,000 lbs waste exchanged 10% Gvt 5% “Our school responded to a posting that mentioned various office furniture items. We got four fire proof file cabinets for free. Now our student records are more safe than ever.” Materials Exchange user
  16. 16. Our Reach Site Visits Teams Interns
  17. 17. Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Helping Minnesota businesses implement industry-tailored solutions that maximize resource efficiency, increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent pollution Thank You Laura Babcock lbabcock@umn.edu
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