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Waste Management Recommendations in the Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center Program
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The Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) was one of the four Energy Analysis & Diagnostic Centers (EADC) that began providing waste management, in addition to energy and demand conservation, assessments in January, 1994. Over 30 of the combined energy and waste assessments have been performed and it is possible to identify some common waste assessment projects. However, this paper focuses on some out of the ordinary recommendations and illustrates that waste management implies more than merely using less hazardous chemicals. These uncommon recommendations may appear to be specific to particular industries, but the waste reduction principle behind them is not. The underlying principle concentrates upon reducing waste management volumes or costs, or managing the production process so that product is not discarded due to contamination or for other reasons, or capturing the waste for use as a byproduct. Specific manufacturing practices, processes, or products are given as illustration, but the waste reduction scenarios are readily adaptable to other processes by employing these underlying principles in the context of different manufacturing activities.
Eggebrecht, J. A.; Heffington, W. M. (1996). Waste Management Recommendations in the Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center Program. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from