Title

Using Waste Minimization at a Gold Electroplating Facility to Save Costs and Increase Profits

Date of Award

8-13-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Timothy Gablehouse

Keywords

electroplating; Electroplating -- Waste disposal; environmental value; material reduction; waste minimization; Waste minimization; waste reduction

Abstract

Virtually every industry generates an unwanted byproduct during the creation of the product. Waste minimization often correlates directly with cost savings through improved process efficiency. There are currently four conventional waste minimization techniques used by all industry to help minimize the generation of wastes and therefore increase profits. These techniques are Process Modification, Inventory Management, Volume Reduction and Product Recovery. Extraordinary Plating is a small electroplating company that appears to be typical of many industrial businesses. Extraordinary Plating complies with current environmental regulations but has not implemented a waste minimization program. Through the use of these basic waste minimization principles, cost effective methods for improving Extraordinary Plating's processes were created.

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