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WTS Works with Chemical Manufacturers to Find Sustainable Materials Management Opportunities

With an ever-growing manufacturing sector creating products to help meet the needs of more than 7 billion people around the world, the amount of by-products generated in these processes is increasing the need for innovative resource and waste minimization and management strategies.

WTS, Inc., a Responsible Care® Partner company, works with chemical manufacturers to implement management systems that use technologies and chemistry to minimize or eliminate waste and recover value from by-product and waste materials.

  • Beneficial Reuse: Reusing manufacturing by-products in a way that is economically and environmentally beneficial.
  • Natural Resource Preservation: Preserving resources by substituting alternative technologies to expressly continue sustainable use.
  • Energy from Waste: Creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the thermal application of organic by-products.
  • Recycling: Processing by-products into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
  • Resource Reclamation: Reclaiming resources from by-products that can be processed into a product of value.

In 2017, WTS’s collaboration with seven ACC member companies – BASF, Covestro, LANXESS, Lubrizol, PPG, Praxair and Vandemark – helped divert nearly 68 million pounds of manufacturing by-product materials from disposal. Overall, since 2010, WTS has worked with its customers to divert approximately 1 billion pounds of materials from landfill.

By 2020, when the earth's population has expanded to 9 billion people, WTS estimates it will have reached its goal of diverting over 2 billion pounds of by-products from landfill to preserve natural resources and protect the environment.

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American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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