The EPA lists glycol as a hazardous waste and estimates only 12% of used antifreeze is recycled. Statistics for other industries are not reported, and the vast majority of waste glycol is disposed of without documentation - very likely in a way that damages our environment. GlyEco Techology® transforms this hazardous waste into viable green products. With this patent-pending technology most of this hazardous waste can be cleaned and reused again and again.
Recycling waste glycol conserves a costly limited resource and is safer for the environment.
Glycol is a hazardous waste which ranks #23 on the National Pollutant Inventory Substance Profile. During use, glycols become contaminated with dirt, metals and oils which increase their toxicity and can contaminate soils and natural water. Glycols break down in water over a few days to a couple weeks. Because of this rapid biodegradability, the EPA allows disposal by "release to surface waters". However, when glycols break down in water they deplete oxygen levels, which kills fish and other aquatic life. The immediate effect of exposure to ethylene glycol can mean death for humans, animals, birds, fish & plants.
Protects Children, Animals, Fish and Plants
We think recycling can mitigate potential liability as well as reduce costs and boost public image. Some of the contaminents found in used glycols, such as Cadmium and Lead, are considered very dangerous for our environment. The National Waste Minimization Program has included these contaminents in their 31 Priority Chemicals targeted to be eliminated from our industrial waste. GlyEco Technology™ effectively removes these contaminents from all five industrial glycol waste streams and allows for their proper disposal.
And it Saves Money