Hazardous Metals Reduction Case Studies

These companies have taken steps to eliminate or reduce their use of toxic and hazardous metals.

Hazardous Metals Case Studies A-Z

AlphaGary Corporation

This company, now known as Mexichem Specialty Compounds, reduced its use of lead compounds in its products while producing materials of equivalent or improved quality.


Columbia Manufacturing Inc.

By upgrading the plating equipment and integrating a zero-discharge wastewater treatment system enables the company to recover and reuse 98% of the plating chemistry that would previously have been lost, resulting in a drastic reduction of hazardous waste generation.


Franklin Paint Company

In the past two decades, Franklin Paint has dramatically reduced the use of hazardous chemicals, including heavy metals, in its paint, and improved safety in the workplace. Annual use of approximately 100,000 pounds of lead compounds and 100,000 pounds of chromium compounds has been eliminated.


Hampden Papers, Inc.

Coatings reformulation efforts undertaken by Hampden Papers helped significantly reduce the company’s VOC emissions and zinc levels in wastewater discharge.


The J. M. Perrone Company

Both traditional film processing and plate processing involve hazardous substances, however the CTP system that Perrone is using is completely chemistry-free. By using this technology, Perrone eliminates the use of film and associated toxic materials (film fixer, film developer and plate developer) in the prepress area and creates a safer working environment.


Mike's Auto Body

This auto shop switched to lead-free wheel weights. This change has eliminated the presence of lead wheel weights in the shop and reduced its impact on the environment when it sends cars back out onto the street.


Stainless Steel Coatings, Inc.

Input substitutions in the production process have eliminated the company’s use of hexavalent chromium, a TURA listed Higher Hazard Substance.


V.H. Blackinton & Co.

This metal badges, medals, and service pins manufacturer eliminated bright dipping which resulted in large reductions in copper and zinc in the wastewater and a 90% reduction in cyanide compounds use.

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