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Mr. Cary Perket has over 30 years experience in hazardous waste management. Mr. Perket background includes regulatory positions with State of Minnesota and Wisconsin hazardous waste programs, consultant to manufacturers on hazardous waste management, management of superfund and other remediation projects, and the permitting of waste management facilities. He has been involved with every EI Digest report since 1989.
Description:  The EI Digest started coverage of the commercial hazardous waste sector in 1989. The EI Digest FYI is a weekly electronic version of the EI Digest that is focused on the commercial hazardous and "special" waste management in Canada and the United States. The purpose of the EI Digest FYI is to provide ongoing analysis, opinions, and perspective about market trends being done by the Envirobiz Group. This Envirobiz Group effort is being directed by Mr. Cary Perket. Mr. Cary Perket has over 30 years experience in hazardous waste management and has been involved with every EI Digest since 1989.
Background:  The commercial hazardous waste market is segmented into many specialized waste treatment and disposal options such as deep well injection, fuel blending, incineration, waste fuel furnaces and boilers, landfills, metal recovery, solvent recovery, stabilization, and thermal desorbers. These hazardous waste markets share a common original legislative market driver, the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act ("RCRA") passed in 1976. Most of the RCRA hazardous waste markets have common market drivers in the hazardous waste regulations passed under the authority of RCRA, but some also have unique rules pertaining to them due to their technology (e.g. boilers and industrial furnaces) or the type of waste (mercury devices) When the hazardous waste regulations were developed and adopted in the 1980s, the primary focus was waste from manufacturing and remediation sites. Since that time, there has been the emergence of specialty markets for wastes coming from other sources like commercial buildings and even residences. A wide range of terms used for these wastes ranging from generic terms like universal wastes to more specific terms like E-wastes. Some of these wastes are recycled, treated or disposed at the same facilities as are hazardous waste; other wastes are managed at specialized facilities dedicated to specific wastes. The commonality between all of the above is that wastes contain substances that represent a significant threat to the environment.
Scope:  Each monthly FYI is based on a combination of proprietary and public intelligence gathered by The Envirobiz Group. An independent analysis of the topic will be provided so as to provide a sufficient basis for each client to determine the extent to which the situation being analyzed is potentially applicable to their specific markets and situations.
Purpose: These FYI are for executives in the commercial hazardous waste management sector. The purpose is to provide accurate, reliable intelligence to aid their decision-making and to provide an independent, third party analysis of the situation to assist them in making their decision-making about company actions and strategy.
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EI Digest FYI
August 29, 2012 (Actual Sample)

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transparent gifAmount of Waste Shipped to Fuel Blenders 
  We know from discussion that we have with our clients that the majority that purchase our hazardous waste shipping databases are using them for purposes of helping qualify customers for sales purposes. As was illustrated in some of previously EI Digest – FYI, the databases can also be used to evaluate trends as to the overall number of companies needing specific services by North American Industrial Classification Code (NAICS) establishments on a nationwide, regional or state wide basis. The database can also provide insight into the amount of hazardous waste collectively shipped by NAICS establishments in each biennial reporting year. Therefore, similar to what we have demonstrated with comparisons of the number of establishments in 2009 and 2001, it is possible to do comparisons as to the amount of waste shipped in different biennial years. Provided in Table 1 is the amount of hazardous waste collectively shipped by NAICS establishments in 2009 and 2001 on a nationwide basis to fuel blenders. Table 1 provides the data in numerical order of the NAICS code.  
  Table 1 - Amount of Waste Shipped in 2001 and 2009 to Fuel Blenders 
  EI Digest FYI Table 1 
 The same information that is provided in Table 1 is provided in Table 2; the difference being Table 2 is sorted in order of the change in the amount of waste shipped. The data on the amount of waste collectively shipped by various NAICS establishments provides a different perspective of the grass roots changes taking place in the marketplace than provided by just the changes in the number of establishments. (For comparison purposes, we have appended the previous EI Digest FYI with numerical changes to the number of NAICS establishments shipping to this FYI.) 
 Table 2 - Amount of Waste Shipped in 2001 and 2009 to Fuel Blenders 
 EI Digest FYI Table 2 

As is obvious from Table 2, the largest change taking place between 2001 and 2009 is the in the NAICS establishments classified in the three digits constituting chemicals (325) with a net decrease of almost 160 thousand tons. The biggest collective improvement came from NAICS establishments in petroleum and coal products (324).

If one does a comparison between the changes in the number of the establishments (see Table 2 in appended FYI) and amount of waste shipped (see Table 2 in this FYI), it is obvious that numerical changes in the number of NAICS establishments are often not reliable indicators of the changes in the amount shipped.

One obvious reason for this is that the amount produced from various type of NAICS establishment is different; for example, chemical plants usually generate more waste per establishment than retail establishments. However, another more subtle reason is that a small number of very large generators produce the majority of waste being reported shipped.

A caveat that needs to be added to this particular analysis is that the change in the amount of waste shipped to fuel blenders can be result of numerous factors. One of those factors is that hazardous waste to be used as fuel could have been shipped directly to the commercial boiler and industrial furnace rather than an intermediary fuel blender. In addition, the reduced need for hazardous waste fuel in 2009 could have resulted in some shipments being diverted to other waste management alternatives.

Anyone wishing to provide additional comments or information on this topic should send them to EI with the subject line EI Digest – FYI: Amount of Waste Shipped to Fuels Blenders. Envirobiz reserves the right to select which comments get circulated and edit comments as it deems necessary before circulating them on EI Digest FYI.

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About The Envirobiz Group:  The Envirobiz Group Inc. provides market intelligence, market analysis, and strategic assessments regarding the options, challenges, and opportunities for resource conservation and environmental protection in North America. Our practice focuses on the management of resources contained in manufacturing processes residuals and post-consumer discards that can be conserved for beneficial use and/or require management as solid wastes to protect the environment.

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