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Tyco Fire Protection Products

Year Submitted: 2011

Process: Metal Machining

Industry: Metal Fabrication

Wastes Reduced: Oil Absorbent

Location: Lubbock TX

No. of employees: 200

Contact: Mark Townsend

Phone: 806-472-2451


Tyco Fire Protection Products generates approximately 40,000 lbs. of used absorbent mat annually. The absorbent mat is used to soak up machine cutting fluid and tramp oil spills, leaks and drips generated during the machining of metal parts that . It had also been used to mop up any other liquid spills, leaks and drips. The used material is classified as a hazardous waste because of the lead content in the cutting fluid and oil.

P2 Application:

Tyco Fire Protection Products has made several expenditures in the last few years to eliminate or reduce fluid spills, leaks, and drips. Much of the expenditure was on new machine tools with better fluid handling systems and more effective seals. Additionally, Tyco has implemented tighter control of the use of absorbent mat so that it is not used to absorb water and other non-hazardous waste liquids.

  • Total Cost Savings: $46,500.00
  • Comments: Tyco FPP saw a decrease in raw material (sheet metal) purchased of 40,000 linear feet. The payback period for this project was about 1 month.

Details of Reductions

  • 9,759.0 - lbs of   Spent oil absorbent
    Comments: Estimated volume based on Productivity Ratio (PR) from 2009 to 2010. Annual Waste Summary shows an increase in absorbent disposal for 2010 versus 2009; however, when you factor in the increased productivity using the PR factor, the relative volume of waste is down compared to 2009 waste generation volumes.
Source: TCEQ

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