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Shell Chemical Company, Norco

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Equipment Disposal

Industry: Chemical Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: Solid Waste

Substance: Metal Scrap

Location: Norco LA

No. of employees: Over 500 employees

Contact: P. J. Snyder

Phone: (504) 465-7220


For years Shell Norco routinely scrapped numerous pieces of equipment, parts, and materials that still had useful life while at the same time ordering new items as needs arose. Some employees noticed this great disconnect and the resulting waste of money and time, so they proposed and got management permission for establishing a scrap yard. Now, before anything is scrapped, the yard personnel look it over, keep (and refurbish/repair if possible) what may yet be useful, organize and catalog the materials on computer, and issue the inventory to any Shell Department that asks – at no charge.

P2 Application:

This was more of an innovation in behavior at a very large facility where left hands frequently do not know what the right hands are doing. Employees noticed the terrible waste and proposed the scrap yard idea to management, which accepted.

Environmental Benefits:

Making full use of anything before it has to disposed of (requiring landfill space) or recycled (requiring processing resources) promotes sustainability.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

In its first year, the scrap yard saved Shell over $500,000 in parts, materials, and equipment. Furthermore, much time was saved in construction and repairs compared to waiting for new orders to arrive. Everything is managed, nothing is thrown away - even $11,000 worth of junk materials that had been around since the Shell facility opened were finally collected/sent for metal recycling.

Source: LDEQ

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