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American Airlines

Year Submitted: 2006

Process: Haz waste inventory and storage

Industry: Aircraft Maintenance

Wastes Reduced: solvent, parts washer, paint-related

Location: Fort Worth TX

No. of employees: 500

Contact: Bill O'Neil

Phone: 817/224-0343


Bar coding project was initiated with the idea that if we could track our hazardous waste in more detail this would help us find ways to minimize waste shipped off-base. In 2000 we purchased a bar code scanner and label printer. Bar code labels and a spreadsheet program to upload data were created. We started with a weekly inventory and then went to daily inspections of satellite areas. By 2001 we were identifying excessive hazardous waste areas and began to reduce waste.

P2 Application:

After shopping around for an off-the-shelf bar code program for hazardous waste inventory and tracking, we found the $15,000 price tag to be cost prohibitive. The bar code project currently being used was designed by one of the Industrial wastewater operators, is easy to use, and not only tracks inventory and quantity of a product, but also tracks timelines and alarms technicians of time limits. The total cost of this project was only $2,000.

  • Total Cost Savings: $229,813.00
  • Comments: Cost of project $2,000. Weekly inventory man-hours taking up to 2 hours were cut to less than 30 minutes. A significant savings in disposal costs and raw materials purchased. Paint solvent savings on shipping and handling (2000-2005)= $32,506.07 Paint solvent savings of raw product purchased (2000-2005)= $83,348.89 Solid haz savings on shipping and handling (2000-2005)= $33,451.60 Blast media savings on shipping and handling (2000-2005)= $32,930.17 Blast media savings of raw product purchased (2000-2005)= $35,876.55 Savings in inventroy man hours (2000-2005)= $11,700.00 Total Savings (2000-2005)= $229,813.27

Details of Reductions

  • 75,014.0 - Pounds of   Paint Solvent
    Comments: Hazardous waste has been reduced by 50% since 2000.
  • 51,464.0 - Pounds of   Solid Haz
  • 51,995.0 - Pounds of   Blast Media
Source: TCEQ

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