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Newsletter - Chemistry - Jan 27, 2016


Jan 27, 2016     Please FORWARD to a friend or colleague.     SUBSCRIBE

re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) - byproducts and waste that have value "as is" to a second, unrelated industry.  LEARN MORE ABOUT US>>
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Off-Spec Soap.  "Most hot mix asphalt producers use some sort of 'release agent'.  The largest volume of use is to coat truck beds prior to loading, to minimize the amount of hot mix asphalt that sticks to the interior truck bed and end apron.  Our company switched to a soap-based material as the truck bed release agent several years ago.  It is an off-spec product that we get so as to keep the soap company from sending it to a landfill." - John

Q: #1: Like with this asphalt company and the soap, do you have another example of where you've "repurposed" chemistry from an unlikely source to solve a problem?  Email Ideas>>

Q: #2: Do you have liquids/ chemistry, products, ingredients, etc...that you'd like to keep out of the landfill or not send out for hazardous waste?  Email Details>>
Aviation Paint.  "I do have a lot of aviation paint that has reached its shelf life but it is usable in other industries.  I'd like to not have to pay to send this out as hazardous waste.  The paints are PPG and other similar manufacturers. The colors all depends on the airline we are painting for at the time.  They have never been opened and usually in the same original box." - Patrick

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "We use expired aircraft paint for our old heavy construction and farm equipment. It holds up much better than the commercially available 'equipment paint' stuff. And we don't mind unusual colors
." - Bill

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "This out-of-date aviation paint makes a great floor paint - shiny and durable, will stick pretty well with some basic prep." - Roger
repurposedNEWS.  "Damon, your story about 'repurposing' chemistry in Chemical & Engineering News got picked up by Scientific American magazine.  Yay!" - Melody  Read Article>>

Tapioca Starch.  We have 40,000 lbs of starch that a cosmetic company didn't want.  L: Atl  Email Us for MSDS and Certificate of Analysis>>

testRESULTS:  One of our vodka distillery customers tested it for sugar and alcohol potential and emailed us the following:  "We ran a baseline gravity test on 1lb of the starch tonight. It yielded 60 ppg (or 1.060 specific gravity). That’s an EXCELLENT value. To compare that to other cereal grains, corn/maize is considered to be a very high-yield grain at 35-38 ppg (1.035-1.038 specific gravity). So the starch potentially has an approximate 60% greater yield than corn." - Mark Allen

Q: With this high sugar content, what else could this starch be used for?  Email Ideas>>

Surplus Paint.  We got a bunch of surplus indoor/outdoor, latex paint from a multi project job.  Best of all...the paint is white  Email for MSDS and Details>>  **TRUCKLOAD PRICING AVAILABLE

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "You should sell that surplus paint to a small coatings company.  They'll add elastomer to it and mark it up big time when they sell it their customers as 'elastomeric paint'. " - Dan
(depackaging, decanning, etc..)
de-packagingINQUIRY:  "Hi Damon, Can you give me some insight on your depackaging operations? We are looking at a laundry powder that is currently retail packaged (boxes) and would like to know how much it might cost to have the boxes emptied into supersacks.  There are approx. 90K boxes." - Parm

RE: Parm,
Please send pictures of the boxes and location of the product so we can quote you.  Do you want the product back?  Or, should we handle the product?