Our Sustainability Solutions

Solvent Recycling

We offer a full range of solvent recycling options, including where the product is recycled to our high quality specifications and made available for sale. Our tolling programs provide a closed-loop cycle in which the customer’s spent solvents are recycled to their precise specifications and returned directly to them.

Chemical Recycling & Reuse Program

Our chemical recycling and reuse program provides a comprehensive step-by-step approach that evaluates customers’ R&D and manufacturing operations and pursues opportunities for waste reuse, recycling, or reclamation. Whether a waste stream is sold “as is,” recycled, or reused, the impact on the environment is minimized.

Used Oil Re‐Refining

As the largest re-refiner of used oil in the world, every year Safety-Kleen returns more than 135 million gallons of used oil to the marketplace as clean, pure motor oil and associated by-products. Over the past 30 years, we have re-refined over 3 billion gallons of used oil, eliminated more than 23.3 million metric tons of potential greenhouse gas (GHG); the equivalent of growing 600 million trees for 10 years in an urban environment, or taking over 4.4 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Click here to learn more about Safety-Kleen Oil Solutions

Emergency Services

From natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, to the events of 9/11 and the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Clean Harbors has deployed a vast array of assets to help reduce the environmental impact and clean up from the devastation. The organization responds to as many as 6,000 emergencies in a given year, including oil spills , hazardous waste events, and clean-ups from the hurricane and tornadoes.

Other Services & Processes

Some of Clean Harbors other services include ozone depleting substance destruction, fuel blending, universal waste management (Light bulbs, batteries, pesticides, etc.) electronic, and obsolete equipment disposal and household hazardous waste management.

Where possible waste processes are used that incorporate the reuse of incoming waste streams, recycled products, or manufacturing byproducts to offset the need for new or virgin materials. Examples of this include such things as the utilization of residual paper in the solidification process of wastewater sludge or using by-products from mining activities as stabilization media for company landfills.

These are just some of the processes we use to support more sustainable solutions. Coupled with our full line of customer solutions, our methodologies serve as the foundation for expanding sustainability and supporting company growth.

Corporate Initiatives

Energy, Water and GHG Reduction Projects

Clean Harbors has launched a comprehensive resource consumption and GHG footprint initiative. The inventory from the project will complement our current energy conservation efforts across the company and will serve as the benchmark for our efforts moving forward. Additionally, recycling programs are being piloted for materials that are applicable to each type of facility. This includes such things as cardboard/paper, glass, aluminum, metal, wood pallets, used drums and ink cartridges.

Supply Chain Monitoring Program

To better manage risk and drive integrity throughout our supply chain, we will be implementing a comprehensive supply chain monitoring program. The system, along with additional processes and procedures in our Purchasing function, will enable responsible sourcing through our vendors, further engage suppliers and communicate best practices. We will have verifiable performance data that will be used to evaluate supplier performance and alert us to areas of risk.

Corporate Policy Harmonization

We have initiated a comprehensive review and refresh of corporate policies to ensure that they reflect our commitment to sustainability, including:

  • Supplier Assessment
  • Labor Practices and Human Rights
  • Conflict Minerals

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