Processing BuildingERC's trucks or outside haulers will pass through a radiation monitor which tests for radio active contaminants. Once the hauler is cleared the truck will go to the staging area for processing. All drivers will be logged in with the trucking manifest. An ERC employee takes a composite sample from the truck to the lab for testing. After lab approval the truck is brought into the pump station for unloading into the correct tank(s) for processing.
After testing the best process for the waste is determined:
The non-hazardous fluids will be pumped into either a pre-treatment tank, oil storage tank or water treatment tank. All fluids are pumped through filters and debris will be filtered out.
Treatable water will go through the process without any pre-treatment into 20k gallon settling tanks then moved to a feed tank (50k gallon). The entire process from unloading, separation and processing will take aprox. 24 hours.
Untreatable or emulsions are irrigated into a Pre-treatment tank. Heat and chemicals are introduced to separate the water and oil then renders the untreatable water into treatable water to go into the treatable water process.
ERC features aproximatly 665,000 gallons of fluid storage in the processing building. The building features containment construction in case of any leaks or spills.
Wastewater TreatmentEnvironmental Recovery Corporation processes non-hazardous industrial waste water. The facility is equipped with a charged neutralization system and incorporates dissolved air floatation units. ERC's facility can handle upwards of 250 gallons per minute and is permitted to take in 110,000 gallons per day.
ERC's industrial wastewater treatment facility is designed in a three stage process. The first process removes oil, grease, dirt and inorganic contaminates. The second stage removes molybdenum and the third stage polishes out the remainder of heavy metals. The facility treats the water to acceptable parameters for discharge to city sewer system. All of the containments from wastewater streams are stabilized and sent to a lined landfill.
Ink and Dye Treatment:In addition to the main wastewater treatment system, ERC operates a treatment system to handle a variety of inks and dyes. These liquids run through ultra filtration system which is able to remove up to 99% of the color.
High Solid Loading:ERC also operates a separate system that implements a plate and frame filter press to handle non-hazardous industrial wastewater with high solid loading.
Everything that is brought to the facility is tested before treatment. Lab technicians will take pre-samples of a perspective waste stream to get a basic idea of how to treat the water and authorize the treatment process. The normal testing time is approximately 30 minutes from the time the truck arrives and a sample is taken with a full analysis. Then the truck will be unloaded for processing. All documents are manifested with copies on hand.
SolidificationERC currently operates four, steel lined in-ground concrete solidification pits with capacities of 6,000 gallons each. Acceptable non-hazardous waste streams for solidification may be at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit and can vary from untreatable ink waste streams to heavy sledges and solids.
Once the non hazardous waste is solidified, it will then be shipped offsite to various PA DEP approved landfills and waste to energy plants. The ERC facility also offers the ability for outside haulers to rinse out trucks and trailers after unloading.
All waste is sampled, profiled and analyzed in accordance with ERC's PA DEP permit prior to offloading. ERC will accept outside profiles as well. The ACT 90 permit is required for all inbound haulers
LabEnvironmental Recovery Corporation maintains a fully operational, Pennsylvania certified lab (#36-01696). ERC completes testing on everything that comes into the facility. Thorough testing is completed for:
ERC testing lab is fully stocked and operates newer equipment to provide the most accurate and reliable results. The lab consists of:
The Environmental Recovery Corporation laboratory staff generates the pre-approval of wastes coming into the facility. After testing is completed, reports are provided for the State ofPennsylvania. ERC is able to provide testing for many different needs of the generator upon request.
Environmental Recovery Corporation LaboratoryStaffed: 5:30am to 10:30pm
The lab will process approximately 70 environmental samples per day and is able to accommodate generators that need quicker turnarounds. The laboratory has gone through extensive updates in the last two years and provides the most current testing services available.
Lab-Pack Services:ERC will go on-site to provide Lab Pack services in a complete turn-key package. This includes: