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BASF's Catalyst Recycling Program Awarded for Third Consecutive Year

Baton Rouge, LA— The BASF Geismar site has won a state pollution prevention award for a voluntary program initiated in 2002 that is converting what was once waste into a useful product.

The Pollution Prevention Achievement Award was presented to BASF last week as part of the Governor's Environmental Leadership Awards Program at the state capitol. The award recognizes BASF for its "Aniline Catalyst Recovery" project -- a process that recovers materials used in production at the site.

Hall Bohlinger, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, described the Environmental Leadership Awards Program as "a key catalyst in encouraging the business community to implement projects that improve and protect Louisiana's environment and enhance the quality of life for all Louisiana's citizens."

"Improving on our already strong environmental record is something we continuously work on at BASF," said Otis Hall, vice president and general manager of the BASF Geismar site. "It is a great honor to have our environmental efforts recognized by the state for three years in a row."

The new process recovers the silicon based copper catalyst used in the production of aniline. About 55 metric tons (121,000 pounds) of the catalyst were mechanically separated to remove inefficient small particles that made the catalyst unusable. Previously, a spent charge of catalyst was replaced in its entirety with a charge of new catalyst. Instead, the catalyst is now recycled, with about 90 percent of the catalyst recovered during the process. This new process resulted in a reduction of 50 metric tons (110,000 pounds) of landfill waste. This is equal to the volume of waste a typical family of four produces in four years and would require 30 garbage trucks to haul away.

Aniline is a key material in the production of urethane foams, which are used to manufacture foam used in car and furniture seat cushions. Other uses are in rubber processing chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and dyes and pigments.

 

 

 

 


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