Recycling Energy in New Ways
Reduction in solid waste volume
A companywide initiative helps us manage all regulated materials
and the hazardous wastes associated with recycling. These programs
- refurbishing and
Managing regulated materials
Regulated materials include
- aerosol cans
- lead acid
- lithium and nickel-cadmium batteries
- fluorescent bulbs
- mercury-containing devices
- solvents and
Example: Discarded aerosol cans previously were sent to
appropriate landfills. Now any remaining content is removed and
sent to landfills and the cans are recycled. This alone has diverted
more than 18,000 aerosol cans from landfills every year.
A new "waste exchange" initiative promises to further
reduce our need to place unneeded products in landfills by offering
them to other FPL facilities that may require them.
Alternatives to storing and/or sending materials
We look for any viable alternative to storing materials or sending
them to a landfill.
Example: Ash generated by fuel combustion was stored on-site
in an ash basin before it was sent to a landfill. Now we remove
this potentially valuable material from our ash basins and process
the material for re-use.
Use the table below to determine what is done with ash.
If the ash...
contains vanadium, a material
used in the production of steel
is sold to steel companies for
is unsuitable for vanadium recovery
may be used as aggregate for brick
and concrete production, as well as in asphalt.
A voluntary clean-up of non-hazardous industrial waste streams
initiated in 1986 has removed 239,000 tons of industrial waste from
13 facilities. This clean-up helped us identify many innovative,
efficient recycling techniques, such as recycling the wastes into
concrete products. Materials that could not be recycled were placed
in appropriate landfills.
As a result of relationships that existed between FPL and other
corporations more than 70 years ago, we are partially responsible
for potential environmental impacts at 6 sites throughout Florida.
We began evaluating and addressing environmental impacts at these
sites in 1996 and have since removed more than
- 56,000 tons of coal-tar-impacted soils and debris
- 6,000 gallons of free product and
- 20,000 gallons of impacted groundwater from 3 sites.
In doing so, we developed a close working relationship with the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which we have maintained
during all phases of these projects. The remaining 3 sites are being