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Re: Cayenne pepper sludge



In the interest of source reduction (pollution prevention), maybe there is 
another way to get the active ingredient out of the cayenne peppers by 
changing the process.  Seems like root cause analysis, brainwriting and 
bubble-up/bubble-down with the employees might be an interesting investment 
of time.  The recycling options (paying back only pennies on the dollar) 
can be considered in this case.  Chapter 4 of the US EPA publication, "An 
Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention," details these methods for 
true pollution prevention.  One of my ideas would be to have the cayenne 
pepper supplier develop a value added business of making this extract and 
using the sludge for compost.  Gee, they could grow mushrooms in that 
compost (as the ZERI organization <http://www.zeri.org> advocates) and 
these mushrooms would be naturally "hot" - who knows!!!!  There may be a 
"pot of gold" for the supplier in some of these ideas.  All of this will 
remain unexplored in the interest of recycling to avoid disposal 
costs.  Why aren't we having fun in the field of pollution prevention 
anymore?  We are just spending too much time being reactive. (smiles)

Bob Pojasek

At 06:10 AM 10/21/2003 -0400, you wrote:


>The request is from a company that uses cayenne pepper in the manufacturing of
>sore muscle rubs.  Olive oil and the cayenne pepper are mixed together for a
>time - then after the pepper infuses the oil the olive oil is strained out.
>This leaves a cayenne pepper sludge as a by-product.  Any ideas for use of 
>this
>by-product to avoid disposal?
>
>Thanks,
>Judy Wlodarczyk
>Environmental Management Specialist
>
>CONNSTEP, Inc.
>1090 Elm St.
>Suite 202
>Rocky Hill, CT  06067
>www.connstep.org
>
>Phone:  860-644-9718
>Fax:       860-529-5001
>Email:    jwlodarc@connstep.org
>
>
>
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