TURI Awards Small Business Grants
TURI recently awarded grants to the following small businesses:
• Belmont Hill Cleaners will replace its dry cleaning machine that uses percholorethylene, a probable human carcinogen, with professional wet cleaning. The small business will also collect cost and performance data to incorporate into a case study and conduct a demonstration for other dry cleaners in Massachusetts.
• Merrimack Ales, a microbrewery in Lowell, is testing the performance of technologies that use safer and less toxic chemicals to clean and sanitize brewery tanks.
• Minuteman Press of Foxboro will replace a lithographic off-set press that uses solvent cleaners with a digital envelope press.
Why Focus on Small Businesses?
Many small manufacturers and businesses use toxic or hazardous materials such as paints, solvents, oils, greases, and inks in their daily operations that can adversely impact human health and the environment. Because small companies are often located near residential centers, and because they sometimes lack the resources to hire staff dedicated to environmental and chemical management, they may pose possible public and occupational health concerns.
Most companies are conscientious about meeting the environmental requirements and properly managing their toxic chemicals. As environmental regulations continue to become more stringent, small businesses and manufacturers are seeking ways to reduce their operating expenses. Community groups and local governments work collaboratively with small businesses to raise awareness and reduce toxic chemical use.
Pollution prevention and toxics use reduction are cost-effective approaches to environmental management and make good business sense. Preventing waste at the source minimizes costs for treatment or disposal. It can also help a company operate more efficiently. Using less toxic materials means a safer environment for employees and neighbors.