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Mastermelt America Welcomed Into TDEC's Green Star Partnership

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 12:05pm

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has welcomed Mastermelt America of Sweetwater as the newest member of the Tennessee Green Star Partnership.

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is an environmental leadership program that recognizes manufacturers across the state committed to sustainability and exhibiting continuous improvement in their operations.

Mastermelt America LLC is one of the largest precious metals processors in the United States and is part of the Mastermelt Group of Companies, a global consortium. Mastermelt processes precious metals and super alloy materials for the purpose of reintroducing those items back into the marketplace. This avoids the use of virgin or raw materials.

“We are pleased to welcome Mastermelt America into the Tennessee Green Star Partnership,” Kendra Abkowitz, director of TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices, said. “From electronics, to plating, to bulk chemical processing, Mastermelt displays wide expertise, and it is making an environmental impact by reducing landfill waste and preserving resources. We are fortunate to have this company in Tennessee.”

“Like most industries the need for ever stricter controls on emissions to air and water have necessitated heavy investment in abatement controls. Mastermelt America is proud of its record of investment in plant and controls to meet and exceed current and future planned environmental legislation,” Larry Blue, plant manager, said. 

The facility in Sweetwater has made significant commitments to sustainability across its operations. It has recovered over 5 million pounds of special metals in the last year alone. In addition to recovering material at its site it continues to help companies recover valuable assets that may have otherwise ended up in landfills or been used as scrap metal. Mastermelt also has a commitment to be a zero discharge facility of wastewater.

The company processes byproducts of other operations rather than processing virgin materials. It has 15 thermal reduction units, which are used to thermally oxidize waste in the plant in order to recover metals. There is no hazardous waste on the site. Environmental excellence is part of the planning and budgeting of the facility. The company aids customers in environmental compliance and impact.

To become a member of the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, a manufacturer must operate under an ISO 14001 certification, a voluntary environmental management standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, and/or an environmental management system that conforms to ISO 14001, and must have a minimum of three years of exceptional environmental compliance with TDEC.

For more information about TDEC’s Green Star Partnership program, visit this site.