Environmentally Safe Plating with Zero Discharge Recovery™.

The Zero Discharge Recovery™ approach to environmental protection was developed by Plating Resources, Inc. This unique technology recycles chemicals for reuse, thereby, avoiding the need for waste treatment equipment. Zero Discharge Recovery™ provides significant peace of mind by eliminating liabilities, while substantially lowering chemical consumption.

Application of Zero Discharge Recovery™ begins with Phase 2 Systems Engineering, to ensure process compatibility. Segregation of chemicals is used to eliminate any possibility of contamination from mixing.

With Zero Discharge Recovery™, it's what you don't get that counts:

No Waste Treatment

No Hazardous Sludge

No Liquid Discharge

No Drain Connections

Zero Discharge Recovery™ reclaims rinse water and chemicals at 100% efficiency for re-use back into their respective process tanks. This reduces overhead costs, compared to operating a waste treatment system by around 95%. In addition, it eliminates the liability associated with the treating, storing and disposing of hazardous waste products.

Zero Discharge Recovery™ involves all aspects of environmental protection.

Zero Discharge Recovery™ protects all environmental concerns.

Water And Effluent:
Rinsewaters are recycled back to the process tanks for reuse. This process is driven by maximizing evaporation and the use of special recovery rinsing. Filtration is included to maintain bath purity. This greatly reduces operational costing, while avoiding disposal liabilities.

Air And Atmosphere:
Extractor Ventilation Technology uses dry impingement removal devices to avoid the problem of large volume effluents from liquid scrubbers. The Extractor System uses multiple units, in series, to provide high efficiency removal over a broad range spectrum of micron particle sizes. The washdown from these units is plumbed to the Zero Discharge Recovery™ System for reuse.

Land And Subsoil:
Property is protected by the use of both secondary and tertiary containment systems. The secondary containment consists of concrete curbing for shallow tanks or a rigid concrete pit for deeper tanks. Segregation walls are used to avoid mixing of dissimilar chemistries. These are then lined with ChemLock™ to prevent corrosion from liquid contact with the concrete. This lining is seamless and provides leak-proof protection.

Tertiary containment is included as a back-up system. The heavy plastic membrane used provides ultimate protection of the subsoil.

Zero Discharge Recovery™ equipment customized to your systems.


Zero Discharge Recovery™ is easy to operate and inexpensive to maintain. The elimination of sewer connections avoids the requirement for waste treatment entirely.

Zero Discharge vs. Waste Treatment Cost:
The following is an example of a chrome plating line which operates

12 hrs/day,
250 days/year,
producing 20 flite bars/hour

Cost Base/Year Amortized Costs: Waste Treatment Zero Discharge
Waste Treatment Equipment 12,500 -0-
ZDR Equipment -0- 1,150
Engineering -0- 1,250
Drag-Out Losses 41,100 -0-
Treatment Chemicals 19,065 -0-
Dedicated Labor 30,000 1,250
Systems Maintenance 7,400 2,250
Electrical Power 1,728 1,037
Sludge Disposal 39,136 -0-
Water Consumption 36,900 1,845
Liability (Substantial) (Minimal)
Total: 187,829 8,782

*** ZDR Saving: $179,047 per YEAR! ***

Zero Discharge
Dura®, Durachrome®, Micro Tuff®, Chemlock® and Zero Discharge Recovery® are trade names of Plating Resources, Inc. Copyright and all other World Rights Reserved, 1990, 1995, 2012.