Waste minimization within industry is synonymous with increasing the efficiency of separation systems. Efficiency means both the sharpness of the separation (i.e., how well the components are separated from each other) and the amount of energy required to effect the separation. If separation systems can be made more efficient so that the re-actant and the intermediate in the reactor effluent can be separated and recycled more effectively, this efficiency can reduce waste.
This section discusses the use of schemes that minimize waste from separation and recyling systems and the use of new separation technologies for waste reduction.
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