Environmental Stewardship

Development of the smart grid and the integration of automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) creates the need to dispose of millions of out-of-date watt hour meters. As utilities replace obsolete or non-functioning gas and water meters, they too, face pressure to maximize asset recovery while being environmentally responsible.

In addition to the moral responsibility to be good stewards of the environment, utilities face increasing scrutiny from environmentalists, federal and state EPA, utility regulators, investors and other stakeholders.  The bottom line for asset recovery departments in utilities may be financial, but increasingly “green business” is not just good business, it is part of a utility’s survival strategy.

ScrapSafe gives utilities necessary documentation to defend their records on environmental stewardship. The ScrapSafe system de-manufactures meters to basic components.  In the process, material such as lead seals, mercury switches and relays, batteries, printed circuit boards and any other hazardous materials are removed and segregated.  These materials and components are manifested to licensed hazmat disposal facilities.  Packaging, such as “egg crates” and other cardboard packing material are bundled and recycled.  Every part and every component of electric, gas and water meters are disposed of and recycled properly.

Early in the process, meter serial numbers are recorded and entered into a proprietary ScrapSafe database.  All meter serial numbers are captured, and those containing hazardous waste are flagged for reporting to the utility.  In the event that the EPA or other party challenges the utility regarding the disposition of hazmat-bearing meters, the ScrapSafe System delivers incontestable accountability.

To see a sample report from a lot of 7,582 meters from one of our utility customers, follow this link to our case study.