About CHWMEG, Inc.

Introduction | Membership | CHWMEG Facts | Objectives | Legal Considerations |


Introduction

CHWMEG, Inc. is a non-profit trade association comprised of manufacturing and other "industrial" companies interested in efficiently managing the waste management aspects of their environmental stewardship programs. Their programs are based upon their potential environmental liability related to the wastes that are inherently generated by their companies' manufacturing processes. Note that member companies always strive to reduce, recycle, or reuse the wastes associated with their operations as a first resort. However, the complete elimination of wastes generated from their operations is not always feasible.

One aspect of CHWMEG, Inc. includes conducting comprehensive, independent reviews of commercial facilities that treat, store, dispose, recycle, or transport waste. Other CHWMEG, Inc. activities include development and delivery of seminars, conferences, and informational documents for distributionto both members and non-members.

The facilities included in the CHWMEG facility review program are selected by the members, and the evaluations are performed according to a standard protocol by independent and experienced environmental firms under contract to CHWMEG, Inc. The cost of the facility review reports are shared by the member companies.


Membership

CHWMEG, Inc.'s membership is comprised of companies representing a number of industrial sectors, including chemical, petroleum, and electronic and other manufacturing sectors. Membership currently includes many Fortune 500 companies. See the trends page for the membership trend and the current number of members in the organization.

Members of CHWMEG, Inc. benefit from activity in the facility review program by realizing significant cost savings through reduced facility review report costs, or by augmenting their in-house waste stewardship program with the information provided by the inexpensive CHWMEG, Inc. facility review reports.

New members can join CHWMEG, Inc. at any time. The cost to join is determined annually by the Board of Directors with input from the membership at large, and represents an equal share of the operating costs of the organization. The membership assessment for 2017 has been established at $2,200 per member (pro-rated quarterly for new members). Corporations with CHWMEG, Inc. memberships may use the facility review report information for all supported corporate facilities and activities (divisions and wholly-owned subsidiaries, and in some cases, joint venture activities).

See the list of current members. To receive a membership agreement, please contact us.


CHWMEG, Inc. Facts

  • Activities include semi-annual meetings and a third-party review program focusing on waste and residue management / processing facilities
  • Member cost for North American facility review reports completed in 2017 are US$875. each, costs to conduct facility review reports averaged approximately US$2,900. -- a net savings for members of over US$2,000. per report!
  • Member cost for non-North American facility review reports completed in 2017 are US$1,600. each, costs to conduct facility review reports averaged approximately US$4,000. -- a net savings for members of nearly US$2,200 per report!
  • See trends for the current number of member companies, representing both large and small organizations in the chemical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, printing and electronic and other manufacturing sectors
  • Thru 2017, CHWMEG will have conducted over 4,350 individual facility reviews of over 1,680 unique facilities in the following locations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Domincian Republic, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, UK-England, UK-Ireland, UK-Scotland, USA, and Vietnam
  • CHWMEG, Inc. report costs are the lowest-cost and highest-value option for obtaining objective and value-added information about waste management facilities
  • Value-added information in CHWMEG, Inc. facility review reports include comparison of facility information against waste industry benchmarks
  • Facility review reports incorporate CHWMEG's proprietary Risk Assessment System (RAS), which quantifies risk information for comparative use by members
  • Members use facility review report information to replace or augment internal company waste management facility review programs
  • Information contained in CHWMEG facility review reports provide comprehensive information necessary to evaluate short and long term liability associated with a facility - environmental, operational, and financial risks included
  • Waste management facility review programs are recognized as "best environmental management practice" by environmental managers, risk managers, and legal counsel, and are incorporated into many initiatives (e.g. American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standards)
  • CHWMEG's standard facility review protocol ensures consistent, high quality information including, but not limited to:
    • Physical/geologic setting
    • Neighboring activities
    • Compliance history
    • Facility design
    • Spill/release/incident history
    • Operational concerns
    • Organizational structure and staffing
    • Financial status
    • Customer approval
    • Waste acceptance procedures
  • Facility review report information augments members' staff requirements for conducting site visits, or significantly reduces the need for contracting reviews
  • Members can affect improvements in environmental aspects of both the supply-chain and product-life cycle by encouraging their suppliers and customers to become participating members -- results are both improvements in environmental management practices and cost reductions along the entire product chain/cycle
  • Membership incentives include credits/reduced costs for member referrals
  • As membership increases the number of facilities addressed have increased and individual report costs have decreased

Objectives

CHWMEG's objectives as generally stated in its Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation include:

  1. assisting companies in assessing and managing environmental risks associated with the third-party management of wastes inherent to their manufacturing activities; and
  2. managing a program to collect and confidentially report individually to member companies environmental management and risk data concerning waste management facilities; and
  3. accomplishing of program activities by pooling member company and organizational resources

Legal Considerations

CHWMEG, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-approved Section 501(c)(6) non-profit association of companies for the purpose of working together to identify and reduce waste generator-borne liabilities associated with third-party waste/residue management and processing activities.

CHWMEG, Inc. was established with careful consideration to legal concerns of the members including antitrust, confidentiality, and potential liability. The Bylaws specifically preclude the organization from lobbying, since the membership inherently represents companies from disparate industries. The corporation has adopted many procedures that are intended to protect individual member companies and the organization collectively. Decisions to use or not to use particular waste management/processing facilities are independent and entirely those of each member company.

An independent administrator is employed to operate CHWMEG, Inc. and to manage all transactions on a confidential basis, thereby assuring that no member is aware of the interests of any other member. Member use of information regarding reviewed facilities is covered in their membership documents and the Bylaws. Except for specific written authorizations, member companies are bound to CHWMEG's confidentiality provisions as part of their membership. Members are precluded from disseminating information received from CHWMEG with employees of any other company.