of the most effective ways of improving productivity and reducing
costs of waste solvent disposal is the use of a solvent recycler.
This equipment can convert dirty cleaning solvent or waste paint
into a reusable product. Recyclers are becoming common in collision
repair facilities resulting in reductions as high as 80% in solvent
purchases. They can save time, money, improve the environment, and
help maintain a clean shop.
is a testimonial from a Canadian shop owner:
1995 a Brantford Ontario automotive repair facility Canadian Auto
Collision has been recycling solvent for a number of years. In the
words of its owner, PJ Hnatiuk:
"Money doesn't grow on trees! Probably one of the quickest
ways to help clean up your hazardous waste storage area, increase
your safety and net real dollars real quick! In other words there's
a very quick ROI (Return On Investment). Each cycle represents 26
litres of dirty contaminated solvent being recycled, subsequently
yielding approximately 21 litres of clean re-useable solvent. An
80% savings! So, if you are purchasing $1000 per month in solvent
cleaners, you can reduce this to $200 a month, saving $9600 per
year! You are not only purchasing less solvent, hauling less waste
off-site, but you are reducing your on site storage needs, and there
are less people around to interrupt day-to-day operations, while
maintaining a safer workplace."
Ministry of Labour in Ontario provides an Engineering Data Sheet
4-16: Solvent Recovery Equipment, that describes a typical solvent
recycler, its operation, location, safety features, ventilation,
electrical requirements, and solvent storage and handling. This
can help provide you with background information before contacting
purchase and disposal fees constitute a major expense for automotive
body shops. An on site solvent recycler is a practical way to decrease
the frequency and the cost for product purchase and waste disposal.
The Iowa Waste Reduction Center has developed a basic cost calculator
to you in determining the cost benefit of purchasing such equipment.
three real benefits to setting up your own solvent recycling still:
1) Since it's
under your control, you won't have to worry about contamination
that might occur with a commercial recycling company
2) You'll save
money on solvent waste disposal costs
3) You'll purchase
less virgin solvent