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Saving Money with On Site Solvent Recycling Systems

Saving Money with On Site Solvent Recycling Systems

Industries involved in repair and refurbishing of equipment such as auto body, collision repair and other manufactures in metalworking, furniture and cabinet making often produce large amounts of hazardous waste that must then be disposed of. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on recycling and storage of hazardous waste that goes into effect in July could affect all of those industries. The rule will add new rules and requirements for companies that have been storing spent solvents on-site.

Solvent and/or paint thinner is considered the largest hazardous waste stream in auto body and collision repair and furniture manufacturing industries, however up to 97% or more of this waste can be recovered and re-used through an on-site solvent recycling system.

Solvent and paint thinner waste is usually created during the cleaning of paint/coating spray guns using either a manual or enclosed spray gun cleaning system. An on-site solvent recycling system can save a business significant savings through reduction in waste disposal and transportation costs.

Solvent Recycler SR -30 Series, for recycling paint thinner, paint solvents

Solvent Recycler SR -30 Series

Solvent recycling systems work by distilling waste solvent/paint thinner to separate the re-usable solvent from the waste paint or coatings. An on-site recycling system such as the International Surface Technologies (IST) SR-Series product line of solvent recyclers can reduce a batch of solvent waste by up to 95%, separating the mixture into a clean, re-usable solvent and leaving a “puck” of sludge/solid waste that can be much more easily and cheaply disposed of. By removing the liquid and leaving a solid waste product, businesses can reduce regulatory requirements and future liability while saving money. The IST SR Series recycles most popular solvents, including mineral spirit, flexo & litho solvents. The SR-Series are Available in sizes 8, 16, 32 and 48 gallon with vacuum. Sizing the right recycler for your business is https://www.gulftech.us/solvent-recycling-systems/based on the amount of solvent produced per day/week.

IST and their local representatives offer a cost savings analysis of your existing process to help you determine whether a solvent recycling system is right for you. By looking at the number of weeks per year of operation, amount of solvent purchases and cost of disposal per gallon of waste, they will provide a Return on Investment Analysis. A business that invests in an SR-Series Recycler could potentially recoup their investment in as little as 4 to 12 months while enabling them to recycle all cleaning solvents, reduce solvent purchases by 90% and waste disposal cost by 95%.

Industries Served: General manufacturing – Aerospace and aviation (MRO) – Marine – Automotive – Petroleum Flexography – Lithography – Wood finishing – Power & energy – Pharmaceutical

Contact Gulftech Enterprises, Authorized IST Dealer for information and Pricing: 727-469-8773 Twerner@gulftechsales.com : ron@gulftechsales.com

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New EPA Requirements on Disposal and Recycling of Solvents

New EPA Requirements on Disposal and Recycling of Solvents

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Writer

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on recycling of hazardous waste will affect many manufacturing sectors, including metalworking. The rule goes into effect in July. It is likely to add some regulatory hoops to jump through for companies that have been storing spent solvents on-site maybe with the thought of recycling, landfilling, or incinerating them.

However, the new rule does not affect the recycling of scrap metal. That has been subject to an exclusion from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, meaning it has never been considered a “hazardous secondary material” and can therefore be sent off for recycling with very few restrictions.

Going forward, the same will not be true for solvents, spent oil, and other substances that are considered hazardous secondary materials. Companies that want to continue to accumulate hazardous materials on-site will need to get state or federal permits. Those that send the materials off-site will have to comply with new recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

The EPA has been concerned for a decade about solvents and other hazardous materials being land-filled, perhaps creating a Superfund site down the road. The agency started the rule making process to address this subject all the way back in 2003, but the effort was sidetracked by lawsuits, additional studies, and various rule makings that went nowhere.

In 2011 the EPA proposed ending its transfer exclusion, which had been in place to shield many
hazardous secondary materials from being defined as solid waste. Many industrial sectors erupted in
anger.

For metal manufacturers that do want to continue to accumulate waste on-site, the final rule offers
a new option called the Certified Recycling Facility, which comes with considerable record keeping, storage requirements, spill prevention, financial assurance, worker training, and notification requirements. Under the new Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule, manufacturers can register as a Certified Recycling Facility with either the EPA or the state Solid Waste Agency. Facilities that successfully certify under the new rule can stockpile hazardous secondary materials such as solvents and oil. While this may be attractive to some, most facilities may choose to avoid the regulatory commitments that come with being registered as Certified Recycling Facility and opt for the generator option under the new rule, according to Phillip Retallick, senior vice president, compliance and regulatory affairs, Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. Retallick worked for the EPA for 10 years, then as director of the Delaware Solid and Hazardous Waste Program before joining the private sector.

The EPA has been concerned for a decade about solvents and other hazardous materials being land filled.

Retallick said, “The final rule allows fabricators the option to register as a generator with the authorized state environmental program or the EPA, if a state opts not to promulgate the new rule. This option allows the company to collect and store hazardous wastes designated for recycling as long as the yard meets some requirements, such as notifying either the state or the EPA that the yard is a generator subject to the rule … maintaining records of the amount of secondary hazardous waste collected and stored on-site, keeping documentation showing the amount and description of the secondary hazardous materials sent off-site for recycling, and notifying local emergency response officials where the accumulated secondary hazardous wastes are being stored on-site at the salvage yard.

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