Welcome!

Blog Feed Post

EVALUATING SOLVENT RECOVERY & SOLVENT RECYCLING SERVICES

In printing, automotive, manufacturing, electronics and machining industries, solvents of many kinds are used for cleaning and curing. From coating, painting, line flushing, stabilizing and degreasing operations, solvents are essential to effective operations.

Solvent users have a great deal of environmental responsibility. Solvent waste is hazardous and with its use there is a “cradle to grave” responsibility for safe disposal. EPA regulations say that generators of waste are held liable for the waste from the time it is generated at their facility to the time it is disposed of, even if it leaves your custody. The waste hauler and disposal facility ARE NOT liable under EPA law.

This article discusses the various options for solvent disposal and recovery and will help you understand the best options for your specific circumstances.

ADDRESSING SOLVENT WASTE

There are a number of options for solvent waste disposal.

OFF-SITE DISPOSAL

  • Off-site by incineration/destruction
  • Contracting with a Treatment Storage and Disposal facility for recovery

ON-SITE RECOVERY

  • Work with a third party solvent recovery firm
  • Investing in on-site solvent recycling systems

EVALUATING OFF-SITE WASTE DISPOSAL

Off-site disposal methods are best if your waste stream is small and the amount of waste does not justify more in-depth on-site recovery methods.

  1. Off-site disposal is convenient because the waste stream is handled by specialists. However, there are a number of risks associated with using an outside service.
    • Cost: Off-site disposal represents a total loss of solvent as well as transportation costs to the disposal facility.
    • Regulatory concerns: unfortunately, you are liable for every drum of waste that leaves your facilities from cradle-to-grave.
  1. Off-site recovery allows for cost recovery by purchasing reclaimed rather than virgin solvent
    • Cost:  Off-site disposal costs can be high due to transportation requirements and liability concerns. Your storage volume may increase since you will need to store additional drums of solvents to keep your operation running continuously.
    • Quality issues: Reclaimed solvents may be cross-contaminated by other sources.
  2. With mobile solvent recovery, your transportation costs, liability and quality concerns are minimized but still present. However, to protect your operations from downtime, you must maintain a larger inventory of solvents to cover utilization between visits.

EVALUATING ON-SITE SOLVENT RECOVERY OPTIONS

On-site recovery methods are best if your operations generate continuous waste. In these circumstances, you are under regulatory and economic pressure to reduce your waste stream.

Recycling Your Own Solvents

Recycling solvents is an affordable, environmentally effective option and enables recovery of as much as 99% of solvent waste. There are a number of environmental and economic benefits for recycling your own solvents.

  • Reduction in removal and disposal costs
  • Reduced inventory and the associated replacement costs of purchasing new solvents
  • Quality control over the reclaimed solvent
  • Substantial reductions in the waste solvent that leaves your facility and in the liability associated with that solvent
  • EPA compliance

How does on-site solvent recovery work?

Whether doing it yourself or working with an on-site managed solvent recycling service, solvent recycling is accomplished via distillation. A solvent distiller is loaded with waste solution and heated under a vacuum (which lowers the boiling temperature). When the waste solvent boils, it changes from liquid to gas which is then condensed and cooled. The contaminants are left behind and discharged. This discharge effectively reduces your hazardous waste volume by more than 95% – which, in turn, reduces your disposal costs.

IS ON-SITE RECOVERY RIGHT FOR YOU?

When evaluating whether or not on-site recovery is the correct option for your business, it pays to assess the direct cost benefits by asking the following questions:

  • What is the volume of the waste stream? What is the projected volume of the waste stream?
  • What is the current disposal cost? Projected disposal costs?
  • What percentage of the waste stream can be recycled?
  • What does virgin solvent cost with/without recycling?
  • Which solvents/contaminants make up your waste stream?

When evaluating costs, you should also consider your material handling capabilities, internal processes, as well as safety, piping, storage and manpower requirements. It also makes sense to review hazardous operations to understand the risks of the solvent recycling process.

In the end, most facilities see immediate ROI. Recycling just a few drums of solvent waste per week, generates a return of 100% or more.

About Solvent Recycling Systems

At Solvent Recycling Systems, we provide a better and more sustainable model for solvent re-use and recycling. Our equipment is adaptable and durable enough to handle basic to complex manufacturing wastes while remaining easy to use and cost-efficient. Our solvent recovery equipment can recycle 98% of virtually any spent solvent used in a wide variety of applications.

 

The post EVALUATING SOLVENT RECOVERY & SOLVENT RECYCLING SERVICES appeared first on B2B Labs.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Ben Bradley

Known for wearing plaid and sweater vests before they were popular, Ben Bradley is managing director of Macon Raine, Inc. (www.maconraine.com) - a management consulting, marketing and demand generation firm for technology organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and was a member of the undergraduate Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His interests include the intersection of technology and marketing. Because he was never very good at sports and doesn’t have many hobbies, his primary interests include the role of marketing on internal technology adoption, micro-finance, military uses of technology and media, self-organizing networks, network and physical security, collaboration and groupware. He frequently lectures his children on a variety of topics. Bradley was raised in Wheaton, Illinois and currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife, two children and a purebred Latvian Goathound named Stella.

Latest Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
The next XaaS is CICDaaS. Why? Because CICD saves developers a huge amount of time. CD is an especially great option for projects that require multiple and frequent contributions to be integrated. But… securing CICD best practices is an emerging, essential, yet little understood practice for DevOps teams and their Cloud Service Providers. The only way to get CICD to work in a highly secure environment takes collaboration, patience and persistence. Building CICD in the cloud requires rigorous ar...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...