How can Solvent Recycling Save Money?

Solvent recycling — also known as “solvent recovery” — is the process of eliminating solvent by taking used solvent and separating it from soils it removes during the cleaning process.

Can solvent recycling save money? This is a question organizations often ask before they invest in a recyclable solvent or a parts washing system that facilitates solvent recycling. The short answer is yes, but many organizations also ask: How can solvent recycling save money? We answer the question below.

Reduces Solvent Purchases

Reusing solvent is like reusing anything else: You don’t have to replace the product until its useful lifespan is over. The number of times a recyclable solvent can be reused and achieve top results depends on the solvent, the soils it removes, and the material it removes them from.

In the best case scenario, a solvent can be reused multiple times, and still deliver the efficacy it displayed during initial use. Over time, using a recyclable solvent instead of a non-recyclable one can eliminate buying drums of solvent that would need to be purchased otherwise.

Reduced Waste Disposal

Some large-scale solvent users purge their solvent trap multiple times a month. More often than not, it isn’t just one or two solvents that fill the receptacle. However, even a single solvent — a large volume of which is used daily and captured in the trap — can be a major contributor to filling the reservoir to capacity.

Even if you only have the option of recycling a single solvent, it could significantly reduce waste disposal cost, depending on the volume of the cleaner that normally enters the trap. This factor should be considered when assessing the return on investment (ROI) for a new solvent, or a new parts washing system that performs solvent recycling.

Reduced Chemical Exposure

If you use solvents that are hazardous to humans and the environment, replace them with solvents that are non-toxic. If that currently isn’t an option, using the solvents in a sealed parts washing system that recycles them internally can be a temporary compromise.

Using hazardous solvents in a closed parts washing system doesn’t replace using an air filtration system in the work area or equipping workers with high-level personal protective equipment (PPE). However, any measure you take to reduce exposure helps save money by reducing the chance of chemical injuries and payouts they involve.

Need Recyclable Solvents?

Can solvent recycling save money? The answer is yes. But first, you need to invest in recyclable solvents and/or the equipment needed to recycle them. After examining your solvent needs and cleaning processes, Ecolink can offer advice on making the right selections.

In addition to supplying a stock solvents and custom solvents, we can provide environmentally preferable replacement solvents for cleaners that contain hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). To get started on selecting eco friendly, recyclable solvents, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact form on our website.





Solvent Disposal: The Financial Benefits of Solvent Recycling

Each year, companies and organizations that use solvent cleaners to perform business-critical cleaning operations produce countless tons of waste solvent. Many of these solvent users dispose of waste solvent in the traditional way: By having it removed and hauled away by a waste solvent disposal company that specializes in taking waste solvent out of circulation.

However, there is another, more cost effective option solvent users can choose: Have waste solvent removed by a company that specializes in solvent recycling — a process that removes solute that pollutes waste solvents by applying distillation and fractionation technologies. Choosing this option over traditional waste removal can have important financial benefits.

Supports “Green” Business
In the age of environmental awareness, a company’s reputation with customers and business partners is partly shaped by the eco friendliness of its business practices. Disposing of waste through solvent recycling benefits a company’s image by making it appear “greener” in the eyes of customers and associates. Today, many people prefer to do business with companies that help to protect the environment, and solvent recycling helps your company do exactly that.

  1. Lowers Waste Disposal Cost

Recycling waste solvent is typically a more cost effective option than permanent disposal because the costs associated with the latter practice are eliminated for the recycler. This means that the recycler can pass on the savings and charge you less for “disposing” of your waste solvent. If you use a large volume of cleaning solvent annually, chances are that your waste disposal bill is relatively robust. Reduce the cost by participating in waste solvent recycling.

  1. Reduces Chemical Emissions

Solvent disposal that focuses on recycling helps reduce chemical emissions in two main ways. First, unlike some permanent solvent disposal procedures, solvent recycling typically involves a low level of emissions. Second, because recycled waste solvent can be reused, the burden on solvent manufacturers to produce more solvent is inherently reduced. The lower the volume of solvents that are produced, the lower the volume of emissions that result from producing them.

  1. Lowers Healthcare Costs

Because solvent recycling is a valuable environmental practice as much as it is a profitable business practice, waste solvent recyclers take great care to remove cleaner from waste traps in a manner that lets no dangerous vapors escape. Because waste solvent is removed on a regular basis, workers can be consistently exposed to vapors that escape from the accessed waste trap. Eliminating the exposure helps to reduce negative health conditions in workers.

  1. Reduces Solvent Purchase

Having waste solvent recycled and “purified” to its original form allows companies to reuse the solvent instead of continually acquiring new solvent. You have already paid for the solvent in your waste trap. Why pay for it again in the form of a new product when you can pay less to recycle and reuse the solvent, with the cleaner delivering the same efficacy as before?

Not surprisingly, solvent disposal recycling helps many companies save thousands a year.

Contact Us to Learn More
For more information about the benefits of performing solvent disposal in the form solvent recycling, contact the solvent experts at Ecolink. We support the solvent recycling process and are happy to answer any questions you may have about recycling your particular solvents. We can also provide you with information about which solvents are easiest to recycle in terms of cost and the duration of the recycling process. Give us a call today at (800) 563-1305.