Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common frequently asked questions about our products and services. If your question is not answered or you wish to speak with us, please contact us.
Recycling waste solvents is an environmentally responsible way to reclaim usable chemicals thereby reducing the demand for newly manufactured products. Recycling will significantly reduce your solvent costs and minimize the amount of liquid waste that goes to a licensed disposal facility.
Through our recycling and recovery program called MaraSolve, Maratek Environmental will pick up your waste solvents and bring it to our liquid recycling facility in Bolton, Ontario.
Your solvent is then tested, segregated from other solvents and run as a batch through our solvent distillation technology. The resulting recycled product will be of virgin quality and will be available to you for purchase at a rate lower than your current liquid virgin solvent purchase price.
There are four main steps to Maratek’s recycling and recovery program. Here’s an example for the printing industry:
- Blanket wash is used on the press, generating waste blanket wash for disposal.
- Waste solvent is picked up and taken to the licensed Maratek recycling facility.
- Maratek recycles the waste blanket wash using our Solvent Saver technology.
- Recycled MaraSolve Solvent is delivered back to the Printing company for reuse.
With the price of solvent continuing to rise, the MaraSolve program allows you to eliminate costly increases by purchasing your own recycled solvent back.
Generally yes, however our units often produce dry residual waste instead of wet sludge, which can often be disposed of as regular landfill depending on the location’s regulatory agency. In any case, Maratek takes care of disposal at our licensed facility.
Our equipment produces very low emissions as they are built with all the latest technology to minimize their required energy input. The larger units are also engineered to recover heat from the feedstock, which is used to heat up the distillation vessel. This further reduces the unit’s energy consumption. Maratek equipment uses the latest technology to ensure our processes are energy efficient.
Our specialized line of chemical recycling equipment contains models that are custom engineered to directly suit your solvent recycling needs. These units have options that can help separate more difficult chemical mixtures. To better answer your question contact a Maratek representative and we’ll evaluate your liquid waste and purity requirements.
The recovered solvent is performs equally to virgin solvent. We will recycle a sample of your waste solvent in our facility, to provide you with the exact purity of your recovered solvent. The recovered solvent is designed to be re-used by your facility so that you don’t have to purchase new virgin solvent.
We can successfully recycle water from solvents and alcohols such as glycol. The engineering team utilizes advanced software technologies to map out the ideal recycling process for a given waste composition.
Nitrocellulose is a chemical compound that has the potential to create an exothermic reaction under certain reaction conditions. This means the compound may release very large amounts of heat. It is flammable, and can become unstable at high temperatures where it releases toxic fumes like Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Monoxide. Knowing this, we have engineered an option for all models that makes them Nitrocellulose safe. This option includes features such as autocool, a scraper, a steep conical wall, a vacuum, and advanced temperature controls. These features will successfully and safely separate solvents that include Nitrocellulose.
Solvent recycling separates solvents using the proven process of distillation. The process is initiated by feeding the waste into the distillation vessel that is fitted with a heating jacket of thermal oil. The thermal oil is heated by one or more electric heaters which brings each individual component in the waste solvent to its boiling point. Pure solvent vapors are then channeled to an air cooled condenser, where it cools into its liquid form. It is then directed to the clean solvent collection drums, where it can be reused.
All Maratek Equipment is Metlab Certified for UL2208, UL698A and NFPA496 requiremets, as well as Class 1 Div 1 Group D explosion proof.
We are also CSA certified for being intrinsically safe and non-incendive for hazardous locations.
We are one of the only solvent equipment manufacturers to hold these certifications so always ask to see a copy of the certifications.
MaraSolve is helping JF Moore to dramatically reduce it’s new solvent purchases, and the concept of purchasing back our own recycled waste solvent fits our corporate environmental objectives.
Maratek’s recycled blanket wash has helped Quebecor to stabilize and improve solvent costs without jeopardizing quality.
Excellent customer service!!
We have been working with Maratek now for just over a year and it has been absolutely seamless and professional. We highly recommend their company, products and services. Our day-to-day contact Ray Ongjoco – Regional Sales Manager is always quick to respond to our needs and immediately gets back to us with action at his end. The delivery crew & personnel that we have dealt with to date have always been friendly, responsive and co-operative with all our staff. What more can you ask for? A big “Thank You” to Ray and the Maratek team!
Equipment, Products & Supplies
Maratek is an award-winning industry leader in solvent recycling and recovery. We specialize in the manufacturing of custom and off-the-shelf equipment that can help your organization recover and re-use solvents and save costs. If you are interested in taking solvent recycling into your operation visit our equipment website to learn more.
We also have solvents available to purchase, recycled at our fully licensed facility and processed to a high quality purity, or contact us about purchasing solvent recovery bags for your recycling operations.Recycling Equipment