Recycled solvent

How do Recycled Solvents from Hazardous Waste Compare to Virgin Solvents?

There are often mixed opinions when it comes to the performance of recycled solvents from hazardous waste, in comparison to virgin solvents. 

Some companies experience situations where their operations are halted due to complications in the process, while there are some businesses that swear by recycled solvents and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

In the coatings, kitchen cabinetry, finishing, and millwork industry, for example, recycled solvents like MEK, Toluene, gunwash and lacquer thinner are often used for flushing paint lines, cleaning equipment, and thinning paint. 

It is an important step in the operations of the companies that use them, and, like most organizations, a crucial step that could create a bottleneck if anything was to go wrong. 

Confidence in recycled solvents do vary from person to person and business to business, and it’s important to understand that recycled solvents are not all created equal. 

Recycled solvents are not all created equal

Companies that provide solvent recovery services may engineer their own solvent recovery equipment in house, or perhaps purchase their industrial equipment from a different firm. Operational standards and procedures for solvent recovery from hazardous waste may also differ from company to company. 

As a result, solvent recovery is not as cut and dry as most people think. The quality of the solvent recovery equipment and how it’s operated has a lot to do with the quality of the recycled solvent it produces. 

Test if recycled solvents work for your business

If you are interested in recycling your solvents from hazardous waste, it would be best to conduct a free solvent recovery trial with your company’s hazardous waste – most solvent recovery companies should offer this service. 

By doing a free solvent recovery trial, it will allow you to try virgin-like quality solvents for your operations free of charge in most cases.

Companies that do implement recycled solvents into their process have done so with a reputable company that has a track record of consistently providing virgin like quality solvents, such as Maratek.

Typically done on an exchange program where hazardous solvent waste is picked up and clean recycled solvent is provided. This not only offers significant cost savings, but also reduces a company’s environmental footprint. 

Want to learn more? Maratek is the market leader in solvent recycling and recovery, offering custom solvent recycling and recovery solutions to suit your organization’s specific needs. Contact our team of experts today. We would love to help.