Recycling and Disposal of Waste
Maximizing the use of a product is essential to obtain the best cost effectiveness and reduce the waste product generated as the result of an activity, in this case cleaning, to a minimum.
Current legislation lays down a five-step hierarchy as the guiding principle for waste prevention and management:
The driving force is to protect the environment and human health by preventing or limiting the impact of waste, reducing the overall impact of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use.
The waste producer or holder must deal with the treatment of waste, either directly or through an agent, public or private. Most solvents are, after use, classified as "hazardous waste" because they display one or more of the properties listed in the Annex of the Waste Framework directive.
For hazardous waste, records shall be preserved for at least three years. Companies or agents engaged in transportation need to keep such records for at least 12 months. The relevant authorities or previous holders can also request documentary evidence that the management operations have been carried out.
Disposal means any operation other than recovery, even where the operation has the reclamation of substances or energy as a secondary consequence.
Solvent Recycling Inside the Cleaning Equipment
Benefits are two-fold: operational expenditure is reduced and third party disposal costs are slashed.