Thereby, you can realize savings across the entirety of your operation by reducing your need for virgin solvent by 80 percent, commensurately decreasing your disposal and regulatory costs, even though you might be dedicating more funds to “hazardous waste management” (please see sidebar).
Or another way to look at it: if you’re an LQG disposing of 1-million gallons of spent industrial solvent per month, recycling that waste so that you can reuse 80 percent of it will effectively cut your hazardous waste stream to only 200-thousand gallons.
There are significant benefits to solvent recycling
A well-executed chemical solvent recycling program enhances your environmental brand-image, which is no small thing in today’s eco-sensitive political and legal environment. And since the recycled solvents don’t wind up in your waste stream, they’re not counted against your generator status.
Also, you’re less likely to garner a wary eye from the EPA if your hazardous waste generation numbers are going down rather than up, or from state and local agencies, which tend to be more restrictive and litigious about what’s going on in their own backyards.
What if you don’t need or can’t use the recycled solvents?
In the relatively rare cases where recycled solvents cannot be reused, there are hazardous waste management companies that can broker the recovered product for you. Thus, you still realize a monetary benefit relative to the cost of traditional hazardous waste removal.