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John WhalenJul 12, 2023 2:47:47 PM3 min read

Onsite Solvent Recycling: A Sustainable Industrial Best Practice

Solvents play a pivotal role in various cleaning applications, including parts washing and degreasing, as well as tool and equipment cleaning. However, with the increasing demand for sustainability initiatives, and heightened supply chain costs, running solvents longer before disposal has become a standard practice.

Unfortunately, as solvents are used and reused, they become more contaminated, which impairs the cleaning process, leading to longer cleaning times, and less effective cleaning results. This scenario, in turn, leads to increased costs in both time and manpower. 

Onsite solvent recycling has become an increasingly popular method in industrial processes geared towards reducing the frequent purchase and replacement of solvents. This process involves the recovery of solvents that have been used in various cleaning applications, purifying them and making them available for reuse in the same or different cleaning applications. The practice offers a range of benefits, including cost savings, environmental benefits, improved process efficiency, and compliance with regulatory requirements. 

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Cost Savings 

One of the most significant benefits of on-site solvent recycling is cost savings. By reusing solvents, rather than purchasing new ones, companies can reduce the cost of solvent purchases, which in turn can contribute to significant savings on the bottom line. With onsite recycling, the amount of waste that a company generates reduces automatically, hence saving money on disposal fees. Additionally, solvent recycling provides economic savings as the amount of solvent purchases decrease, which is ideal for any large organization. Get started by estimating how much you can save annually with solvent recycling by using our Return On Investment Calculator. 

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Environmental Benefits 

But the benefits of onsite solvent recycling extend beyond just cost savings. Onsite solvent recycling can also be an environmentally friendly alternative to disposing of hazardous solvents. Instead of disposing of hazardous waste that can then pollute the environment, companies can recycle it and the environmental impact minimized. 

Furthermore, by practicing solvent recycling, companies can reduce their carbon footprint, which is beneficial for the environment. Reducing their waste and employing an environmentally friendly choice can boost a company's public image, generate goodwill among customers and other stakeholders. Therefore, more and more companies are adopting solvent recycling into their operations. With all these advantages, it's easy to see why onsite solvent recycling is a technique that is becoming popular in many industries. 

Improved Operational Efficiency 

Improved operational efficiency is another benefit of recycling solvents on-site. This approach eliminates the time and effort typically required to dispose of used solvents and replace them with new ones. With onsite recycling, industrial operations can benefit from improved process uptime. 

Apart from labor cost savings, onsite solvent recycling can also help companies manage inventories efficiently. At times, purchase orders for solvents can be delayed or even canceled, which can affect the production process. However, an onsite recycling process eliminates such concerns, as it ensures that the company always has a supply of solvent on hand.  

Regulatory Compliance  

Another primary benefit is regulatory compliance. Many regulatory agencies now require manufacturers to comply with environmental regulations for them to operate legally. With strict compliance requirements that often include monitoring, auditing and reporting, adherence to environmental regulations is crucial to avoiding financial penalties and other legal ramifications that can ultimately harm a company’s reputation. By using this process, companies can adequately manage their solvents and reduce the environmental risks experienced due to solvent disposal.  

A Valuable Investment

The benefits of onsite solvent recycling are numerous. For industrial operations, investing in solvent recycling is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment that can help save money, protect the environment, and optimize operational performance. Since 1995, we’ve partnered with industrial manufacturers to become eco-friendlier, meet sustainability objectives, increase production efficiency and lessen the economic impact associated with solvents used for various applications.  

Our industrial solvent recycling equipment has the Underwriters' Laboratories' (UL) marking, which signifies that it meets the most rigorous safety standards. Learn more about our products and applications, and find out which one of our solvent recycling solutions is best for your application. 

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John Whalen

John Whalen is Business Development Representative for the SolvTrue™ Industrial Solvent Recyclers product line at CBG Biotech. John has an unwavering commitment to customer service and extensive industry background.