Coming clean on Dry Cleaning Chemicals

Waste Sludge

After collecting your clothes from the Dry Cleaner, have you ever wondered how they are cleaned? How they removed those tough stains? Tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene (PERC), is the predominant chemical solvent used in dry cleaning. PERC is an effective cleaning solvent and is used by most professional dry cleaners because it removes stains and dirt from all common types of fabrics. PERC is also a toxic chemical with both human health and environmental concerns. When PERC is not properly stored, handled or disposed of it can harm our land and water ecosystems.
Furthermore, PERC is listed as a suspected cancer-causing agent by the World Health Organisation’s website.

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What can you do?
Toxfree’s C-Vap process has been specifically designed to deal with perchloroethylene (PERC) wastes. The process results in the recovery of this valuable solvent for reuse.
The C-Vap process utilises a two stage separation system. The first separation stage involves solid liquid separation. This allows the removal of solid and sludgy contaminants such as lint and dirt. The second stage involves purification of the resultant liquid to create a stable reusable product. The wastes generated from the purification process are of high calorific value and suitable for energy recovery.

Services include:
– Collection, transport and recycling of PERC
– Dangerous goods labelling
– Assistance with regulatory compliance
– Exchange pails
– Separator water disposal
– Supply of “Recover” trademark for use

Toxfree is one of Australia’s leading integrated waste management and industrial service provider. Our core values, “Safe, Reliable and Sustainable”, underpin our commitment to offer our customers the safest, most reliable and sustainable waste management solution we can. Call us today on 1300 toxfree.

Sources:
Toxfree Solutions Ltd, United States Environmental Protection Authority, NSW EPA

 

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