Category Archives: Solvent Recycling

Cortec Corrosion Inhibitor Bags

Cortec Corrosion Inhibitor Bags are Fully Biodegradable For the utmost product rust protection during storage and domestic and overseas shipments, Solvent Recycling Systems uses certified biodegradable corrosion inhibiting film using Cortec's Eco-Corr®, which contains VpCI technology. As the first and only certified biodegradable corrosion inhibiting film on the market, Cortec’s proprietary VpCI technology provides excellent contact,…
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Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Part II: Acetone Shortage

The petrochemical industry was severely impacted when Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf in August. In the wake of that disaster, we're now left to pick up the pieces and assess the extent of the damage throughout the region—including rising costs solvents like acetone. Here's what we're finding out, and how Solvent Recycling Systems can help:…
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Where can I find a MEK solvent alternative?

What is MEK solvent? Looking for a MEK solvent alternative? It's important to first understand its chemical properties. MEK solvent is 100% pure butanone, or MEK, short for Methyl Ethyl Ketone, is a solvent for thinning specified coatings – particularly gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings, and vinyl films. MEK is widely used in industrial manufacturing applications, for example in the…
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Can I recycle mineral spirits for cleaning transmission parts?

Yes. Solvent Recycling Systems can recycle mineral spirits for cleaning transmission parts by using both on-site and off-site distillation systems that can be connected to a parts washer (available for purchase here). You can then process dirty solvent into new, recycled solvent. The systems are optimized to your exact solvent waste, meaning you only recycle to your…
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How Do I Recycle Mineral Spirits Klean Strips?

Whether you’re working with paint, varnish, stain or epoxy, mineral spirits Klean Strips are an excellent line of solvents and thinners for project clean-up, allowing you to work faster and perform better. But did you know that these solvents and paint thinners can be recycled and reused on-site in your facility, over and over, resulting…
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How to Determine Your Hazardous Waste Generator Status

In the following post, we'll explain how to determine your hazardous waste generator status by calculating the amount of spent solvent that should be counted towards the amount of hazardous waste generated in a month, as governed by the EPA. (see pdf link below). The EPA regulates hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to ensure…
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5 Things to Know Before Buying a Parts Washer

The following information includes tips, best practices, and statutory and regulatory requirements found in the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code, which will help to guide you in buying a parts washer. 1. Know your parts washer options Parts washers are commonly used in manufacturing or maintenance operations to…
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Which of the following is not considered a hazardous waste?

5 Step Guide to Determining if your Solid Waste Becomes a Hazardous Waste Under The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which governs the proper management of hazardous waste and non-hazardous solid waste under the EPA, a solvent must first be classified as a solid waste before it can be considered a “hazardous waste.” Under RCRA, the…
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Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Why Solvent Recycling is Mission Critical

Hurricane Harvey wiped away 40% of the nation's supply of ethylene, arguably the world's most important petrochemical. Solvent recycling is needed now more than ever. A once-in-a-1,000-year flood across the Gulf of Mexico is proving to have ramifications on the entire world. Before Hurricane Harvey began its destructive path through Texas and Louisiana, ethylene, a…
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Affordable MEK solvent recycling

What is MEK solvent? 100% pure butanone, or MEK, short for Methyl Ethyl Ketone, is a solvent for thinning specified coatings – particularly gums, resins, cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose coatings, and vinyl films. MEK is widely used in industrial manufacturing applications, for example in the manufacture of plastics, textiles, and paraffin wax. It can be utilized as a plastic bonding agent that…
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