Can naphtha solvent be re-used and recycled?

Yes. Naphtha solvent recycling is of critical importance. Solvent Recycling Systems works with paints and coatings companies, petroleum refineries and other facilities that isolate naphthas for reuse.

What is naphtha used for?

Naphtha is a product of the petroleum distillation process. Naptha is a light distillate, meaning it comes off early in the distillation and refining process. While it's used mainly as a paint thinner or a cleaning agent, its other uses include paint and varnish diluents, asphalt diluents, rubber industry solvents, dry-cleaning, cigarette lighters, and portable camping stove and lantern fuels. Naphtha is a more powerful solvent than mineral spirits, so less is needed to thin the same amount of paint. But it also makes paint dry faster and may make it difficult to blend strokes or brush out drips.

What are other names for naphtha solvents?

The use of specialty naphthas has given rise to a number of alternative names, including petroleum spirits, mineral spirits, petroleum ether, varnish makers' and painters' naphtha, white gas or white oil, paraffin, hexanes, benzine and ligroin. Some common uses for naphtha solvents include:

  • Fuels –  Naphtha is used portable camping stoves, lanterns, blowtorches, and lighters. Because of the bright, clean burn, naphtha is used in performance equipment for fire juggling or fire spinning.
  • Feedstock –  Naphtha is used as a feedstock to produce petrochemicals like propylene, pyrolysis gasoline and ethylene. In catalytic reforming, it is used to give rise to reformates for benzene, toluene and xylenes, and for gasoline blending.
  • Industrial Chemical Supplies – Naphthas are cracked until the molecules break apart. The resulting hydrocarbons are used to produce plastics like polypropylene and polyethylene, synthetic fibers like acrylonitrile, and industrial chemicals like glycols. Different kinds of naphthas are also used in shoe polishes and to remove oil from camera aperture blades.

Reduce Naphtha Solvent Waste with IoT-enabled Solvent Recyclers

In the face of growing regulations and EPA reporting rules, many facilities have to look at removing any additional operating costs when it comes to naphtha solvent recycling. Solvent Recycling Systems is unique in that there is no fee for installation, technology, shipping, or training. We offer affordable, on-site naphtha solvent recovery for facilities of all sizes. Whether you need to process solvent wastes with a 1-gallon or 60-gallon still, you'll always be processing to your facility's waste stream. You only pay for the solvents that are recovered from your waste; we also offer lease and single-use options for batch processing requirements. A low- to mid-sized manufacturer should reap the benefits of on-site recycling too. 

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