Guidance on Recycling & Disposal of Solvents & Packaging
Recycling of Solvents:
Chlorinated solvents are perfectly suited for recycling. Recycling takes place inside modern dry-cleaning and metal cleaning machines where this is an essential part of the cleaning cycle and significantly increases the eco-efficiency of the chlorinated solvents. Used solvent can be externally recycled and re-used, while the residues (dirt, grease etc.) need to be disposed. Spent solvents including residues are safely collected & disposed by certified disposal companies. Certain authorized suppliers offer take back of waste in special safety containers or equivalent closed loop systems. Transport and take back of spent solvents require permit under local waste legislation.
Drum recycling /disposal:
Drums with remnant solvent should be disposed as hazardous waste according to waste regulations or should be sent for reconditioning. It is not recommended to use reconditioned drums for fresh & spent chlorinated solvents.
Empty special safety containers or equivalent containers with closed loop systems will be taken back by the supplier or distributor or approved waste manager. Non-returnable drums have to be empty and free of solvent residues and un-labelled, before they can be send to metal recyclers.
Spent solvents including residues have to be safely collected and then disposed as hazardous waste.
It is important that hazardous waste has to be labelled in accordance with EU CLP Regulation, ADR/RID transport regulations and national waste laws. Classification & labelling of spent solvents depend on the composition and has to be determined on a case by case basis (ask your waste disposer/recycler for support).
Transport and take back of spent solvents require permit under local waste legislation. Certain authorized suppliers offer take back of waste in special safety containers or equivalent closed loop systems.
Further information on recycling and disposal of solvents can be found here:
Municipal Waste Europe website
The European Solvent Recyler Group (ESRG) website
Waste Framework Directive website