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 safely collected and disposed of by authorised disposal companies. Certain authorized suppliers offer to take back waste in special safety containers or equivalent closed loop systems. Transport and take back, and recycling of spent solvents require a permit under local waste legislation. It is important that spent solvents and residues are labelled in accordance with EU CLP Regulation, ADR/RID transport regulations, national waste laws and the correct EU waste codes assigned. 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). 

 

Drum recycling/disposal

Drums with remnant solvent should be disposed of 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 sent back to metal recyclers.

 

Further information  on recycling and disposal of solvents can be found here:

Municipal Waste Europe website

The European Solvent Recyler Group (ESRG) website

 

Revision: 02/2018

Angelica Candido joins as ECSA Sector Group Manager

February 2019

This month, Angelica Candido started at Euro Chlor as Sector Group Manager for the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA) and European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) Sector Groups.

Previously Ms. Candido worked as a toxicologist for Penman Consulting, where she managed and coordinated EU chemical registrations under REACH/CLP regulation (and occasionally non-EU) and related tasks. In this role, she coordinated medium/large testing programmes, which included collaborative relationships with clients, research organisations and third parties.

Angelica graduated in Toxicology and Environmental health at Utrecht University, where she focused on endocrine disruptor activities of crude and refined petroleum products.


 

TRI Authorisations granted

September 2018

Trichloroethylene (TRI) can be used safely under controlled conditions. Five authorisations have been granted to BlueCube Germany (a subsidiary of Olin) to continue to produce TRI for specific uses, for example Industrial Parts Cleaning. Customers of this producer can use TRI for these applications under the conditions set by the EU Commission and the defined risk management measures.


 

UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.


 

New Study on Dichloromethane

February 2018

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for Dichloromethane (DCM). The study results have been published end of 2018. The outcome of the study shows that below the threshold there is no risk of cancer formation related to DCM.

The full paper is available here.