Paint Solvent Recycling
|Auto body shops can save money and reduce pollution by using a paint solvent solvent recycling machine can reduce the volum of paint waste that is sent out for hazardous-waste disposal. At the same time, the machine extracts a mixture of solvents from the paint waste that can be reused in the auto body shop.A paint solvent recycling machine is a simple distillation unit based on the same concept as the equipment used to refine gasoline from crude oil. The extra paint is put into the machine inside a plastic liner, and the machine is closed.||The machine heats the paint until the liquid portion of the paint (the solvents) boils into vapor. The vapor is then cooled, and the solvent sdrip into a separate collection tank. The result of the process is a plastic liner with dried paint powder and a collection tank containing solvents.A paint solvent recycling machine can save auto body shops money in the following ways:||
An example, using real figuires obtained from an auto body shop in Austin, found the following expenditures on a monthly basis (your costs will vary):
Cost of Solvent
Cost of Waste Disposal
Totals $905 (minus) $295 =
Monthly savings –
Annual savings –
For more information, contact the Small Business Assistance Program at (800) 447-2827.
The Small Business Assistance Program is an independent division, separate from enforcement, of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, MC-106, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 7871-3087. Businesses with questions or complaints can call the SBAP on our toll-free hot line at (800) 447-2827 or (512) 239-1066. Internet Address: . All calls are confidential, and the enforcement division of the TNRCC cannot seek information regarding these calls.