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As A Petroleum User, What Should I Do with These Cartridges?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Our process has used petroleum solvent since 1946. Twenty-five years ago, we started using a charcoal filtration system. What is the best and most appropriate way to dispose of the cartridges?
A: In our opinion, the only way to dispose of any type of solvent-related waste is to give it to a licensed hazardous-waste hauler.
Although petroleum wastes may be able to be disposed of at a facility that accepts waste oil, there may be an issue with cross-contamination from solvents or spotting agents present in the waste.
Furthermore, a licensed hazardous-waste hauler will give you a manifest. This is proof that the waste was disposed of legally. This protects the plant owner against any future liability associated with the waste, such as illegal dumping or disposal.

About the author

Alan Spielvogel

National Cleaners Association (NCA)

Technical Director

Alan Spielvogel is technical director of the National Cleaners Association (NCA).

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