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Re: Rag Program

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From: Don Eggleston (
Date: Fri Mar 27 1998 - 12:52:38 CST

     If the waste water is going into a sanitary sewer that ends up at a
     waste treatment facility, there will be certain limitations placed on
     the discharge by the local authority. In general, certain contaminants
     may be discharged as long as their concentrations stay within
     regulated limits. Check to see if the laundry has an industrial waste
     water discharge permit, and get a copy of the local sewer use code.
     These documents should identify what can and what can't be discharged
     into the public sewer system. Lastly, if the laundry is discharging
     waste water directly to surface waters such as a river pond or lake,
     they will need a special federal permit which will contain even
     stricter restrictions on contaminants. In summary, it is possible to
     discharge contaminated waste water as long as the proper permits are
     obtained and followed.

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Subject: Rag Program
Author: <> at internet_mail
Date: 3/26/98 8:05 PM

I am looking for some thoughts on a rag reclamation program, where we would
purchase a few months supply and ship out and have them cleaned and returned.
I am in the process of researching this with our current waste company, so
it's not as much as where I do it, but how feasible it is. One of our major
concerns revolves around the fact that we believe that the rag & rug service
we now use washes our solvent rags and the wash ends up in the is that solvent
and all ends up in the sewer!! Is this a normal process for the rag & rug
people? Are they doing the "right" thing, or just looking the other way? Any
thoughts would be appreciated.
We average approx 2500 per week

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