Re: Tom Herod's response to printer shop towels...
I understand clearly the concerns over wastewater treatment from
industrial laundries, but to continue to categorically discount all
such processes as "irresponsible" is, well, irresponsible.
Several industrial laundries in our area have invested heavily in
excellent wastewater treatment systems to remove solvents and capture
soil and sludges for appropriate disposal. I'm sure that the same is
true throughout the country. Are there commercial laundries whose
systems are nothing more than large washers? Of course, and printers
should avoid them like the plague, just as they would avoid
fly-by-night hazardous waste transporters.
I don't discount the possibility that dry cleaning, using the most
advanced techniques (dry-to-dry machines with high efficiency) may be
a viable option, even a good one, but it is far from the only one.
Occasional reminders of technical advantages attributable to dry
cleaning may be appropriate; suggestions that we send all available
info to EPA staff assembling data is a good service to everyone
involved. However, I think that sales pitches are an inappropriate
use of the Printech network.