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Printech Archives, March 1998: Re: Rag Program

Re: Rag Program

Jim Hadley (
Thu, 02 Apr 1998 09:29:19 -0600


Uniservice, a linen service in Lincoln, Nebraska, trucks its print and
auto shop towels to & from Brent Industries (800-741-4568) for
dry-cleaning/solvent recovery. The price per rented rag is about 50%
higher, but printers here find the dry-cleaned rag to have less lint.

Another printer here is considering purchasing on-site recovery
equipment (centrifuge/distillation) from Maratek (www.maratek.com).
However, beware of making an investment in recovery equipment that only
works for 100% VOC cleaning solvents, since you may later find a lower
VOC blanket or roller wash that is acceptable to you.

We have put a fact sheet and list of less volatile balnket wash venders
on our website, comments and additions are welcome.


Jim Hadley, PE
> 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
> Tim


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