Printech Archive, May, 1999: Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products

Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products

Ted Hughes (
Fri, 7 May 1999 10:18:47 -0400

Speaking with over twenty years experience with the disposal of
Hazardous Wastes, there is very little advantage in being a Small
Quantity Generator. Choosing the right company to properly handle the
waste is not difficult, all of the larger companies will do a good job
and keep you out of trouble.

When so called "safety solvent" are used for wash, how do most companies
dispose of this material? Is it put into drains and into the sewer
system? Except for the costs involved, I would much rater see the
material incinerated.

>From: Brigette Martin[]
>Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 9:08 AM
>Subject: Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products
>Generators of Hazardous Waste need to be mindful of their generator status.
>If acetone is used in a process unsparingly a company may jump from Small to
>Large Quantity and the training, and compliance requirements increase. Not
>to mention, the additional costs of disposing of wastes. Its always a good
>idea to stay away from products that will increase hazardous waste generated.
> Remember the responsibility is that of the generators from cradle to grave
>and if the treatment facility is not doing all that it should, or improperly
>handling waste, it can be a potential future liability of the generator.
>Brigette Martin
>Gulf States Paper Corp.
>>>> Ted Hughes <> 05/06 2:18 PM >>>
>Washing with either Acetone or other alternative products produces waste
>in either case. Most companies that produce hazardous waste that is a
>flammable liquid send the waste to be incinerated, usually through a
>fuel blending program at a cement kiln. Disposal in this manner is not
>unfavorable to the environment. The use of the term "Hazardous Waste"
>sometimes alarms people needlessly.
>>From: Marcia Kinter[]
>>Sent: Thursday, May 06, 1999 2:22 PM
>>Subject: Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products
>>I did not realize my query regarding acetone would generate this type of
>>information -- my initial point appears to be lost -- specifically, since
>>acetone is deslisted as a VOC (and has never been listed as a HAP), is
>>anyone aware of efforts to encourage the use of acetone in the cleaning of
>>equipment, etc. Though I do realize that EPA does not look specifically at
>>the safety ramifications -- acetone is a highly flammable product.
>>Quite honestly, if the regulatory community encourages the use of acetone in
>>lieu of other alternative products, then it is counter to pollution
>>prevention efforts and information generated by both the USEPA and the
>>printing industry.
>>Marci Kinter
>>SGIA International



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