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5 Reasons To Recycle Solvents

Q: I’ve heard that a lot of histology labs are recycling their xylene, alcohol and formalin. What are some reasons to recycle solvents? Don’t throw it away! Just clean it! The same is true for used solvents…they are just dirty. Don’t throw them away. Recycling removes the dirt (contaminants) and makes them just like new. […]

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What utilities do I need to operate solvent recycling equipment?

Q: My old recycler needed water and a drain. Do today’s recyclers need a water hook up? No, you don’t need a water hook up or drain. Older solvent recyclers worked great but used condensers cooled by water. Today’s solvent recyclers use condensers cooled by air. So no water or drain is required. Q: Does […]

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How many times can I recycle a solvent?

A well-designed recycler can recycle a solvent forever! Solvent used for tissue processing or staining becomes contaminated with stain, water, fat, protein, wax, and biological materials during use. The recycling process removes these contaminants from the good solvent. Reuse of the solvent is unlimited since it is brought back to the original purity each time […]

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Do filter based solvent recyclers work?

Q: Do filter based recyclers work? Yes and no….mostly no. There are commercial filter recyclers available for alcohol and formalin. There are no filter recyclers for xylene on the market. Alcohol – What does a filter recycler do? With use, the alcohol concentration gradually gets weaker due to water absorbed from the tissue and carry […]

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Can I recycle xylene substitutes?

Q: Our lab wants to switch to xylene substitutes. Can they be recycled? Actually, xylene substitutes are easier to recycle than xylene. Their higher boiling points make it easier to separate from the contaminants. The primary reason for using a xylene substitute is that they have much lower toxicity than xylene. Unfortunately, they are much […]

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How long does a Solvent Recycler last?

Q: How many years will a solvent recycler last before it needs replacing? 10 to 15 years or…Longer. Do you remember your cell phone from 15 years ago? The lifespan of a recycler should be similar to the lifespan of the other equipment in you lab. Think about how long a tissue processer, stainer or […]

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Does a solvent recycler need ventilation?

No, most recyclers do not require special ventilation or a special room. Solvent recyclers are closed systems – no special ventilation needed. Solvent recyclers are closed systems. The distillation process is safely contained inside the all metal recycler. There is no place for the solvent to escape, so no additional ventilation needed. Q: What if […]

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Does Solvent Recycling Make Cents…Dollars?

Q: My boss wants our lab to start recycling solvents. How do I know if it makes financial sense? Solvent recycling saves money! That’s the main driving force for recycling. A common gauge of the cost savings is a payback analysis. This shows how long it will take before a recycler has paid for itself […]

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How do I fill my recycler?

Q: How do I fill my recycler? Most recyclers have more than one way to fill them. You can choose the fill method that fits your lab. Direct fill – One pour and done! Directly filling the boiler is our favorite because it involves the least handling of the waste. If you weren’t recycling you […]

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Recycled Solvent Purity Test

Q: How do I know my recycled solvents are pure? You can use the following quick tests to check the purity of the recycled solvents. Xylene: The Graduated Cylinder Test is a simple way to check xylene for alcohol impurities. Mix together 85 ml or xylene and 15 ml of water. If the water layer […]

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