Whether you manufacture parts, components or finished products, you probably apply a surface coating to the products. Eventually, you’ll need to safely remove and dispose of the paint sludge that has built up in your paint booth or manufacturing operation.
The most widely used surface coating is paint. Your clients might request paint as a corrosion protection, a decoration or as equipment identification. Maybe you use a solvent based paint or water based paint. Or perhaps you have a powder-coating process.
Regardless of your process you’ll likely have these 3 challenges to overcome:
- First – Is your paint sludge or paint waste hazardous or non-hazardous?
- Second – What disposal or recycling options are available that align with your sustainability goals?
- Third – Who is an experienced, environmental company that can help you profile your paint waste, vacuum pump your e-coat tank, remove your paint sludge, jet your paint lines, clean your paint guns and safely dispose or recycle your paint waste?
Is your paint waste hazardous or non-hazardous?
Depending on your paint application process your paint sludge could be hazardous or non-hazardous. Even if your paint waste isn’t a listed waste, you still might have hazardous paint sludge. If your paint waste meets any of the hazardous characteristics for flammability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity your paint sludge is hazardous.
Recycling options for paint sludge
Hazardous paint waste and paint sludge is commonly recycled in fuel blending and cement kilns. If your paint waste is hazardous, it likely has a BTU value ideal for fuel blending, offsetting the use of fossil fuels to generate energy.
If your paint waste is non-hazardous, you might already be sending the waste to the landfill. What you might not know is that Waste to Energy facilities have been recycling non-hazardous paint waste and paint sludge into electricity and steam, helping to power cities.
Finding an environmental company experienced with paint waste projects
When you decide to shut down production to have your e-coat tank or paint booth cleaned, your paint lines jetted or your paint guns cleaned – you’ll be on a tight deadline to get operations up again. If you miss your deadline, you might not meet your customers’ delivery expectations or worse, you might breach customer contracts.
Because we’ve been helping manufacturing clients perform paint waste removal projects during planned and unplanned production shutdown, we know how important it is to get your project done safely and within your timeline.
It’s likely you’ll need a high pressured water blaster if the paint waste isn’t pumpable. You’ll also need a high-powered vacuum truck and an experienced crew to operate and finish within the scheduled time.
If your project requires confined space entry, you can rest assured that Advanced Waste Services can help you. We’ve performed over 2500 confined space entry cleaning projects and are certified to teach CSE and rescue training.
But before the project even begins we’ll help you characterize your paint waste (hazardous or non-hazardous), complete your project scope, confirm disposal or recycling options and provide you with requested credentials to perform work within your facilities.
To learn more about Advanced Waste Services paint sludge removal and disposal visit our website or call us at 800-842-9792.
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