When hearing about environmental contamination, it’s typically associated with things like industrial sites and major spills. But dry cleaners, which are a staple of retail centers and can be seen practically anywhere throughout towns and cities, can also be at the center of contamination in communities. According to the EPA, there are upwards of 90,000 former dry cleaning sites that may still be contributing to contamination in communities. Cleaning up dry cleaning solvent that has contaminated groundwater aquifers can end up costing millions of dollars, not to mention put citizens in harm’s way.
Changing dry cleaning processes can be inexpensive and end up helping the surrounding communities when it comes to overall health and safety. By replacing or transferring equipment, dry cleaners can reduce pollution and contamination, and see overall cost savings. Here are some ways in which these marks can be achieved.
Lower Emissions at the Start
When dry cleaning businesses are on the hook for contamination issues, dry cleaners insurance can be used to pay for cleanup, covering the costs that can easily surpass the equity in a retail area. But when dry cleaners insurance is not in place, there can be major financial woes ahead. Dry cleaners can get out ahead of this by stopping contamination at the source.
One way this can be done is to check hoses, couplings, pumps, valves, and gaskets on a regular basis. Look for leaks with a leak detector to help identify any issues. This is a low-cost solution that can end up helping businesses when needing to avoid major problems. Another way to lower emissions is to replace cartridge filters with spin disk filters that can be cleaned easily, even without opening.
Update the Process
Dry cleaners can reduce process vent emissions by putting to use a closed-loop dry-to-dry machine. Adding a carbon absorber can reduce emissions by recovering solvents and keeping them from seeping out to the community. Also, when loading machines, dry cleaner staff should make sure to do so properly and avoid overloading. Overloading reduces the overall effectiveness of solvent recovery equipment. On the flip side, underloading makes less efficient use of the solvent in the system.
Utilize Different Tech
Dry cleaners can help to cut down on contamination by changing the tech they use. Wet cleaning, liquid CO2, and silicone-based cleaning machines can all be installed and replace what’s in use at the moment to reduce emissions. Wet cleaning uses water and detergent to clean clothes, liquid Co2 is non-toxic and doesn’t contribute to air pollution, and silicone-based cleaning machines don’t use VOC and are odorless.
About Irving Weber Associates
At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we understand what it takes to run a successful Dry Cleaner, Coin Operated Laundromat, Linen Supply business, Textile Restoration, or Commercial Launderer, including investing in a comprehensive Insurance Program to ensure that you are financially protected against claims. Our program, Fabricare Advantage™, offers overall business insurance coverages including General Liability, Property, Site Pollution Liability, Boiler & Machinery Equipment Breakdown, Workers’ Compensation, Business Auto, and many more. For a detailed look at how we can help you safeguard your business with a custom-tailored package, please contact our experts today at (800) 243-1811.