Frequently Asked Questions

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Why recycle chemicals?

If you can get an equivalent product at a lower price, while simultaneously reducing your hazardous waste generation and being an active steward of the earth’s natural resources, wouldn’t you do it? By recycling with CleanPlanet, you get sustainability without compromise.

What are the safety features?

  • The CleanPlanet chemical recovery systems have undergone rigorous safety tests conducted by a 3rd party laboratory and certified to the government standards for recycling equipment (UL 2208). Our systems are both ETL and CSA approved.
  • Our systems have double redundancy and sometimes triple redundancy on all key safety components.
  • In our operation, safety is job #1. We have been building units without incident for over 18 years.

Are there any regulatory issues associated with this service?

  • Onsite chemical recovery is not subject to RCRA regulations; no RCRA permit is required to utilize this process. However, notification of use may be required in some areas.
  • Our systems produce extremely low emissions (near zero), so an air permit is not required. If you have an existing permit, we will provide you with the emissions information necessary to update this permit.

How good is the recovered chemical?

  • We operate this service in some of the most exacting environments – hospitals, laboratories, aerospace, high-tech manufacturing, etc.. – where chemicals have to be 99.99% pure. In all of these instances, our recycled product is put through extensive testing. In each case, we have passed with flying colors. The chemical from our process is equal to, and sometimes even better than, virgin product.
  • If you are not satisfied with the product we are providing, you have absolutely no obligation and can cancel your service at any time.

How does the process work?

The process is very simple. It utilizes time tested distillation technology.  The breakthrough was marrying distillation with microchip technology. By bringing the distillation process into the modern age, we have been able to apply an age old separation method to a new application.

Are there other people using this type of process?

  • Over the last 18 years we have installed more than 7,000 of these devices across North America.
  • We have customers in almost every industry, utilizing this process in almost every application imaginable.
  • Our customers include companies / institutions such as Siemens, General Electric, Textron, Emerson, Honda, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, the US military, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among many others.

How difficult is this system to operate?

  • We have designed our system to integrate seamlessly into your current waste and chemical management process and to operate with very little user intervention.
  • Depending on the application, your involvement could be as simple as placing a wand in a waste drum after the previous drum has been emptied. In other applications you may need to pump waste into the recovery device and remove a bag of residual once the process has been completed.
  • You don’t have to do anything to the device itself. The device automatically senses the chemical to be recovered and sets its own time, temperature, and power. On many of the devices, you don’t even have to press “start”.

How much electricity does the process consume?

This depends on the type of device and the application, but most systems use the equivalent of two light bulbs per day.

Do we need to make any changes within our facility to operate the unit?

  • These devices are very compact and can be placed almost anywhere. Our most widely used unit is 20 in. wide and 32 in. deep. Our largest standard unit is 72 in. wide and 43 in. deep.
  • Most of our units operate on standard 110 volt power although some of the larger units require 220/240 volt power.

Where can we place the unit?

These devices can be placed almost anywhere. They are certified for use in both hazardous and non-hazardous locations.

What if something goes wrong with the unit?

  • Just call us. It is that simple. We’ll take care of it.
  • You have absolutely no cost associated with maintaining this system.

What if we don’t like the process or the outputted chemical?

There is absolutely no obligation with our service. We get paid on pure, outputted chemical, so if the system is not delivering on this, we are not getting paid and you are not out anything. If you don’t like the service for any reason, you can cancel at any time.

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