Paint Waste An Expensive By-Product
Waste streams in body shops are an expensive by-product of painting and maintaining spray gun cleanliness. Waste removal in many cases cost shops anywhere from $300 to $1,200 for each fifty-five gallon drum of waste. At BECCA, we encounter shops having one-two drums of waterborne waste being removed on a monthly basis. This is due to cleaning practices and the number of vehicles painted. Controlling waste streams can be difficult to maintain in many cases, but BECCA’s recommended 3P System addresses reducing waste produced in body shops from cleaning spray guns.
Most body shops will acknowledge that throwing out any waste paint is frowned upon within the industry. OSHA, EPA, or other agencies of the like, will gladly send over a hefty fine to ensure body shops are not trashing liquid paint. With the BECCA 3P System, managing waste paint becomes a much easier process to maintain for painters and more affordable to body shops.
BECCA’s recommended 3P System utilizes H2O Dry as a solution to waste paint and waste generated from waterborne spray gun cleaning processes. H2O Dry works as an absorbent, solidifying paint waste, allowing it to be thrown away in the trash (once tested). Waterborne waste, even though there is no solvent, is still considered a hazardous waste, therefore if testing has not occurred fines could occur in disposal.
With BECCA’s 3P System, we are recommending filtration recycling versus distillation. BECCA’s filtration package can be filtered down to 75 micron or 25 micron. Both providing a cheaper method of recycling solvent and reusing solvent without the cost of purchasing a distillation recycler. Filtration replacements are recommended every 3-6 months and replacement filters cost $119 or $178 depending on filtration package selected. Filtration will significantly reduce hazardous waste generated and solvent being used.
Note: Filters for solvent are still to be discarded as hazardous waste.