solvent disposal?

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  1. fleezinator

    fleezinator TDPRI Member

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    What do you all consider some best practices when it comes to disposal of solvents? I've some naphtha rags and some watered down denatured alcohol used to clean my gun. Right now I've put all that stuff in a couple of water filled jars until I know how to best deal with it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Those two solvents evaporate very quickly (the water a little less so) so I just set the rags outside and let them dry.

    The few dozen dead birds lying around the yard are an e-z clean-up with gloves, a shovel & the neighbor's trash can.
     
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    Toss the soaked rags into a bucket of soapy water next time. Dish soap works great. Let them soak, then hand wash and rinse for use again.
     
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    put 'en the sun... thar in Texas they be dry in a few minutes
     
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    It's really only linseed oil soaked rags that need to be soaked in water for safety so that they don't get exposed to air where the oil oxidizes and the heat from the chemical reaction becomes a fire hazard. Your local fire department probably has youtube videos on spontaneous combustion.

    But small amounts of denatured alcohol or naphtha will not be harmful if you just let them evaporate outdoors.
     
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    Can't speak for all cities in Texas, but Ft Worth has a city hazardous waste disposal station for residents. You have to take stuff to them, and I don't know if there are restrictions as to WHAT they accept, but I've taken paint, old gas cans, banned insecticides, etc. They may just dump it in the water supply.....but hey! ....my conscience is clear. ;)
     
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    They also do where I live in California, the incredible disappearing solvent act.
     
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    More than your x-rays will be after drinking that water for years!
     
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    The best way to go for the liquid stuff is to check with your county or borough department of sanitary engineering.

    They will advise you where you can drop off the old solvent so it can be dealt with safely.

    My county is like most others and offers free disposal of what they call household hazardous waste which includes stuff like solvents and paints etc.

    I know that sometimes there is a temptation to "just get rid of it" ;), but that stuff doesn't just "go away" or disappear if it isn't properly handled.

    It either ends up in our drinking water or the air we breathe.

    It's just a matter of common sense to dispose of it responsibly :).



    Good on you @fleezinator for wanting to do the right thing!


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    Thanks everyone for the replies! I looked up my options locally and found that the county does have a household hazardous waste center that accepts this stuff.
     
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