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What Solvents Can Be Recycled?

Virtually any solvent or volatile chemical, having boiling points between 0°C and 300°C, can be recycled.  Those solvents and chemicals that have boiling points less than 55-60°C require a chiller-condenser, while chemicals having boiling points higher than 155-220°C require vacuum distillation.

Commonly Recycled Solvents

Solvent distillation allows solvents be re-used over and over again in virtually every application.

No matter what industry or laboratory you are in, your solvents and volatile chemicals can be recovered through distillation technology.  In the process, contaminants (resins, pigments, paints, inks, oils, etc.) are separated from the solvent and volatile chemicals.  Recoveries of solvents often approach 99%, and the purities of the recovered solvents often approach 99.9%. 

Acetone * Ethyl Alcohol Methanol Propyl Alcohol
Acetonitrile * Ethylene Glycol Methyl Alcohol Propyl Bromide
Amyl Acetate  Fluorocarbons Methyl Amyl Ketone (MAK) Propylene Carbonate
Amyl Alcohol Formula 66 * Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Tetrachloroethylene
Asahiklin Solvents * Formula 78H * Methyl Isoamyl Ketone (MIAK) Tetrahydrofuran
Butyl Acetate Formula 83 * Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) THF
Butyl Acetate Freon Methylene Chloride Toluene
Butyl Alcohol Heptane Mineral Spirits Toluene Alternative * 
Chloroform Hexane  Naptha TPM
Cyclohexane Isobutyl Acetate N-Methyl Pyrolidone Trichlorethane
Cyclohexanone Isobutyl Alcohol Novec Solvents * Xylene
D-Limonene Isoctane Pentane Xylene Alternative *
Engineered Fluids * Isopropyl Acetate Perchlorethylene
Ethanol Isopropyl Alcohol Polyflush
Ethanolamine Lacquer Thinner Proplyene Dichloride
Ethyl Acetate Limonene Alternative * Proplylene Glycol

For other Xylene Substitutes commonly recycled in Histology Laboratories, click here

Commonly Recycled "Engineered Fluids"

3M™ Novec™ HFE-71DE 3M™ Novec™ HFE-72DE 3M™ Novec™ HFE-7200
3M™ Novec™ HFE-71PA 3M™ Novec™ HFE-7000 3M™ Novec™ HFE-7500
3M™ Novec™ HFE-72DA 3M™ Novec™ HFE-7100 Asahiklin 225 series

Other Solvents Not Listed


Don't see your solvent on this list? Contact us for additional information.

The ability to recycle waste solvent may be limited by the presence of acidic, corrosive and/or explosive components.