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RE: Newsprint sludge

Careful of using kitty litter or other disposable absorbents to clean up
oil spills.  The resultant waste (litter and oil) may be a hazardous
waste since you do not plan to recycle it at that point.  You may have
just increased the amount of waste (and made it hazardous).

I have used a sponge and wrung it out into the oil going into recycle.


Steve Hillenbrand
Industrial Waste Reduction Engineer
Synterprise Group, Division of Tennessee Valley Authority
(423) 632-8489; (423) 632-3616 (fax)
TVA IWR HomePage  www.tva.gov/orgs/iwr/iwrhome.htm

>From: 	herrick@admin.njit.edu[SMTP:herrick@admin.njit.edu]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, February 17, 1998 3:24 PM
>To: 	kgashlin@nttc.edu
>Cc: 	p2tech@great-lakes.net
>Subject: 	RE: Newsprint sludge
>The sludge that doesn't make the grade is made up of short fibers and 
>kaolin (clay), which gives the glossy inserts their gloss, in addition to the
>ink to which others have replied.  Marcal Paper was faced with disposing of 
>truckloads of the stuff per day.  They found that it is highly absorbant 
>"kitty litter," but rather than sell it in the pet trade, they went even 
>"greener:" they market it for cleaning up environmental spills.  If you've
>ever used kitty litter to clean up those oil drips in your garage, you know
>effective this is.  
>Bruce Herrick, Ph.D.