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RE: Acetone use in Beauty/Nail Salons

I had the same question some time ago. The shop generated a larger quantity
so I suggested the possibility of one of the 2.5- 5 gallon capacity solvent
distillation units. However if this shop has only 3 gallons per year
probably would not be economical for them unless they could share it with
other shops.

I know this sounds ridiculously simple but at only 3 gallons per year
couldn't they just filter it through something like cheesecloth, paint
filter or some other simple media to take out the acrylic particles then
recombine the filtered solvent with some new solvent?

I'm not knocking the idea but I really would discourage dumping any of it
down the drain although that may be a legal option.

Other than that the VSQG or Conditionally Exempt Generator Status, whichever
your state calls them, disposal at household hazardous waste collection
facility is probably a very good option.


Phillip (Jack) Annis
Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist
161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6000
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Telephone 414-227-3371
Fax 414-227-3165
Email pannis@facstaff.wisc.edu

-----Original Message-----
From:	owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net] On
Behalf Of Snyder, Mark
Sent:	Monday, June 19, 2000 12:50 PM
To:	'p2tech'
Subject:	Acetone use in Beauty/Nail Salons

I'm curious if anyone has experience with an issue such as described below.
Are there any alternatives to using acetone that anyone knows about?

Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance

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> From: 	Adam Frederick[SMTP:Adam.Frederick@co.washington.mn.us]
> Sent: 	Monday, June 12, 2000 1:57 PM
> Subject: 	Nail Salons
> Two nail salons have approached me over the last week.  Each has a process
for removing two part acrylic nails with acetone.  The acrylic is a two-part
powder and liquid that is mixed to form a liquid material and is then
painted on the customer's nails.  Later, to remove the acrylic, the customer
soaks their nails and finger tips in pure acetone.  The resulting waste is
acetone contaminated with flakes of dissolved acrylic.
> Sewering acetone is allowed in small (droplets) amounts.  The amount
involved at the salon is from > 1/4 to 1/2 cups a customer at most three
customers a week. I have talked to Metropolitan Council Environmental
Services and we have agreed that this may be too large a quantity to sewer.
> These shops are unable to reuse the acetone as a product to remove polish
(my first suggestion) because it is contaminated with the acrylic.  The
quantity generated is around three gallons a year.  One salon is scheduled
to take three gallons to our VSQG collection.
> Has anyone ever licensed a nail salon?  I know that they would fall under
the minimal generator rules but we have not adopted those here at Washington