Alcohol Recycling

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From:Cathy Fragiskatos <FRAGISKA@PATHOLOGY.Lan.McGill.CA> (by way of histonet)
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Dear Histonetters,

Once again, I seek counsel from the great talent out in all the
participating histology labs.

We are testing a recycler for xylene and alcohol at present, and are
satisfied with the quality of xylene that is reprocessed.  Our
problem lies with the recycled alcohol.  Any alcohol that has been
contaminated with xylene or water remains so, even after recycling.
(All dye and formaldehyde residues are successfully removed.)  So my
question to the histonet is as follows:

-To all those who are presently recycling alcohol, what % of
total alcohol is recyclable? (Can we expect to reuse 20%, 40%,
80% etc..)  What are the economies achieved at your institution with
respect to reduced alcohol purchase?

Any information forwarded would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays to all,

Cathy Fragiskatos
Royal Victoria Hospital/ Mc Gill University
Montreal, Quebec

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