Re: [Histonet] FDA approved recyclers

From:Rene J Buesa

  I never recycled formalin and let me tell you why:
  in the first place you BUY the neutral (buffered) formalin to avoid exposing yourself and staff to formalin.
  If you recycle it you defeat the whole initial purpose because at the end you will end with formalin that YOU will have to dilute, that YOU will have to neutralize and YOU will end doing what you wanted to avoid in the first place.
  Although it is expensive to dispose of formalin (via a specialized company) it is worth it!
  At least that is how I saw the whole issue and decided NOT to recycle formalin.
  With regards to ethanol I did not recycle it either because it takes TWICE the amount of time to recycle ethanol than to recycle xylene and is cheaper to dilute it and dispose it to the sewer system.
  I only recycled xylene and my B/R recycled was paid off in juts 34 months.
  René J.

Vilma Kvieskaite  wrote:

Maybe do you have some time to answer few questions? Do you use B/R Procycler 9700 for buffered formalin recycling? It is worth? Do you have some problems with this equipment? Do you filtrate formalin before recycling? What filters do you use? How do you make buffered formalin after recycling- maybe do you have special enclosed system for buffer preparation? 


"Mrosla, Tina M" wrote:

We were just informed that some hospitals don't recycle xylene, alcohol, or formalin because solvent recyclers are not approved by the FDA for use in hospitals. Is this true? 
We have a B/R Procycler 9700 that we have been using for 5 years. Does anyone know anything about this recycler and FDA approval?

Tina Mrosla, HTL (ASCP)
St. Joseph's Hospital
Healtheast Care System
fax 232-4543

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