[Histonet] recycling

From:"Webb, Dorothy L"

We reycle xylene presently and are looking into recycling alcohol and
formalin, mostly to look for a costs savings.  For those of you in
histoland that recycle those products, how generous are your cost
savings?  I am in doubt as to the fact that you cannot get 100% recycled
alcohol as a byproduct of ones' recycling.  I still will need to
purchase absolute alcohol and that is the majority of alcohol ordered.
Also, are the aldehydes and buffers costly that one needs to replenish
in recycled formalin?  And, has anyone seen any problems with their
processing or staining when using these recycled products or do you find
the same, optimal slide production??  Thanks much for sharing your

Dorothy Webb
Regions Histology Technical Supervisor
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