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Wet Cleaning

Organization(s) New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Pollution Prevention, Small Business Assistance and Air Toxics programs received a grant from the U.S. EPA Region 2, under the Fiscal Year 2008 Pollution Prevention Grant Program to foster increased use of professional wet cleaning as an alternate to solvent dry cleaning.

Professional wet cleaning has been demonstrated to be a technically viable and commercially feasible substitute for perc dry cleaning. In a study of eight cleaners that switched to professional wet cleaning, the cleaners were able to successfully wet clean the full range of garments that they previously dry cleaned with operating costs that were lower.

The team of programs is currently developing outreach materials and recruiting existing wet cleaning facilities in New Jersey to help demonstrate the wet cleaning process to dry cleaners. A minimum of four demonstration projects are planned to cover different areas of the State.

Wet cleaning equipment manufacturers/suppliers have agreed to provide equipment discounts to cleaners that switch to wet cleaning. Additionally, technical support is being provided by the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell Toxics Use Reduction Institute. The first demonstration project is envisioned for the summer of 2009 with others following in 2009 and 2010.

Project Contact
Name Michael DiGiore
Phone 609-777-0518
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Garment Cleaning
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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