Pollution Prevention for the Garment Care and Dry Cleaning Industry
- NEW, March 2020! Safer Alternatives in the Garment Cleaning Industry - The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center has information and links to help garment cleaners with reducing and eliminating chemicals in the shop. A new report, Alternative Spotting Chemicals for the Garment Cleaning Industry analyzed currently available POG spotting formulations for health and environmental characteristics, and guidance for safer alternative ingredients are described for solvents like glycol ethers, glycol ether acetates, and hydrocarbons, surfactants and fragrances. There is also a link to a recorded webinar that can be accessed.
- FAQs for Connecticut Dry Cleaners - Part 1 - (September 2017) - answers to questions on Connecticut's Air & Waste Environmental Regulations and Wastewater Discharge Regulations.
- FAQs for Connecticut Dry Cleaners - Part 2 (January 2018, updated July and Nov 2018) - answers to questions on property transfer environmental issues when buying and selling a dry cleaning business, and preventing pollution by reducing chemicals and risks.
- The Resilient Dry Cleaner power point presentation on how extreme weather events can impact a dry cleaning business and what shop owners can do to protect their business and the environment.
Guides to Wet Cleaning Process, Equipment and Detergents
- Equipment Report: Professional Wet Cleaning, by Sustainable Technology & Policy Program, UCLA - Detailed list of professional wet cleaning washers, dryers, tensioning equipment and biodegradable detergents, including contact information and prices.
- Professional Wet Cleaning Guidebook, prepared by California Air Resources Board - Guidebook for garment care professionals wanting comprehensive information on wet cleaning.
- New England Wet Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers Information, TURI
Report prepared by the Toxic Use Reduction Institute at UMass-Lowell, on wet cleaning equipment and detergents.
- Professional Wet Cleaning Implementation Guide, prepared for New York State by Rochester Institute of Technology - This Guide provides a basic understanding of wet cleaning to help garment care professionals understand the costs and benefits of wet cleaning in order to make decisions about how to implement wet cleaning.
- EPA announced in November 2016, it will evaluate the first 10 chemicals including Tetrachloroethylene or perc under the new chemical safety law, for potential risks to human health and the environment. Congress amended the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016. Under TSCA EPA is now required to evaluate existing chemicals to determine whether they “present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” These chemicals were selected based on their hazard and the public’s potential exposure, as well as other considerations such as persistence and bioaccumulation.
- Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene) is used in consumer products and dry cleaning. It is present in biomonitoring, drinking water, indoor environments, ambient air, groundwater, soil and has high reported releases to the environment. It is probable human carcinogen.
- Other DEEP compliance manuals that may be of interest
Fact Sheet - Alternatives to Perchloroethylene Used in Professional Garment Care, Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI), UMass-Lowell
Assessment of Safer Alternatives to Perchloroethylene - Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI), UMass-Lowell
A number of case studies of dry cleaners that have switched to wet cleaning in Massachusetts, prepared by TURI, UMass-Lowell.
Technology Grant Helps Art’s Cleaners Go Green, Oct. 2011, UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) awarded Art’s Cleaners in Westborough, MA a $17,000 matching grant to purchase wet cleaning equipment that eliminates the use of toxic solvents to clean clothes.
Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the following fact sheets is up-to-date, but there may have been changes in the programs since publication. Please consult with the appropriate DEEP staff listed in the fact sheets for specific program updates.
Garment Care Fact Sheets (all pdf files)
|Green Cleaning||Perchloroethylene Air Emissions|
|Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products (Updated Nov. 2009)||
Remediation Fund (Updated March 2010)
Remediation Fund-Korean (Updated March 2010)
|Lint, Rags and Filters|
|Spill Reporting||Frequently Asked Questions|
|Shop Wastewater||Hazardous Waste Management: Appendix A|
Contact Information (Updated April 2017)
Contact Information-Korean (Updated April 2017)
*For program updates, visit the DEEP Aquifer Protection website
Content Last Updated March 2020