Industry Overview: The Green Clean

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Dry ice blasting is clean and safe


Dry ice does not produce CO2 or add COC2 to the atmosphere and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse effect.
  • Dry ice blasting does not generate secondary waste
  • Dry ice blasting is safe and non-toxic (once pellets impact the surface they dissipate).
  • Dry ice blasting reduces or eliminates employee exposure to (and corporate liability from) the use of dangerous chemical cleaning agents.

Environmentally Responsible

In addition to being clean and safe, it is also important to remember that dry ice is obtained as a byproduct of other industrial processes - i.e. it is made from reclaimed CO2. It does not produce CO2 or add CO2 to the atmosphere and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Dry ice blasting is truly, and completely, environmentally responsible.

Other cleaning methods can be toxic

  • When using solid grit media or water for cleaning hazardous materials, the cleaning medium also becomes hazardous, requiring special handling, disposal and regulatory reporting. Dry ice creates none of these waste stream additions.
  • Sand, soda, or water blasting can create downstream contamination that effects surrounding installations.
  • Soda blasting can kill surrounding vegetation.
  • Chemical and solvent cleaning methods are toxic which creates toxic waste requiring disposal.
  • Workers are exposed to potentially harmful substances through the use of chemicals and solvents.

Using dry ice blasting reduces harmful air emissions and generally creates no addition to the volume of the cleaning process waste stream... in-process machinery can be cleaned on-line, resulting in decreased labor costs and less down-time.

EPA technical fact sheet for TCA hazards and alternatives. EPA 905-F-00-026