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Dust from industrial laser.

Post by Pete62 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:55 am

Hi Guys. This is my first post and I'm really hoping for some good advice. We have a laser cutting machine cutting mostly mild steel and occasionally stainless steel. It is fitted with a state of the art extraction system which filters out the fine dust and deposits it in a sealed bin. We empty the bin in a safe manner into sealed drums for storage. Problem I have is what to do with the drums. Our scrap dealer won't touch it.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by MWoodman » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:37 am

Sorry, not being helpful, but I am going to follow this post myself.
We also have the same issue and have currently resorted to having it taken by our hazardous waste contactor.
Interested to see how others deal with theirs.
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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by Waterbaby » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:56 pm

Good Evening Pete62

Welcome to the forum and a great opening question ./thumbsup..

An internet search did not enlighten me further so I too will follow replies with interest ./thumbsup..

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by Pete62 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:30 am

I have spent weeks searching for an answer. The only thing sugested is to me is to double bag it and put it in general waste. Not to happy about that as I think it could be classed as a hazardous waste. So as you have done "Waterbaby" I will get it treated as hazardous waste.

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by WillPool » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:55 am

Have you tried talking to a few waste companies?

They may have a solution for you ;)

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by Pete62 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:00 pm

From what I can gather the dust is not clased as hazardous waste. On the AILU - Association of Industrial Laser Users forum,it seems it is just double bagged and put in with genaral waste.

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by MWoodman » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:53 am

Another thing to consider, we are currently delving much further than ever before into DSEAR and have been told that this dust may be explosive which means we would need to ensure it was controlled effectively so as not to be exposed to a source of ignition whilst being removed. I Haven't looked in great detail as yet so not sure how explosive it could be but thought it may be worth a mention.

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Re: Dust from industrial laser.

Post by Elf&Safety » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:45 pm

http://www.wastesupport.co.uk/ewc-codes/

12 WASTES FROM SHAPING AND PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALS AND PLASTICS

EWC Code Description
12 01 02 ferrous metal dust and particles

A waste carrier can take this waste; you just need to find one

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