Treatment and recovery of spent solvents

We provide our expertise to industry to guarantee the treatment and recovery of solvents. The aim? Protect people and the environment from the dangers they present.
West Carrolton

Solvents are generally toxic liquid substances. They fall into the category of hazardous waste. Widely present in products used in the pharmaceutical, automotive, cosmetic, coating and cleaning industries, they often present a significant danger to humans and the environment.

A considerable number of precautions is required for their handling and recycling.

Why treating solvents is a delicate operation

With more than a thousand solvents in existence, there are many different uses (degreasers, solvents, strippers, cleaners, etc.), but also associated risks. They can be inhaled, swallowed or enter the body through the skin, pollute the environment, contribute to the greenhouse effect or cause explosions. Solvents are dangerous, but nevertheless valuable, substances. Depending on their properties, they can be recovered and regenerated and become competitive secondary raw materials.
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Our solutions for treating and recovering solvents

By regenerating solvents, Veolia can supply its customers with low-cost, high-quality secondary raw materials. Leveraging its expertise, Veolia guarantees the quality and safety of solvent recovery and regeneration:

  • Provision of containers adapted to requirements
  • Removal by pumping or collection of contaminated solvents in conditioned tanks and transportation with built-in traceability
  • Sample analysis
  • Treatment of spent solvents with, in particular, thin-film evaporators for the separation and recovery of solids and equipment for the distillation and separation of solvents and impurities
  • Recycling or regeneration
  • Return to manufacturers for reuse or sale to third parties


  • You optimize your costs
  • You have access to a secondary raw material of equal quality to virgin material
  • You comply with regulations

What are the benefits for you as an industrial concern?

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Regenerate more than 20,000 metric tons of solvents a year

We manage industrial utilities, and provide production support and occupier services at 15 of the largest Novartis sites in Europe. As part of this, we regenerate over 20,000 metric tons of solvents a year.



Treat 18,000 metric tons of solvents a year

Our subsidiary SPR of SARPI, the European leader in the treatment of hazardous waste, treats 18,000 metric tons of solvents a year, with the car manufacturer Renault as its main customer. This means that 22,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions are avoided each year through the reuse of raw materials.

Azusa, Henderson, Middlesex and West Carrollton

United States of America

Recycling solvents at four specific sites in the United States

With four sites specifically for solvent recycling in the United States (Azusa in California, Henderson in Colorado, Middlesex in New Jersey and West Carrollton in Ohio), and technologies that guarantee the best results, we meet the needs of a large number of professionals: refineries, chemical industries, hospitals, etc.