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Dry Cleaning: Reasons to Change
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To Reduce Operating Costs and Improve Productivity

Chemical purchase and waste management constitute a large portion of operating costs for dry cleaners. Through more efficient use of raw materials, process and operations improvements, and proper maintenance practices, operation costs can be significantly reduced. Cost-effective measures such as these will allow dry cleaning businesses to increase both profitability and productivity.

To Build or Retain Market Share

Like most businesses, dry cleaners must often develop an advantage in order to operate in a highly competitive market. Environmentally sound businesses are often viewed as partners in the community and are more attractive to area consumers. Therefore, it is not only cost effective to reduce wastes, but this may be key to a positive public image and a competitive edge. Furthermore, some states give tax incentives to companies that buy new equipment to make their dry cleaning operations more environmentally friendly.

To Provide a Safe Business and Work Environment

Many chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process are regulated due to potential for harm to humans and the environment. Limiting use of toxic and hazardous materials in the dry-cleaning process will reduce worker, resident, and customer exposure and have a direct, positive impact on a safe work environment. Improved worker safety translates into better employee relations. Reducing exposure to these chemicals may also lower insurance rates, and reduce hazardous materials training requirements and the need for personal protective equipment or apparel.

To Reduce Costs of Regulatory Burden

By making the most efficient use of chemicals, dry cleaners may reduce liability risks and the amount of paperwork necessary for compliance monitoring. Implementing waste-reduction projects can reduce a company's regulatory exposure, and, in some cases, may eliminate the need for permits, manifesting, monitoring, and reporting.

To Reduced Exposure to Long-term Liability

Companies using hazardous or toxic materials are exposed to greater liability risks. Disposing of hazardous waste from these materials can carry long-term liability for environmental damages if the materials should enter the environment. Reducing or eliminating use of hazardous or toxic materials now eliminates the future liability for disposal.


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Hub Last Updated: 2/26/2013