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Reviewed P2 Options
for the
Jewelry - Finishing Process

Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Reviewed Jewelry - Finishing Options

Following are a list of options that have been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. These options have worked at other facilities and may work at yours.


Use Acid Pickle Plater

The acid pickle can be reclaimed using the pickle plater. The plater is used to remove the metals from the acidic solution. Once the copper is plated out from the waste acid pickle the acid pickle can be reused again. The copper may be resold.

Use Evaporation for Acid Pickle

This is an option for small businesses. Acid pickle is evaporated. The dried sludge must be tested using the TCLP method. If testing determines that it is not hazardous, it may be landfilled. If the testing determines that the waste is hazardous, it must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Continually replenish Acid Pickle

As the acid pickle evaporates, more solution is added to the heated pot and it is used continually. This may reduce the effectiveness of the pickle solution over time.

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