Dry cleaning chemicals

Perchloroethylene (PERC) dry cleaning solvent and the waste produced from the dry cleaning process are suspected carcinogens and are toxic to the environment.

All dry cleaners have a legal responsibility to protect their staff and the environment from these chemicals.

This brochure describes

  • safe storage, handling and disposal requirements for PERC solvent and PERC waste
  • penalties for illegal disposal of PERC waste

The brochure also explains how dry cleaners can

  • reduce the use of PERC
  • minimise human health and environmental risks
  • find out about alternatives to PERC
  • prepare for and manage spills

The brochure is available in


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