I don’t know if fractional distillation would work, but it would likely be prohibitively expensive and there are safety concerns as well. My recommendation would be to first see if you can reduce the amounts generated, then dispose of the generated wastes by fuel blending.
Peter Ashbrook, Director
Division of Research Safety
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Our university just recently became a large quantity waste generator. We have been trying to find ways to reduce/reuse/recycle. One of our largest wastes is from the organic chemists. The waste in question is hexane/ethyl acetate. Has anyone heard of a way to separate these two and reuse them?
Safety Specilaist 2
Lab Safety Division
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