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Press Release March 18, 2013
Dry Cleaning Alternatives Summit
Small Business Assistance Program
Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment
More than 150 dry cleaners and related industry professionals braved a winter storm on Saturday, March 9, to participate in the first-ever Denver Dry Cleaning Alternatives Summit & Trade Fair. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment partnered with the dry cleaning industry in providing a unique opportunity for participants from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to learn about the latest developments in alternative solvent and wetcleaning technologies while optimizing their application.
Increasing concerns over perchloroethylene (perc) use and its environmental impact were the impetus behind the event held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Organizers emphasized the importance of using perc responsibly and, when changes are considered and/or equipment needs replacing, what alternatives are available.
“We are moving toward a more sustainable future for Colorado and the dry cleaning industry,” said Joni Canterbury, Small Business Assistance Program with the state health department.” The event allowed participants to talk directly with industry experts and state environmental leaders about how we achieve that goal.”
Exhibitors from around the country (36 booths) displayed the latest equipment, products, chemistry and services. Sponsors of the event included the Small Business Assistance Program of the state health department’s Air Pollution Control Division, the department’s Hazardous Material and Waste Management Division, the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, Rocky Mountain Fabricare Association, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute and GreenEarth Cleaning.
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