With that reputation, customers approached Katec seeking a method to facilitate safe, low-cost handling of their aerosol cans. Without an available solution, Katec developed the solution. That solution is Aerosolv.
Katec began manufacturing the Aerosolv aerosol can recycling system in 1991 to immediate success. That year, the U.S. Military and companies nationwide avidly became the first adopters of the technology. To guarantee customer safety, Katec voluntarily submitted the Aerosolv system for the vigorous testing and high standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In December 1999 the joint U.S. EPA and California EPA Environmental Technology Verification and Certification Program certified Aerosolv for its safety and effectiveness. Today it remains the only aerosol can recycling system to receive such certification.
“We have used Katec's Aerosolv machine in our household hazardous waste program with no operational issues. It has fulfilled our hopes in reducing the very high cost of processing aerosol cans which had afflicted our program in earlier years* „
As more and more companies used the Aerosolv system and reported their successes, they expressed a similar need for a method to dispose of their propane cylinders. In 1998 Katec began manufacturing the ProSolv propane cylinder recycling system.
Though Katec Inc. began as an industrial tool supplier, it has now become the manufacturer of two important products that help save the environment and allow companies to tremendously reduce disposal costs. In its first ten years, our company has manufactured and distributed more than 44,000 Aerosolv systems and more than 2,000 ProSolv systems. Even before the first filter change on all of those systems combined, they have potentially recycled more than 22 million pounds of scrap steel. That equates to saving more than 113 trillion BTUs of energy in subsequent steel production and untold amounts of harmful chemicals from entering the waste stream.
Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority