Lint interceptors are commonly installed in modern laundromat facilities, especially if local codes require them. Current code regulations only require filtering for particles down to ½” in length. This means that current standards are catching large particles but are doing little (if anything at all) to stop the millions of microscopic pieces of plastic and lint that are discharged from a machine with each wash.
As you look at your own laundromat and the steps being taken to stop this massive microfiber problem, consider a few key principles to keep in mind when looking for a lint trap at your laundromat.
- You will have to know the quantity of washing machines you have. As you count the number of lint filters you'll need to purchase and install in your space, you may be able to find a broader, more strategic purchasing, installation, and maintenance plan.
- You should be able to approximate the volume of water use each laundry discharges. Most lint interceptors are designed based on the peak flow they receive.
- You will also want to consider the maintenance cycle on the lint trap you select. Many options currently available on the market require frequent manual cleaning. This maintenance is an additional overhead expense that you'll want to include in your overall decision process. So if you have hands off approach you may want to consider a lint interceptor with a self-cleaning option. These require more capital investment but labor savings are typically worth the price.
Laundromat owners are responsible to maintain the local codes for lint and microplastic mitigation. As you consider the options available to you, make sure you’re keeping the standards you must keep while also choosing the solution that works best for your operation.