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Community

Being a small-to-medium business with a long history in Melbourne’s West gives us a sense of belonging to the local community. Deluxe Drycleaning tries to remain engaged in the community through associations with a range of local community organisations, sporting groups, schools, fund raising events and employing local people. Local community associations include the Australian Light Foundation, Footscray City Primary, Chisholm College, the West Footscray Football Club, Loud Shirt Day, and others. Garments left uncollected on our rails for more than 12 months, after attempting to contact customers, are donated to The Diabetes Foundation to help people in need. We see ourselves as part of the community in the Western Suburbs so we make an effort to give back when we can. Contact us here if you think Deluxe can help out your local community group.

Buying Australian Made

Supporting local industry is as important as supporting the community, so Deluxe Drycleaning makes a conscious effort to buy Australian Made wherever possible. Our hangers are made from 100% Australian steel from One Steel and are manufactured in Melbourne by King Coat Hangers, our soaps and detergents are sourced from local suppliers who also supply Australian made products.

 

Environment

When the Deluxe Drycleaning plant was assembled in 2001, the ownership consulted with various environmental regulatory bodies, including the Victorian EPA, to ensure that our flagship plant conformed to, and exceeded, the environmental regulations that governed the dry cleaning and laundry industry.

Dry cleaning machines

All of the dry cleaning machines are 5th generation dry-to-dry machines, with high solvent recovery, meaning minimal waste and environmental impact. In late 2015 a brand new 6th generation Union Hydrocarbon drycleaning machine was installed, replacing a much older machine.

Trade waste disposal

The waste product that results from dry cleaning contains all the impurities removed from clothing, traces of solvent, soaps and detergents, and is not suitable for disposal in regular rubbish bins. Proper disposal of this waste product is a regulatory requirement as enforced by the EPA. The waste produced from our operation is removed in a sealed drum about once a month by a licensed company who process the waste at a treatment plant and turn it into re-useable solvent and other non-hazardous waste products.

Recycling

Deluxe Drycleaning will reuse and recycle hangers brought in by the public. Our own high-grade steel wire coat hangers are reusable and can be put back into circulation within the operation, other hangers are usually recycled. Polypropylene plastic used in the packaging of garments is recyclable in regular household recycle bins.

Water treatment & effluent

Waste water from the dry cleaning process is treated using a water purifier before it is ejected into the storm-water system. In addition, a cooling pit for effluent water holds water that has been released at high temperatures from our steam boiler and washing machines allowing it to cool to temperatures acceptable under EPA regulation before entering the storm-water system.

The ibag and re-useable garment bags

The ibag is a re-useable garment bag which eliminates the need for plastic and provides an easy way to transport clothes to-and-from the dry cleaner, see in store for re-useable garment bags.