The Department of Environmental Protection turned to NJSBDC to assist with educating and training drycleaning businesses about the value of changing to wet cleaning as part of a US Environmental Protection Grant to spur green technologies.

No direct grants are available to cleaners but several machinery companies have agreed to offer discounts of up to 30% on equipment, including finishing equipment, to cleaners entering the programme. The companies offering discounts include Aqua-Solo, Miele, Wascomat, Imesa, Trevil and HiSteam.

So far two workshops have been held, the first at Aqua-Solo headquarters and a second at Custom Cleaners in Hopewell, a plant that uses Miele equipment. A third demonstration is planned for December.