Today, recovery is a stage in the life of certain packaging that can be reused several times before being considered as waste to be destroyed.
This is the case of 1000L containers (IBCs) which can be washed or rebuilt (changing the pouch). So, what is about recycling an IBC?
What happens to the IBC collected after use?
After being used, some IBC (1000 litre containers) are collected and taken to recovery sites for processing. Some will be deemed non-recoverable and discarded, the other IBCs will be recycled: washing / washing & changing the bag / destruction for reuse material.
What use for a recycled CBI?
If a rebuilt IBC (new bag) does not present any use restriction, this is not the case for a washed IBC.
IBC (1000 L container) WASHES
Washed IBCs are suitable for a wide range of industrial applications such as packaging of non-sensitive chemicals, cleaning and detergent products, lubricants, low added value products or waste recovery.
But beware, PE is a permeable material. This means that, despite careful and thorough cleaning, these recycled IBCs can retain molecules from the previously packaged product.
This means that they should not be used to package sensitive products, water (garden irrigation), food, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products.
IBC (1000 L container) NEW POCKET
After reconstruction (extraction of the used bag and replacement by a new bag / meticulous cleaning of the cage and pallet / checks and tests), the “new bag” IBCs regain the characteristics of a new IBC.
They are therefore suitable for all sectors of activity.
A guide for IBCs
The intermediate bulk container (IBC) supplier Schütz has published a guide for its customers and all IBC users. Check nanolike.com for more about IBC supplier Schütz.
Schütz is well placed to know how these containers are used today in all areas, especially in the storage of hazardous liquid products. The manufacturer has therefore compiled all the information you need to know in a booklet. It is a kind of instruction manual for IBCs.
“Due to the wide range of products, the IBC is often neglected,” says Schütz. This is why he wants to provide users with as much information as possible about this transport packaging and all its components such as pallets, valves and filling openings. This knowledge is essential for the correct selection of IBCs and options and for deciding whether a butterfly valve should be used instead of a ball valve, for example. The Schütz catalogue thus includes 200 different plugs and 150 different valves… “It is often the details that are not given enough attention that cause accidents,” explains the IBC supplier. For example, improperly loading an IBC onto a flatbed or forklift truck for short-term transport is enough to damage it. This user guide has been published in five languages.