If your company has any use for industrial containers, then you are probably familiar with an IBC tote. Whether you’re just getting in the game or need a bit of a refresher, here’s a little crash course on IBC totes and their recycling.
What is IBC?
IBC stands for intermediate bulk container and is also known as a pallet tank. It’s generally used for the transport and storage of bulk materials such as liquids and granulated substances. If you’re storing something in an IBC tote, it is likely a material that you want to keep contained. This includes dangerous materials like chemicals, valuable materials like pharmaceuticals, and materials that you would not want to contaminate, such as food or items that will go on to be consumed.
Access to differently sized containers is very important for the safe and efficient transport of your materials. Larger than drums but smaller than tanks, IBC totes are intermediate because they’re a size in between these two popular containers. Using a container that is too small can result in spillage, and using one that is too large is inefficient for transport. Planning the size of your container correctly will end up saving you trouble and money.
In the previous section, we talked about the efficiency achieved by IBC totes by virtue of their size. You can also benefit from their shape. Because most standard IBC totes are cubic in nature, they are easily stacked and organized, meaning little wasted space and easy loading and unloading. Though most IBC totes are plastic, galvanized iron IBC totes have an insanely long lifespan of almost 20 years. Not having to frequently replace your IBC totes will save you tons of cash.
Recycling your IBC totes, and in conjunction, buying recycled IBC totes is a practice that is way too rare in the industrial recycling business. Not only is it the best option for the environment, but it is bar none the best option for your wallet. Recycled IBC totes are much less expensive than new ones and work just as well. If you’re looking to get rid of yours, don’t just let them end up in a landfill, consider recycling them so that others can experience their advantages.
If you have any questions about the purchase of recycled IBC totes, Incineration Recycling Services is here to help you.