IBC totes: recycling and proper use

March 2016

  • The life cycle of an IBC
  • Recycling an IBC
  • How are recycled IBC used?

Today, certain types of packaging can be recycled and reused several times before being scrapped in a landfill.

For instance, 1000L IBC containers can be washed or reconditioned (by changing the bag).

This month we're going to focus on:

The life cycle of an IBC
Recycling an IBC
How are recycled IBC used?


The life cycle of an IBC







Recycling an IBC



How are recycled IBC used?

? Washed 1000 L IBCs

secteur-chimie-peintureThese IBCs are suitable for many industrial applications such as packaging non-sensitive chemicals, cleaning products and detergents, lubricants, low added value products or for waste recovery.

But beware, PE is a permeable material. This means that despite careful and thorough cleaning, these recycled IBCs may retain some molecules of the product they contained previously.

They should not be used to package sensitive products, water (for watering gardens), foodstuffs, cosmetics or pharmaceuticals.

? New 1000 L IBCs

After reconditioning (used bag removed and replaced with a new bag / thorough cleaning of the cage and pallet / inspections and tests), "new bag" IBCs are just as good as new IBCs.

They are therefore suitable for all industries.


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