Triple Rinsing

Before containers (jugs and drums) can be accepted for recycling, they must be rinsed of all residues after use. Only dry, residue-free rinsed containers are accepted at collection sites.

 

Why is rinsing important?

 
  • It is required by law.
  • It improves the return on your investment.
  • Properly rinsed containers are classified as clean, solid waste.
 

Jugs

 
How do you make sure your containers/jugs are properly rinsed? Check the product label instructions and follow the rinsing procedures.
 

For Triple Rinsing Jugs:

 
  • Empty contents of container into spray tank, turning the container so that any product trapped in the handle is allowed to flow out. Once flow is down to a drip, allow the container to drain for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.
  • Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water.
  • Replace the cap on the container. With the container opening facing left, shake the container left to right over a distance of four to six inches. Shake the container about twice per second for 30 seconds.
  • Drain rinse water into spray tank as previously described.
  • Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water a second time.
  • Recap the container. With the opening of the container pointed towards the ground, shake the container as described before. Then drain the rinse water into the spray tank.
  • Finally, fill the empty container 1/4 full once more with clean water.
  • Recap the container. With the container in the normal, upright position, shake the container as described before.
  • Pour the rinse water into the spray tank. Carefully rinse and spray residue from the outside of the container.
  • Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.
 

Drums

 
First read the procedures for triple-rinsing containers as they contain important information. The following modified procedures for rinsing drums may require two people.
 

For Triple Rinsing Drums:

 
  • Empty drum to the lowest possible level.
  • Fill drum with water to 25% of capacity. Replace and tighten bungs.
  • Tip drum on to its side and roll it back and forth, ensuring at least one complete revolution,  for 30 seconds.
  • Stand the drum on its end and tip it back and forth several times to rinse the corners.
  • Turn the drum over on to its other end and repeat this procedure.
  • Carefully empty the rinsate into the spray can.
  • Repeat this procedure two more times.
  • Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of appropriately as regular solid waste.
  • Puncture the base of the drum with a drill so that it cannot be reused.
  • Store drums under cover where they will be protected from rain.