How to Rinse and Inspect: Providing the Needed Information

You know that ACRC works hard to promote the recycling of rigid HDPE pesticide product containers and that we support a network of recycling partners to get this job done.  However, another primary mission of the ACRC is education on safe and proper practices required to recycle these containers.  ACRC collaboratively or independently develops and distributes educational materials for use by those dealing directly with the handling and preparation of containers for recycling.  There are a number of detailed steps that go into the preparation of getting empty containers ready for recycling and we want to make sure that the workers handling these containers are given the information they need.
 

ACRC provides educational materials in a variety of formats including brochures, checklists, posters, and videos.  For example, on the ACRC website there is a photo description on how to determine if a container is acceptable or not acceptable for recycling based on cleanliness, residue, and staining.  The site also offers tips on pressure rinsing, triple rinsing and video clips on these rinsing methods as well as clips on safety and the visual inspection of containers.  The website provides links to a container inspection checklist (English and Spanish), and information applicable to refillable and mini-bulk container cleaning and recycling.  Many of these items are available for viewing and printing on the ACRC website (www.acrecycle.org) or as collateral items ordered through the website or directly from ACRC for no charge.
 

All of this information is part of a collaborate effort with other agricultural stewardship organizations and government agencies.  The aim is to provide this information to businesses, growers and workers so that the process of recycling these containers can be safe, efficient, and beneficial to the environment. Please take a few minutes to look at the ACRC website and especially the items under the “When and How to Recycle” window in the middle of the home page.  You’ll see the great amount of educational materials provided for use by the agricultural community.  And, please let us know what you think by contacting rperkins@acrecycle.org.