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How Container Exchanger Is Changing the Commercial Recycling Game

How Container Exchanger Is Changing the Commercial Recycling Game

When your company is done with your shipping container and bulk bags, what do you do? If you throw them out, they just end up in a landfill. Now, imagine that every company in the manufacturing industry does this; think of the waste that is being accumulated each year!

More importantly, how many of these shipping containers are broken or unusable anymore? Chances are, just because your business no longer has a need for them, these materials can still provide a use to others in the industry. The fact is that most transportation materials are made to withstand long-term use, and contents can expect to travel and arrive in safety.

Therefore, your company may be adding to the already enormous amount of waste materials the manufacturing industry produces. That isn’t exactly a beneficial business practice for your company.

Maybe your company doesn’t throw out materials you no longer need. Perhaps you keep them in storage, only to find the containers collecting dust. This isn’t necessarily harming the environment, but it isn’t bringing your company any money, either.

What is the solution for these shipping materials? Even if you are a sensible business owner who strives to find a green solution to everything, and likes to reduce your company’s carbon footprint, certain situations may call for a still usable container to be tossed out.

The Reason for Waste

You may be wondering, if these shipping materials are made to endure a long life, why do businesses stop using them or make upgrades? There are many reasons why a company may need a new container even when the current container has plenty of life left in it.

Perhaps newer generations of the container offer better features. Or, perhaps, it is no longer profitable for the company to continue their business.

When a company goes out of business or merges with another, usable and durable materials end up collecting dust or taking up space in a landfill. When containers meet the end of the line in this manner, not only does the company lose money, but this practice also harms the environment.

What You Can Do

A sensible approach to giving those still-usable shipping materials a long life is to make use of commercial recycling. Brand new material is expensive and, if you only need the container for a short period of time, pretty useless.

Container Exchanger wants to offer the manufacturing industry a solution to this problem. Commercial recycling is an environmentally friendly way to reduce waste products and decrease your company’s spending.

So, back to those still-usable containers that businesses no longer have a need for. Our professionals help these business owners dispose of the materials in a less harmful way by locating another company that is in need of a shipping container.

This is a practice that saves your company money, while at the same time helps the industry reduce waste. Talk about a win-win!

Container Exchanger Is Here to Help

Don’t end up like the rest of the manufacturing world. Strive for the green solution whenever possible. Container Exchanger ensures that all used and refurbished materials still have a long life ahead of them. For whatever reason, when company A no longer needs those materials, our experts help list the container(s) on our site in the hopes of providing company B an alternative to buying brand new containers.

Why might company B want to buy used material? As stated before, these types of materials often get thrown out, even though they are perfectly good to use. Plus, company B wants to keep their bottom line in mind, while transporting their goods and products safely.

Purchasing a used container through Container Exchanger serves both those purposes. We ensure the supplies are still able to perform safe shipment of products, while your company spends less.

Additionally, depending on your situation, a new shipping container is not needed. For single use or short-term use, a used container is in your best interest. Plus, once you’re done, you can sell it through Container Exchanger, and we will find another company who needs it.

So, now that we have your attention, and you see we have your company’s bottom line in mind, explore the different products and options that are changing the commercial recycling game.

Bulk Containers

Bulk containers have the largest variety to choose from for your heavy-duty shipping needs.

Pallet Containers

Collapsible pallet and bulk plastic containers are great for storing materials such as pellets, powders, produce, and other manufactured goods. Pallet containers are great options for any of your products or materials that require safe and protective storage.

Our used bulk containers are all extremely durable, meaning they can be reused time and time again. Most of these pallet containers are heavy-duty, and some models/sizes can hold up to 2500 pounds. No matter what size option your company needs, our pallet containers are easily repairable, and provide easy shipment and storage. Choose from a variety of collapsible and non-collapsible containers, with a selection of fully sealed, vented, drop door models available.

Metal Bins

Metal storage bins are the ideal shipping container for your castings and scrap metal. Even though these bins are recycled, they are extremely durable. Your company can depend on our metal bin options for safe delivery while keeping all your goods in place during transit.

Our metal bins are solid-steel sided, but there are options of customizing the bins if your needs require different materials and dimensions.

Wire Baskets

If you need shipping containers for castings and scrap metals, but find you need something more flexible than metal bins, wire baskets may be the right option for you. Our used wire baskets have the same durability as metal bins; however, the wire mesh grid allows a more visible and accessible storage of your industrial products.

Wire baskets come in a variety of options, including collapsible, drop door, rigid, stackable, and heavy-duty choices. These storage options will not only save you money, but also space in your warehouse.

Gaylord Boxes

Our used Gaylord boxes can hold just about any material you may need with a maximum of up to 2800 pounds. Made with durability in mind, the sturdy outside walls hold layers of cardboard inside, for secure storage and transport of the material within.

Wood Crates

Used wood crates are one of the best transporting and storage containers your company can keep on hand. Because of import regulations, wood crates are heat-treated, making them ideal for reusable shipping crates.

What makes wood crates a smart business option, when bought used? They are extremely affordable and work great for one-way shipments. These containers also make storing, carrying, and handling easy and efficient.

Bulk Bags – FIBC

Bulk bags or super sacks, jumbo bags, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC), or any other name you might call these bulk containers—these make for an excellent low-cost packaging option.

The woven plastic material is durable, and the lift straps make these bags easy to fill, lift, and empty. To save money and use a green option, choose from our used bulk bag options, such as Hazmat bags, U.N. bulk sacks, flow-through jumbo sacks, spout bottom bags, super large sacks, sprout top bags, lined bags, and food grade bulk sacks.

IBC Totes

For the storage and transportation of fluid products, our wide range of used IBC totes is the best selection of IBC tanks. With the option of used (non-refurbished) or refurbished, you are able to select from these sizes:

  • 275-gallon standard and refurbished totes
  • 275-gallon good grade totes
  • 330-gallon standard gallon totes
  • 330-gallon refurbished totes
  • 330-gallon food grade totes

Drums

Whether you select a plastic barrel, metal drum, tank, or fiber drum, your chemicals and hazardous materials are transported securely in our used and refurbished drum containers.

No matter your needs, whether shipping food grade products, liquid supplies, or chemicals, selecting a used drum will provide a cost-effective and green solution for your business.

Insulated Containers

For those temperature-sensitive goods like dry ice and seafood, insulated containers will ensure the thermal protection of your products during transportation. Since the preservation of the products is highly important, these containers are made for long-term use, and provide a flexible choice to ship and store your goods.

Hoppers and Silos

Hoppers and silos come in sizes large enough to hold items such as animal feed/grains, pellets, milk, water, and juices. Likewise, they also come in small enough sizes to feed an injection mold machine.

Our used hoppers and silos come in a variety of styles and sizes, such as seed bins and dumping hoppers. No matter your needs, Container Exchanger has the green solution for your transport needs.

Pallets

Pallets of all materials make for versatile transportation and storage containers, often saving space in warehouses.

Plastic Pallets

These pallets prove to be highly popular reusable shipping options for companies in the manufacturing industry. This is because they are lightweight, while also durable enough to protect your materials during transportation.

Design, style, and size of plastic pallets all vary, making them great used options for most of your shipping needs.

Metal Pallets

Aluminum and stainless steel metal pallets have the longest lifespan of all available pallets. Due to their metal structure, they can be reused for years on end. However, your company needs to pay close attention when choosing the correct metal bin for your needs.

Stainless steel and aluminum pallets are usually fully welded, and resist corrosion and heat. This makes them an excellent container for the shipping and handling for meatpacking, food processing, and pharmaceutical industries.

Wood Pallets

Wooden pallets are sensible for reuse because they have to be heat treated, for import reasons. This means they rarely are returned to the sending company; therefore, they are solid options for reuse.

Thanks to their durable design, they can carry loads up to 10,000 pounds or more. Purchasing used wood pallets reduces costs and saves storage space. For shipments of heavy loads, wood pallets make a sensible choice.

Carts

Carts are made for the transportation of supplies and products within the warehouse, store, building, or office space.

Security Carts

Security carts work best for personal and retail, distribution, restaurant and food court industries. With lockable floors, walls, and roof panels, you can rest assured your valuables are stored and transported in a safe manner.

Transport Carts

Transport carts are portable shelving units that work for the warehouse, plant nursery, or restaurant. The shelving can be either wire or mesh, and the design is ideal for moving items within your warehouse, property, or space.

Transport carts have features like modulate shelving that allow you to adjust the shelf placement, and tow bars to link and tow several carts at once, that make them great for all your business needs.

Laundry Carts

Laundry carts are used in the hotel, resort, and institutional industries. Our selection of used and refurbished laundry carts is excellent for the use of transporting, storing, and sorting linens. There are taller options, reaching six feet, along with removable and lockable panels that ensure the safety of all materials inside.

The Takeaway

No matter what industry your company is in, choosing a used or refurbished shipping container is the beneficial way to reduce your carbon footprint and save as much money as possible.

Let Container Exchanger aid you in finding the right materials for your business. Choose from the many used bulk containers, pallets, and carts we have available. And, remember, when you have exhausted all uses for your container, turn to us again, and we will help you sell it to another company. Set an example within the industry and use the green solution to purchasing your shipping materials—every time.

How Container Exchanger Is Changing the Commercial Recycling Game

Plastic Container Safety 101: How to Know When (and If) It’s Safe to Reuse Yours

Plastic Container Safety 101

If you’re interested in living a cleaner, greener, more environmentally conscious lifestyle to the greatest extent possible, then you’re in excellent company. Millions of people are getting on board with the ongoing campaign to reduce carbon footprints worldwide and cut down on waste in as many ways as possible. Naturally, reusing perfectly good containers is a huge part of that effort.

However, reports that it isn’t safe to reuse plastic drinking bottles have people questioning whether or not it’s safe to reuse plastic containers of any kind under any circumstances. Let’s take a closer look at plastic container reuse today, and get to the bottom of when and where it’s safe to reuse a given option. Spoiler Alert: It’s not all plastics that are potentially hazardous. Telling the difference is as simple as getting in the know as to the different types of plastics out there on the market today. Here we’ll examine the truth behind the rumors about plastic, and discuss how to tell the difference between good and bad options.

Why Are Plastics Being Maligned as  Toxic?

The reports of plastic bottles being unsafe are rooted in recent revelations that chemicals present in a particular plastic called Lexan can be toxic. Also known as “Plastic #7”, Lexan has been linked to multiple ailments by multiple studies. These ailments include, but are not necessarily limited to, breast cancer, uterine cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, hormonal imbalance, and decreased levels of testosterone in both men and women. The reports are even bleaker when it comes to the potential havoc that can be wrought on a child’s developing system.

The issues with Lexan are caused by a compound called Bisphenol A. Also known as BPA for short, Bisphenol A is a synthetic chemical that can interfere with the hormonal messaging system the body relies on for many of its normal, healthy functions. It is thought that reusing bottles and plastic containers that contain BPA can result in superficial cracks, blemishes, and dings that can release the chemical into the liquids or foods stored in said container.

BPA is most often found in a variety of commonly used plastics. These include plastic reusable water bottles of the type used by hikers, fitness enthusiasts, and runners, to stay hydrated while exercising. They also include quite a lot of the baby bottles and sippy cups on the market. While experts do agree that BPA is toxic and potentially problematic, it’s important to note that the amount of BPA likely to leach into drinks, water, or food is most likely too small to cause major problems. That said, if you’ve been using plastics that contain BPA, you’re most likely fine. There is, however, some concern over the possible effects of cumulative exposure sustained over time, so you should discontinue use in favor of alternatives immediately.

But Are All Plastics Potentially Unsafe?

In light of studies conducted by such trustworthy entities as the Berkeley Ecology Center and the Environment California Research & Policy Center, it’s not terribly difficult to understand why some people want nothing to do with any plastics whatsoever. (Better safe than sorry, right?) However, it’s important to note that it isn’t all plastics that pose a potential risk.

In addition to Plastic #7, consumers are advised to avoid excessive reuse of anything made from Plastic #1 as well. (Plastic #1 is also called polyethylene terephthalate, PET, or PETE.) PET plastic is the type of plastic used to make the great majority of disposable plastic juice, water, and soda bottles. In most cases, one or two reuses is considered to be safe. However, when such bottles are old or are in less than pristine condition, they are thought to leach DEHP – another potentially harmful chemical compound that has been linked to certain cancers.

Another plastic to avoid would be Plastic #3 (also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC). PVC can leach additional chemicals that can interfere with healthy hormonal function, as well as release certain carcinogens into the atmosphere should they be incinerated, as they would be if added to many landfills. Plastic #6 (polystyrene or PS) can also potentially leach styrene into foods and drinks. Styrene has also been found to have links to many cancers.

So Which Types of Plastics Are Safe to Reuse?

As touched on above, the most reliable way to make sure that you’re reusing only plastics that are safe for the purpose is to pay attention to the numbers and codes attached to the items in question. Make a note of the numbers listed above, as those are the ones scientific studies have found to be potentially harmful.

On the other hand, the following plastics have not been found to have any major problems with leaching carcinogenic or otherwise harmful chemicals. They are considered by the American Chemistry Council to be safe for reuse, once properly washed using hot, soapy water, just as you would use to clean the rest of your dishes or containers.

PET

As touched on above, you can reuse PET containers on a very limited basis. PET containers are probably the most common type of plastic container out there on the market today. Example products that come in PET containers include ketchup, bottled water, juice, salad dressing, peanut butter, and soft drinks. However, it’s important to note that most manufacturers create these bottles for one-time use. That said, health authorities recommend reusing each bottle no more than once, ideally.

Never expose PET bottles to hot temperatures, as this can trigger the leaching effect that is so potentially worrisome. Also avoid reusing or drinking from PET bottles/containers that appear compromised or damaged in any way.

HDPE #2

HDPE (short for high-density polyethylene) belongs to a class of plastics that are known for being high in density. They are typically opaque instead of clear and are most commonly used to contain products like yogurt, margarine, milk, certain juices, and laundry detergents.

The American Chemistry Council has determined that it is safe to reuse HDPE bottles and containers once you have finished off the original contents. No proof has been found that this type of plastic leaches any type of harmful or carcinogenic chemicals or substances.

LDPE #4

Also known as low-density polyethylene, LDPE is most commonly found in products like trash bags, disposable grocery store bags, and plastic wrap generally meant for food storage. It is considered safe to reuse within reason. Before deciding to reuse something made of LDPE, consumers are advised to carefully consider the original use of the item.

It’s also important to note that this type of plastic is lightweight and incredibly thin, in comparison to other types of plastic. That said, it’s important to avoid exposing it to high temperatures. If it melts or burns, it can emit chemicals that are potentially toxic, so be careful – especially in regards to microwave use. Products like Saran Wrap should always be removed from food containers before microwaving or otherwise reheating.

PP#5

Those worried about the reports of certain reusable drinking bottles or baby items not being safe should keep an eye out for PP (polypropylene) as an alternative. Current research shows no evidence that PP has the same issue with leaching toxic chemicals that Plastic #7 has. In addition to baby bottles and sports bottles, PP is commonly used to make products like drinking straws, yogurt, deli soup containers, many toys, syrup, and certain margarine containers.

That said, the most important thing to remember when determining which plastic containers are and are not safe to reuse is the coding used to inform the consumer as to the type of plastic present. Get familiar with the different varieties out there. Make a mini-cheat sheet you can keep in your wallet, purse, or phone, in case you forget. Stick to the safe options, avoid the potentially toxic options, and always be sure to thoroughly wash any plastic container before reusing.

What About Tupperware and Similar Products?

Of course, many consumers are concerned with whether or not products like Tupperware that are designed for food storage are safe to use. The short answer is “yes.” The vast majority of food storage products manufactured by Tupperware, Ziploc, Saran, Glad, and Hefty are made of either LDPE or PP plastics. Therefore, they have been deemed perfectly safe for use by public health authorities.

Concerned consumers are, however, advised to continue to study and pay attention to the numbers and codes attached to any plastic product. Some products produced by popular brands may pose a small risk, as they are polycarbonate-based. Example product lines include certain micro-steamers on the market, as well as certain table collections. Just get into the habit knowing your plastics, and you’ll be just fine.

Not sure you can keep everything straight … or simply don’t want to attempt it? You can always forgo plastics altogether, if you prefer. Glass alternatives like Pyrex are always safe, as they do not contain any sort of chemicals that can leach their way into your food and drinks. When it comes to water bottles, aluminum is a hardy and safe alternative to plastic or PVC.

Are Reusable Plastic Containers Appropriate for Industrial Use?

Here in the age of environmental consciousness, more and more companies are making the switch to reusable packaging for shipping and storage purposes, and with good reason. Reusable containers aren’t just better for the environment. They’re more cost-effective than high-waste options like disposable cardboard boxes, when the costs are calculated over time. They’re also far more space effective. Since they’re stronger, they allow for containers to be stacked on top of one another, letting merchants make the most of warehouse storage space and transportation space within trucks or cargo bays.

They are also safe for perpetual and indefinite reuse, as they are made from plastics that are considered perfectly safe to reuse. This means that if your company relies on reusable plastic containers to ship or store food products or other consumables, you can rest easy that you’re not tainting your products or potentially harming your customers in any way.However, as with containers meant for home food storage, there are plenty of alternatives available if for any reason you simply aren’t comfortable with plastics. Reusable industrial containers can just as easily be made out of wood or metal. They also come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and styles so you’ll never wind up stuck using a container that’s anything less than perfectly functional.

How Should Used or Unwanted Plastic Containers Be Disposed Of?

How Should Used or Unwanted Plastic Containers Be Disposed Of?

In light of the potential toxins that many plastic containers can release if burned or melted, environmentally conscious consumers are advised not to dispose of any sort of plastic with the rest of their household garbage. Along with glass, paper, metal, and other such substances, plastic should always be recycled according to proper methods.If your neighborhood’s waste disposal company has provided your household or business with dedicated containers for recyclables, definitely use those to dispose of your plastics. In the event you haven’t been provided with specific containers for this purpose, you are urged to take it upon yourself to transport your unwanted plastics and other recyclables to an appropriate facility. You’ll be doing the earth and all the living things that call it home a huge service!

If your business is one of the many that relies on reusable plastic containers for shipping and storage, as detailed above, you should consider contacting a company that specializes in recycling, refurbishing, and reselling such containers. The chances are excellent that, once they’ve ceased to be useful to you, the items are still in excellent enough working condition to be of great use to another company. Even if they’re a little worse for wear (or even broken), it’s more than likely that, with a little refurbishment, they could be restored to full working order.

Companies that specialize in reusable containers are great resources for obtaining new containers. Used options are every bit as strong and trustworthy as brand new alternatives. Plus, you can usually get them at a discount, leaving you with that much more room in your budget to invest in other areas. Explore the possibilities today!