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									                          PREPARATION FOR RECYCLING
                          The ACRC recycling program includes HDPE containers up to 55
                          gallon in size. Genesis Poly Recycling also recycles larger mini-bulk
                          and other HDPE plastic storage containers which have been prepared
                          per the instructions provided. All containers from 5 to 55 gallons to
                          mini-bulks and larger will be collected at the same time the smaller
                          2-1/2 gallon “jugs” are collected. The 5 to 55 gallon drums do not
                          need to be cut up. They just need to be triple-rinsed and have all
                          metal and non-plastic materials removed as has been done in the
                          past.

Proper Rinsing Is the Key!

The first step before your containers (jugs and mini-bulks) can be accepted for recycling is to
thoroughly rinse all residues from the containers immediately after use. Only dry, properly
rinsed containers are accepted at collection sites.

Each collection site must also fill out an inspection form certifying that containers received
are properly rinsed and stored per the instructions provided. These forms are provided by the
recycling company prior to collection of jugs and containers from each site. Additional
information is available in ANSI/ASABE S596 Feb 2006 Recycling Plastic Containers from
Pesticides and Pesticide-Related Products.

Why is proper rinsing important?

      It is required by law.

      It gives you full value for your product dollar.

      Properly rinsed containers are classified as clean, solid waste.

How do you make sure your containers are properly rinsed? First, read the product label. Then
follow the procedures below for rinsing containers (jugs) and mini-bulks.

For Pressure Rinsing Containers (jugs)

   1. 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.

   2. Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.

   3. Hold the container so the opening can drain into spray tank.

   4. Force tip of the pressure nozzle through the lower portion of the side closest to the
      handle.

   5. Connect nozzle to a clean water source of at least 40 psi. Turn the nozzle inside the
      container to assure good coverage of all sides, including the handle.

   6. Rinse for at least 30 seconds.

   7. Rinse cap under water coming out of the mini-bulk and into the spray can and then
      dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.

   8. Drain all rinse water into the spray tank.
For Triple Rinsing Containers (jugs)

   1. 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.

   2. Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.

   3. Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water.

   4. 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.

   5. Drain rinse water into spray tank as previously described.

   6. Fill the empty container 1/4 full of clean water a second time.

   7. 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.

   8. Finally, fill the empty container 1/4 full once more with clean water.

   9. Recap the container. With the container in the normal, upright position, shake the
      container as described before.

   10. Pour the rinse water into the spray tank. Carefully rinse and spray residue from the
       outside of the container.

   11. Carefully rinse cap over spray tank opening and then dispose of cap appropriately as
       regular solid waste.




Mini-bulks

First read the procedures for triple-rinsing containers as they contain important information.
The following modified procedures for rinsing mini-bulks may require two people. Note:
fiber re-enforced plastic tanks and totes are not accepted for recycling.

For Pressure Rinsing Mini-bulks

      Be sure mini-bulk is completely empty.
      Drill a pilot hole in the bottom of the mini-bulk and then position the mini-bulk
       opening over the spray tank so that rinsate will empty directly into the tank.

      With the water turned off, use the pressure rinse nozzle to widen the hole in the
       bottom.

      Turn water on and rotate the nozzle inside the mini-bulk so as to rinse all sides.

      Rinse mini-bulk for at least 30 seconds or until rinsate runs completely clear.

      Rinse cap under water coming out of the mini-bulk and into the spray can and then
       dispose of appropriately as regular solid waste.

      Turn water off and replace the tip guard on the nozzle.

      Remove all metal including valves, screws, hooks, loops, nozzles, spouts, bungs, wood
       supports, foam insulation and all other non-plastic materials. Prepare for
       transportation as instructed below.

      Store mini-bulks under cover where they will be protected from rain.

For Triple Rinsing Mini-bulks

      Empty mini-bulk to the lowest possible level.

      Fill mini-bulk with water to 25% of capacity. Replace and tighten bungs.

      Tip mini-bulk on to its side and roll it back and forth, ensuring at least one complete
       revolution, for 30 seconds.

      Stand the mini-bulk on its end and tip it back and forth several times to rinse the
       corners.

      Turn the mini-bulk 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 mini-bulk with a drill so that it cannot be reused.

      Remove all metal including valves, screws, hooks, loops, nozzles, spouts, bungs, wood
       supports, foam insulation and all other non-plastic materials. Prepare for
       transportation as instructed below.

      Store mini-bulks under cover where they will be protected from rain.

Preparation for Transportation

      Single tank deliveries should be cut up so they can be nested in another tank.

      Pieces should be at least 12” by 12” or larger to fit into a mini-bulk that has the top
       removed. One tank with top cut off can hold 3-4 or more tanks, See diagram below.
   220-330 gallon tanks are the preferred bottom tank of nested units. If not self-
    palletizing, each nested tank must be placed on a pallet. Pallets will be double
    stacked in semi-trailer for transportation.

								
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