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Unreviewed P2 Options
for the
Empty Drum Management Process

Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Unreviewed Options for Empty Drum Management

Following are a list of options that have been submitted by users of the pollution prevention planner. They have not been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists.

These options are presented so you can see what people in facilities are considering. As with any option (reviewed or unreviewed) you will have to adapt it to your facility.


Drum to re-cyclable totes conversions

convert drumed raw materials over to re-cyclable totes where possible in order to reduce RCRA empty crushed drum waste

Strict Enforcement of No Heels

Retraining of drivers who pickup empty containers on the No Heels Policy. Inspection by management of empty drum contents.

Outsourcing of Drum Cleaning

Have drums cleaned by outside drum cleaning business

Off-Site Empty Drum Recycle

Drums are cleaned on-site and then sent to an off-site vendor for recycle/reuse.

Reduce the number of Empty Drums

Set up Vendors to offer the product in reuseable containers and larger quantity totes.

Drum Re-Use

Re-use empty drums by filling the drums with waste, provided that the waste is compatible with the product originally in the drum
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