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Re: Inquiry: How to PREVENT inappropriate re-use of bulk chemical containers?

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Butner, R Scott" <scott.butner@pnl.gov>
To: "AICHE-ENV (E-mail)" <aiche-env@lyris.pnl.gov>; "P2TECH (E-mail)"
<p2tech@great-lakes.net>; "ChemAlliance Discussion List (E-mail)"
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 10:33 AM
Subject: Inquiry: How to PREVENT inappropriate re-use of bulk chemical

> List Subscribers --
> I recently received an inquiry from a ChemAlliance user that is a slight
> twist on the question of re-use of bulk shipping containers used for
> chemicals.  Specifically, the question was:
> > I am very, very interested  to know how to prevent other industries
> > or consumers to reuse empty packages/bulks in order  to avoid
> > environmental responsibility. What are the possible tolls to avoid it.
> > Could you suggest a  site/articles/ cases/ legislation in Europe and
> America that
> > [discuss] it?
> I am familiar with a number of case studies discussing the advantages of
> drum/tote re-use and recycle programs, and have seen some nice examples of
> dissolvable packaging, in which the packaging is made of materials
> compatible with the process chemistry itself, and so can be thrown into a
> mixer along with its contents.  But I am not aware of specific practices
> policies set up to PREVENT re-use of containers by the customer and would
> appreciate any examples that our readers can provide.
> I will forward your replies to the person requesting the information.
> Thanks in advance,
> Scott Butner (scott.butner@pnl.gov)
> Director, ChemAlliance
> Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
> Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
> MS K6-04
> PO Box 999, Richland, WA  99352
> (509)-372-4946 voice/(509)-372-4995 fax
> http://www.chemalliance.org/
> >