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Re: heels in returnable totes



If they set a fee for tote cleaning or a rebate for tote returned empty (or
perhaps with a small amount of a designated solvent added so they don't get
a dry residue), then the customer will be more motivated to use the entire
amount in the tote and return it as directed.  I actually have some
preference for a rebate, since, psychologically, that feels more positive
and less punitive.

Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D.
Mediator, Attorney & Counselor at Law
9901 IH-10 West, Suite 800
San Antonio, TX 78230
210.558-0555
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Vinson" <TVINSON@tnrcc.state.tx.us>
To: <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2002 3:27 PM
Subject: heels in returnable totes


A paint supplier started shipping their product out in returnable totes.  It
works great in that a lot of waste is abated, but there is a problem.  The
totes often come back with some dried up residue in the bottom which they
dispose of.  So, although a lot of the waste is abated for their customers,
this suppliers hazwaste is increasing.
Some of the ideas we have so far include:
1. Train the customers to drain the totes completely before returning.
2. Analyze the residue and see if solvent can be added to make it into a
primer or other useful product.

Any other bright ideas?



Tomas Vinson
www.srwm.org

Fax: 512/239-3165
Phone: 512/239-3182

Engineering Specialist
TNRCC - Pollution Prevention
MC112
PO Box 13087
Austin, Tx 78711-3087
tvinson@tnrcc.state.tx.us


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