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Re: heels in returnable totes



Thomas,

Navistar International, a truck manufacturer in Springfield, Ohio redesigned their returnable paint totes with the help of their supplier.  I believe tote spigots were moved closer to the bottom of the tote. They also started "tilting" the totes to recover the heels.

The recovery of the residual paint saved them $50,000 annually.

Some details at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/gov/fact58.html. 


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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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Ohio EPA
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