Intermediate Bulk Containers for Recycling

Bulk Bins for Sorting Recycled Material

Intermediate bulk containers or pallet containers play a key role in e-waste disassembly. eCycle Solutions

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) or bulk bins can be a key element of a successful e-waste demanufacturing program. Bulk bins placed at workstations allow workers to separate materials as they are liberated from electronic items being dismantled. IBCs can be constructed out of various materials, including steel, plastic, wood or corrugated fiberboard. Some containers are exceptionally durable and are designed to be utilized many times. Corrugated fiberboard containers are often utilized to be easily recycled where the return to the original shipper is not intended. Corrugated fiberboard is easily recycled around the world. Even corrugated bins, however, are often reused numerous times. IBCs are designed with features to improve performance, including such options as drop doors, collapsible design, or wheels.

Drop-Door Containers Allow Ergonomic Access

Drop-door containers provide more ergonomic access for loading and unloading intermediate bulk containers. MP Packaging

Hinged drop-doors can be an important feature for IBCs, especially if materials being loaded or unloaded from the bin are heavy or awkward. The drop-door allows workers closer access to the inside of the IBC, therefore allowing for better posture, and reduced risk of injury. The drop-door is an important element of IBC design from an ergonomic perspective. 

Collapsible Bulk Bins Optimize Storage and Return Freight
Collapsible bins are IBCs that can be folded down after being emptied. They offer dramatic efficiencies in terms of storage and freight. When empty, bins can be collapsed, and as a result take up much less space than erect. Likewise, collapsed bins allow for many more bins to be loaded onto a trailer, providing cost efficiencies in empty IBC transport.

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Corrugated Bulk Bins

Deman Station with corrugated bulk bins. Easily recycled corrugated bins are a great solution for longer distance shipments where returnable packaging is not cost-effective. Intercon Solutions

Corrugated fiberboard bulk bins are known by a variety of names, including a gaylord, tote box, bulk bin, as well as others.

Corrugated bulk bins are constructed of either doublewall or triplewall fiberboard. They may have removable top lids. The bottom design may incorporate a separate base that lies under the sidewall liner, or it may incorporate bottom flaps. Liners without bottom flaps can be more easily collapsed and palletized for reverse logistics.

Corrugated fiberboard bins are valued for their relatively low price point, widespread recyclability and collapsibility, which provides efficiencies in reverse logistics.

The term gaylord is associated with triplewall corrugated pallet boxes with bottom flaps. The usage dates back to bins manufactured by Gaylord Container Company, reported to be the first manufacturer of corrugated bulk bins.

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Sleeve Packs

 A compromise between the very durable plastic IBC and the single trip corrugated fiberboard bin is the sleeve pack. The sleeve pack is a unit load system which includes a plastic, the pallet sleeve or vertical wall that contains the material, and the top cap. The sleeve can be either corrugated fiberboard or very durable plastic material for extended reuse programs. The sleeve pack offers some important advantages. It is typically less expensive than a conventional plastic bulk bin while providing cost-effective. In a reusable sleeve pack system, the pallet is typically a plastic pallet, with a plastic top cap. Read more about sleeve packs here. One recent innovation in sleeve packs is an all-in-one sleeve pack system that keeps the top lid, sleeve and pallet attached, so that none of the components become lost in the course of return to the shipper.