Empty containers

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Purdue's policy for the disposal of empty containers is implemented to protect Purdue facilities and the Physical Facilities Buildings and Grounds staff when removing trash. Please remember that although chemical residues may be non-hazardous by themselves, they may mix with other incompatible residue in the dumpster or compactor causing a reaction or fire. In addition, sealed containers may become pressurized during compaction, which may result in residues spraying onto workers. Please keep the following procedures and information in mind when disposing of empty containers:

  • Triple rinse empty containers with a solvent capable of removing the original material.
  • Collect the rinsate for disposal through REM unless it is non-hazardous and safe for sink disposal. (See page 20, Non-Hazardous Waste, or call REM at 40121 for assistance with determining non-hazardous waste.)
  • Identify triple-rinsed, dry, odorless, and empty containers as SAFE FOR DISPOSAL with a label available from REM or by defacing the original label.
  • Remove any cap that may cause the container to become pressurized when compacting.
  • Arrange removal of these containers with the Building Services staff in your area or transport these containers yourself to the designated area beside the dumpster outside your building.
  • If you are unable to remove residual hazardous materials from containers, submit these to REM for pickup using the Hazardous Material Pickup Request form.
  • Contact REM with any questions you may have at 40121 or 40238.