Triple-Rinse for EPA Compliance

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Most chemicals and pesticides are considered hazardous materials. As a result, there are strict EPA chemical disposal guidelines that must be followed. Read more about triple-rinsing to meet EPA guidelines and the solutions offered by Axiom.

EPA Chemical Disposal Guidelines

An empty chemical container is just as dangerous as a full one because of the residues left inside. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to protect communities and regulate the safe management of hazardous waste. The EPA defines an empty container as:

  • All wastes have been removed using commonly employed practices
  • No more than 2.5 centimeters of material remain in the container
  • No more than 3% by weight of the container remains for containers with a capacity under 110 gallons

Triple-Rinsing an Empty Pesticide Container for Disposal

The triple-rinsing process for pesticide containers follows these steps:

Step 1

Wear the same protective equipment while rinsing as the container label requires. These include:

  • A heavy-duty apron
  • Goggles
  • Long-sleeved clothing
  • Liquid-resistant gloves and shoes

Most chemical handling problems occur when the product is absorbed through the skin; proper clothing helps prevent direct contact.

Step 2

Remove the container cap and empty the chemicals into the spray tank. Allow the container to drain for 30 seconds and rinse immediately to prevent the product from sticking.

Step 3

Fill the container 20% full with water or rinse solution and replace the cap.

Step 4

Swirl the liquid within the container to rinse all inside surfaces. Remove the cap, pour the remaining rinsate into the spray tank, and drain for 30 seconds. Steps 2 through 4 should be completed three times.

Step 5

Puncture the container so it can’t be reused.

Triple-Rinsing an Empty Chemical Drum for Disposal

Triple-rinsing large chemical containers is a difficult process that requires at least two people and follows these steps:

Step 1

Empty the drum as much as possible and fill about 25% with water.

Step 2

Tip the drum on its side and roll back and forth for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Stand the drum on one end and tip back and forth to rinse the inner edges. Turn the drum over and repeat.

Step 4

Carefully empty the rinsate into the spray tank and repeat steps 2 through 4 two more times.

Step 5

Carefully rinse the sprayer tank bung and dispose of it properly.

Step 6

Puncture the base of the drum with a drill so it can’t be reused. Keep a drill bit stored specifically for this purpose.

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Benefits of Following EPA Guidelines

Properly following EPA chemical disposal guidelines helps you:

Save Money

A drip-drained pesticide container still has as much as 3% of its contents. Triple-rinsing the container and adding the rinse water to the spray mix prevents the waste of valuable materials.

Protect the Environment

Rinsing containers minimizes the risk of soil, surface water, or ground contamination. Limiting exposure to the environment protects people and local wildlife from hazardous waste.

Prevent Litigation

Federal law requires that all chemical containers be rinsed before disposal. Improper disposal of chemical waste results in fines and criminal penalties. By practicing proper rinsing and disposal techniques, you protect yourself from legal penalties.

Meet EPA Chemical Disposal Guidelines With Axiom’s Jet Rinse Triple-Rinsing Nozzle

Triple-rinsing empty containers by hand is a tedious job. Axiom’s Jet Rinse Triple-Rinsing Nozzle removes up to 99% of residue in under a minute, and its sharp point punctures metal and plastic containers. This increases the efficiency of your workplace and reduces costs. The nozzle connects to virtually any hose, allows users to empty containers at any time, and has various industrial applications, including:

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