Why should you rely on FIBC for hazardous waste disposal?

by Carter Toni

Savings is something that must always be strived for in the industrial world, especially when it comes to dealing with the disposal of hazardous waste. Disposal of hazardous waste cannot be carried out immediately. It must be well packaged so that it does not cause harm to humans and the environment. In the past, IBC was the best solution for hazardous waste disposal but in recent years FIBC has become more popular. For those who don’t know, FIBC stands for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container.

Low-standard industries often disdain hazardous waste packaging for reasons of savings. That is irresponsible behavior and if they want to make savings, it should not be in the hazardous waste disposal domain. Savings can be made in other sectors but still taking into account safety factors, both short term and long term. What is needed in the hazardous waste disposal sector is a holistic approach that will lead to safe but lowest-cost solutions. However, to some extent, the factor of safety is non-negotiable.

A holistic approach to hazardous waste disposal often refers to the inclusion of FIBC with a specific standard, for example, 49 CFR 178.700. Some FIBCs can actually save costs without sacrificing safety.

But why is FIBC popular in today’s hazardous waste disposal activities?

It is inseparable from some of the advantages it brings:

– Significant savings from the purchase

Traditional IBCs are often seen as the cheapest hazardous waste disposal solution, which is wrong! In many cases, using FIBC often saves you more money. For example, a used FIBC assembly can be 50% cheaper than an open-head rescue drum assembly assuming the dimensions of the two groups are the same.

– Storage space saving

IBC has rigid dimensions, which of course cannot be adjusted freely. You can’t engineer so they can be stored more. Each room is able to accommodate a certain number of IBCs and that is a non-negotiable capacity. Conversely, you can accommodate more FIBCs (with a greater total holding capacity) in the same room. You can see these savings more clearly when it comes to responding to a waste spill.

– More efficient transportation

This has to do with the consideration of the container liner used. It is possible to fit more FIBCs into the same space. More FIBC means more waste transported.

– Cost reduction to realize security

You often have to use a forklift for containerization, especially when loading waste into drums vertically. Renting a forklift and its operator can be a waste of money. We have not considered the risk of waste spilling due to the swinging unit during the transfer process. On the other hand, with FIBC, the use of an integrated strap is more than enough. It can also reduce the risk of spillage of waste.

Work efficiency

By using FIBC, you can say goodbye to complicated overpacking methods that waste time and effort. FIBC in a single form is a single multi-layer leak-resistant unit equipped with a zipper. It is much easier to handle than waste disposal drums.

Ultimately, FIBC is a better solution for hazardous waste disposal in modern industries. It delivers savings, better security, and increased efficiency in a single package.

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