Reconditioned vs. Rebottled IBC Totes: Making the Right Choice for Your Needs

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) play a crucial role in various industries for the storage and transportation of liquids, chemicals, and bulk materials. When it comes to IBCs, two common terms you may come across are “reconditioned” and “rebottled.” But what do these terms mean, and which one is the right choice for your specific needs?

In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between reconditioned IBCs and rebottled IBC totes and help you determine which one to get for different circumstances.

Understanding Reconditioned IBCs

Reconditioned IBCs, also known as reconditioned totes, are used IBCs that have undergone a thorough cleaning, inspection, and repair process to bring them back to a reusable condition. This reconditioning process follows a strict code of conduct of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA).

AllSource Environmental has a team of highly qualified professionals possessing all of the required assets to assist our customers in cleaning, recycling, and reconditioning your IBC totes. Given our expertise in logistics, we can ensure fast and reliable pickup for LTL and full truckloads. Our facility is a permitted RCRA plant with fully OSHA-trained personnel.

Each IBC tote goes through a rigorous reconditioning and inspection process prior to gaining approval to re-enter the marketplace as a reconditioned tote making sure all of our totes are of premium quality. With our expertise in the market, AllSource Environmental has the ability to provide our customers with custom programs to suit all of their tote requirements. The goal is to ensure that the container is free from any substances that could compromise the quality of the product you plan to store or transport. This includes leak testing and pressure testing to verify their integrity, per UN/DOT requirements.

If any components of the IBC are damaged or worn, they are repaired or replaced during the reconditioning process. This includes valves, gaskets, and closures. Reconditioned IBCs are generally more cost-effective than brand-new ones. This makes them an attractive option for businesses and organizations looking to save on packaging costs without compromising quality. Of course, reconditioned IBC totes may have minor imperfections like dents or discoloration, but these factors don’t alter the performance of the IBCs.

Understanding Rebottled IBC Totes

Rebottled IBC totes, on the other hand, are containers that have had their inner bottles or bladders replaced with new ones while retaining the original cage or frame. In the original cage, a brand-new bottle and valve have been tested in accordance with DOT/UN standards. This rebottled product is as excellent as a new IBC tote in terms of quality.

The primary focus of rebottling is replacing the inner container or bottle. This is usually done when the original bottle has reached the end of its useful life or if it no longer meets the required specifications. Unlike reconditioned IBCs, rebottled totes keep the original cage or frame intact. This helps reduce waste and environmental impact by reusing the structural components.

Just like reconditioned IBCs, rebottled IBC totes undergo stringent quality control checks to ensure the new inner bottles meet industry standards. Additionally, the cages and pallets of rebottled IBC containers, like reconditioned IBC totes, may have defects that don’t affect performance and are also cheaper than brand-new IBCs.

Which One to Choose?

The choice between reconditioned IBCs and rebottled IBC totes depends on your specific circumstances and requirements. Although they aren’t new, their quality integrity shouldn’t be questioned as they are just as effective as new IBCs. They can also be a cheaper option! However, reconditioned IBCs although meticulously cleaned and tested, are not safe for food storage. Food products and water storage require either a new or rebottled IBC to avoid contamination.

Reconditioned IBCs are a suitable choice when:

  • The outer cage or frame of your IBC is in good condition.
  • You need a cost-effective solution for storing or transporting non-hazardous materials.
  • You prioritize environmental sustainability by reducing waste and reusing existing components.

Rebottled IBC totes are a better option when:

  • The original inner bottle of your IBC is damaged, compromised, or no longer meets your product’s compatibility requirements.
  • You want to maintain the structural integrity of the original cage while ensuring the safety and quality of the inner container.
  • You need a cost-effective solution for storing or transporting hazardous or sensitive materials.

Stainless & IBC Tote Buying and Selling

Whether you are interested in purchasing totes or selling your own totes, AllSource Environmental can help. We are able to offer our customers aggressive payouts for their used totes and ensure the recycling process follows strict rules and regulations.

If volume permits, we can offer a swap-out program to customers who need it. We’re your trusted partner in old IBC pick-up and swapping for a trailer full of reconditioned UN/DOT totes. Contact us today to initiate used IBC tote pick up or to discuss a program that will suit your needs!