What To Do With Your Used IBC Totes

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) are widely used in various industries for storing and transporting materials. When these containers reach the end of their life cycle or are no longer needed, businesses face the challenge of proper disposal. 

However, to make this process easier and more sustainable, collaborating with a reputable environmental service provider like AllSource Environmental can offer valuable solutions. In this blog, we will explore the options for handling used IBC totes.

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Recycling used IBC totes is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option. AllSource Environmental (ASE) specializes in IBC tote recycling, ensuring that the totes are properly cleaned, decontaminated, and processed for recycling. This process helps to conserve resources and minimize waste sent to landfills.

Furthermore, ASE also offers customers competitive payouts for their used totes for the purpose of reconditioning and reselling them, so you don’t have to. 

Reconditioning & Reselling

If your used IBC totes are in good condition, consider reconditioning them for resale. As mentioned above, AllSource Environmental specializes in cleaning, refurbishing, and certifying used IBC totes for reuse. By reselling these totes, you not only minimize waste but also recover some of the initial investment.

At ASE, each IBC tote must pass a rigorous reconditioning and inspection process to ensure that all of our totes are of the highest caliber prior to gaining approval to re-enter the market. Once the totes are received at the plant we thoroughly evaluate each individual one. Our highly-trained employees will determine whether the tote is suitable to be reconditioned or scrapped where it will be 100% recycled.


Another option for used IBC totes is repurposing them for alternative applications. There are many creative ways to repurpose these totes, such as converting them into rainwater collection systems, compost bins, or storage containers for non-hazardous materials. Repurposing not only extends the lifespan of the totes but also promotes sustainability and reduces the need for new materials.

Do your research on how to best repurpose IBC totes before attempting them on your own. Some ideas may require professional assistance or tools, while others are simple to do on your own. Check out some of these cool IBC repurposing ideas for home use. 

Waste Disposal

If your used IBC totes cannot be recycled or repurposed, proper waste disposal is essential to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. The last thing you want to do is act on recycling or repurposing IBC totes without proper knowledge of procedures or regulations. This can lead to more problems than you started with. Make sure to do your due diligence and abide by all laws. 

AllSource Environmental can handle the safe and compliant disposal of these totes, ensuring that they are properly managed and disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. Which makes one less thing you have to worry about. 

Leave the Work To Us

Working with AllSource Environmental offers the added benefits of expertise in compliance, cost savings, and environmental stewardship. We can assist customers in maintaining accurate records and documentation required for regulatory compliance. This includes documentation related to waste disposal, recycling, and any other necessary permits or certifications.

Outsourcing these services allows businesses to focus on their core operations while leaving the complex and time-consuming tasks of waste management and environmental compliance to the experts. This streamlines the process, saves valuable time and resources, and ensures that all aspects of IBC tote disposal are handled professionally and responsibly.

By properly disposing of used IBC totes, recycling whenever possible, and exploring repurposing options, businesses contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to waste management. This not only enhances their corporate social responsibility but also improves their reputation among customers, employees, and the community.

To learn more about AllSource Environmental and our services for handling used IBC totes, call us at 844-927-8311 or visit our website