Are industrial packaging reconditioners & manufacturers “essential businesses”? You bet they are.

As we struggle as a nation to confront and defeat COVID-19, state Governors are issuing lists of “essential businesses” that must stay open to make needed products like sanitizing solutions, lubricants for machinery and much more.  Reconditioners and manufacturers of steel and plastic drums, as well as intermediate bulk containers, provide containers to key industry […]


New Federal Legislation Addressing Plastic Pollution Introduced

Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) have introduced legislation, Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, that would require corporations to take responsibility for their share of plastic pollution and greatly expand the nation’s post-use plastics management infrastructure.  The bill also seeks to set up recycling and reuse systems for empty plastic packaging.  […]


United Nations Acts to Promote Greater Use of Recycled Plastics in Industrial Packagings

On December 5, 2019, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods voted unanimously to allow the use of recycled plastics materials in the manufacture of new intermediate bulk container (IBC) inner receptacles.  If the proposal is approved by the full Committee of Experts in December 2020, it would open a […]


Industrial Packagings are Great Examples of Circular Economy Principles

Nearly 35 million industrial packagings, such as steel and plastic drums as well as intermediate bulk containers, are reconditioned and returned to productive service by RIPA members every single year.  Not only do reused industrial packagings save massive amounts of carbon emissions when compared to newly manufactured single-trip packagings of the same type, they are […]


RIPA Goes “Live” on Social Media

RIPA has taken the next big step towards global dissemination of information about issues of importance to the reconditioning industry.  We’re now “live” on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook! And, we have created a blog on our web site that will be regularly updated with news and articles of interested to members and, importantly, your customers. […]


What Does Empty Really Mean?

Thousands of manufacturing companies in the United States purchase raw materials in industrial packaging, such as drums and intermediate bulk containers. A majority of drums and IBCs filled in the United States contain materials regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or both. Millions of steel and plastic drums, as […]


Circular Economy Legislation – The International Experience

Executive Summary. INTRODUCTION. A relatively recent shift in economic thinking has gained influence in some developed countries. Thinking of the economy as a closed system — as opposed to a linear system — has spawned legislation that seeks to hold waste production and energy consumption within acceptable limits. Examples include elaborate recycling and waste management […]


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