Empty Drum Recycling

Rineco’s drum recycling service offers the solution to concerns about empty drum risk and liability. Through the destruction of chemical residues and the recycling of the decontaminated container, Rineco provides a worry free one-stop source for drum management.

The Process…
When empty drums arrive at Rineco, they are recorded, placed on a tracking system and are processed within 48 hours. Metal drums are processed as they pass through the Container Decontamination Unit (CDU), an oven fueled by natural gas with temperatures above 1500o F. The high temperatures destroy the chemical residues leaving ash. This ash is tested and blended on site into an alternative fuel source for cement kilns. Decontaminated drums are then crushed and sent to steel mills for recycling. Plastic and fiber drums are shredded and directly processed into waste derived fuel. Rineco’s complete approach to drum recycling ensures proper handling and efficient management of empty drums so customer exposure is minimized.

Our drum recycling services are environmentally sound, meeting all local, state and federal regulations. As an environmental leader, Rineco’s drums recycling service supports the Chemical Manufacturers Association’s (CMA) Responsible Care initiative, a continuing effort to improve the industry’s responsible management of chemicals.

Management of Ash and Steel Drum Recycling…
Once drums are decontaminated, Rineco provides on-site management of the remaining ash and residues through fuel blending. In this step, ash is blended into fuel, then sent to cement kilns for use as an alternative fuel source. After steel drums complete the decontamination process, they are crushed and shipped as scrap metal to steel mills for recycling.

Certificate of Recycling…
Operating on the cradle to grave philosophy on which the RCRA was founded, Rineco provides the customer with the peace of mind of knowing your fully decontaminated drums have been either recycled or reused by issuing a Certificate of Recycling for your records.