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Recycling Services & IBC pick up

Container Technology provides recycling and washing services at our two West Coast cleaning operations located in Portland, OR and Riverside, CA. Staffed by some of the most experienced personnel in the industry we pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service, superior quality of work and “just in time” processing times. Container Technology is a long time member of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association which ensures all our employees and procedures are up to date with the latest new DOT/EPA packaging and sustainability packaging guidelines and laws. When you choose to send your totes to Container Technology for service, be rest assured you are getting the absolutely best value on your investment.

IBC Tote pick up program:

RCRA Empty and California Empty

Containers that have been contaminated with hazardous waste are exempted if they are empty. There are two measures to determine if a container is empty:

RCRA Empty

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According to federal regulations, a container is considered empty when all wastes are removed using common practices and:

    • There must be no more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) remaining in the container,
      — or —
      containers less than 110 gallons  must have no more than 3% remaining,
      — or —
      containers over 110 gallons  must have no more than 0.3% remaining in the container


  • Compressed gas cylinders are considered empty when the pressure in the container approaches atmospheric pressure.

  • Containers holding acutely hazardous materials must be triple rinsed.

A RCRA-empty container may be managed as a non-hazardous waste under the federal rules but it is still considered hazardous waste in California.

California Empty

In California, a RCRA-empty container is still a hazardous waste unless it also meets the Title 22 CCR requirements for “empty”.

Cal Empties

If a container meets the “drip/dry” standard, the “empty” container may be managed as follows:

  • A container of 5 gallons or smaller may be disposed in a non-hazardous landfill.

  • A container larger than 5 gallons must be reclaimed for scrap value, reconditioned, remanufactured or refilled.

  • Containers holding aerosols [Title 22 CCR §66261.7(m)] must be completely discharged of contents and propellant before disposed in a non-hazardous waste landfill.

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A solid supplier to Sierra Chemical Co since 2007. Dependable, responsive and competitive with an emphasis on quality. Would highly recommend their products and services to any company.”
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