Crommelin are a signatory to the Australian Packaging Convenant. Crommelin have developed an action plan to contribute to reducing the amount of packaging waste going into landfill. This is an on-going long term objective.
Crommelin are continually introducing new procedures to maintain a carbon neutral business as part of our commitment to global care. Through recycling programs in our office and factory, Crommelin are reducing our impact on the environment and ensuring a cleaner environment.
As part of this commitment, all Crommelin products are packaged in recyclable containers. Once cleaned correctly, Crommelin buckets can be recycled in standard recycling bins. Below we have outlined the cleaning steps necessary for the different types of packaging used by Crommelin and some handy uses for empty containers.
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Metal Containers – Solvent Based Products
If any excess product remains in the container, pour onto newspaper or sand and allow to cure. Once cured, dispose of newspaper/sand in standard waste disposal. If you wish to reuse the container, rinse remaining solvent with Water Rinsable Degreaser and allow solvent to evaporate. When there is no further signs of solvent, wash the container with warm water and detergent.
NOTE – Drums should not be reused to house drinking water or food products.
Plastic Containers – Water Based Products
If any excess product remains in the container, pour onto newspaper and allow to cure. Once cured dispose of newspaper in standard waste disposal. Allow remaining product to cure inside the container. This will produce a film that can be peeled away from the bucket. Once film is removed, wash with warm detergent and water.
Handy Uses for Empty Drums
• Ensure metal containers are never used to house drinking water or food products.
• Soaking Station – For jobs that use solvent based products, an empty container can be used to soak equipment. Smells can be kept to a minimum by keeping the lid on the container whilst equipment soaks.
• Washing Station - For jobs that use solvent based products, an empty container can be used to wash equipment and allow it to dry. Drill several holes in the bottom of a container and wash equipment, allow the excess to flow out the bottom of the container. You can place a drum under the container to catch this run off for future washing. Equipment can be left in the container and allowed to dry.
• Rubbish Bin – Containers can be used as a convenient rubbish bin at parties or in the garage. The lid can be kept on to reduce smells.
• Collect Rain/Shower Water – Buckets can be placed out when it rains to help with watering plants. If there is no rain, place drums around your shower to capture excess water. Small holes can be drilled into the bottom of buckets for a slow release system for plants. Ensure that small children are kept away from buckets full of water as it is a potential drowning hazard.
• Worm Farm/Compost – Drill small holes in the bottom of the drum and fill with vegetable scraps and fallen leaves. Place in garden and secure lid. Add worms to improve quality of compost for gardening.
• Food Storage – Fill the drum with food and secure the lid. Is ideal for canoeing trips where contents need to remain dry. Can also be hung from a tree to avoid ants and other pests.
• Camp Washing Machine – Cut a hole in the lid of a drum, big enough for the handle of a plunger to fit through. Fill with warm water, detergent and dirty clothes. Push the plunger in and out of the drum to stir clothes.
Low VOC Products
Low VOC produts are lower in Volatile Organic Compounds thereby creating less emissions and less odour. Crommelin are continuing to introduce Low VOC products to our range.
Correct waste disposal is an essential and important part of safe working practice. Every endeavour is made to minimise the quality and quantity of waste generation.