Why we don’t refill old bottles

Everyone wants to do their bit for the environment by re using old plastic bottles, however when it comes to re using old bottles that have previously contained chemicals it can become quite dangerous.

The reason that it becomes so dangerous is because it can put the workers at risk when they have to refill the bottle as there could still possibly be traces of the product that was previously in the container which could result in a dangerous reaction of the chemicals.

By putting a new solvent in an old bottle, it could also taint or contaminate the new chemical that you are trying to store which could also result in a bad reaction or it could not work for its intended purpose.

Although you cannot re use these bottles you can recycle them the same way you would with any other plastics. Before you do this however you should always make sure that you have drained all of the chemical out of the container and make sure it has been washed out.  Alternatively, you could take it to a community recycling centre and they could recycle it for you but you still need to make sure there you wash the container out and there is none of the chemical left inside.

It is very important that all solvents get disposed of correctly as it can be very dangerous and harmful to people and the environment around them.

 


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