An IBC Tote or an Intermediate Bulk Container, (also know as IBCs, IBC Tank, and a Tote), is a UN/DOT permitted large shipping container that is manufactured to specified standards, volumes, dimensions, bases, maneuverability, pressure-relief, and engineering standards for design and material options. Common IBC tank volume capacities are 330 Gallon and 275 Gallon totes which are used for the storage and freight transportation of potentially hazardous materials and food grade materials.
Types of IBC Totes
IBC Totes have a range of different sizes of 45” x 45” x 50”. Metal IBC containers have base dimensions: 48 x 42. Another common IBC base size is: 46 x 46. Typically 60 totes can fit on a standard 53 foot dry van, They come in the conditions of Used, Reconditioned, Rebottled, and New.
Common Industries that use IBC Totes
- Chemical Process Industries
- Industrial Processing
- Energy Sector
- Power Generation
- Food and Beverage
- Chemical manufacturing
- Health care solutions
- Water and Waste Water
What to do with Used IBC Totes
These containers are very valuable to companies around the united states. In 2021 there was a shortage of containers and many companies where paying hundreds of dollars per tote. Now the price of tote can vary drastically, while some many be a hundred dollars per tote others may cost hundred dollars per tote to remove. The main determining factor is what was previously held in the container. Anything related that can be considered food grade may go for somewhere in the ballpark of $50 per tote if they are in good condition. The majority of companies that rebuy and recondition totes are looking for how easy it will be for them to remove the previous material and clean the tote.
Recyclers are also looking for a large quantity of totes on a consistent basis. If you only have a couple totes lying around its best to just list them on the internet if you want to sell the. The stand price for a run of the mill ibc tote is anywhere from $10- $50 dollars when sold to tote recyclers. If you are looking for closer to what you paid for the tote new, you are going to have to sell directly to an individual or business
IBC Totes that are not valuable
If your containers previously contained haz mat material or anything related to pesticides or herbicides they may be harder to remove, or to get paid for. These agricultural totes often time have no reuse valuable and will have to scraped for health and safety reasons. Many tote reconditioners may offer free pick up services but will not provide payment