Pressure Rinsing

Before containers (jugs and drums) can be accepted for recycling, they must be rinsed of all residues after use. Only dry, residue-free rinsed containers are accepted at collection sites.


Why is rinsing important?

It is required by law.
It improves the return on your investment.
Properly rinsed containers are classified as clean, solid waste.


How do you make sure your containers/jugs are properly rinsed? Check the product label instructions and follow the rinsing procedures.

For Pressure Rinsing Jugs:

  • Empty contents of container into spray tank, turning the container so that any product trapped in the handle is allowed to flow out. Once flow is down to a drip, allow the container to drain for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Immediately begin rinsing procedures or the product may become difficult to remove.
  • Hold the container so the opening can drain into spray tank.
  • Force tip of the pressure nozzle through the lower portion of the side closest to the handle.
  • Connect nozzle to a clean water source of at least 40 psi. Turn the nozzle inside the container to assure good coverage of all sides, including the handle.
  • Rinse for at least 30 seconds.
  • Rinse cap under water coming out of the drum and into the spray can and then dispose of cap appropriately as regular solid waste.
  • Drain all rinse water into the spray tank.

For Pressure Rinsing Drums:

First read the procedures for triple-rinsing containers as they contain important information. The following modified procedures for rinsing drums may require two people.
  • Be sure drum is completely empty.
  • Drill a pilot hole in the bottom of the drum and then position the drum opening over the spray tank so that rinsate will empty directly into the tank.
  • With the water turned off, use the pressure rinse nozzle to widen the hole in the bottom.
  • Turn water on and rotate the nozzle inside the drum so as to rinse all sides.
  • Rinse drum for at least 30 seconds or until rinsate runs completely clear.
  • Rinse cap under water coming out of the drum and into the spray can and then dispose of appropriately as regular solid waste.
  • Turn water off and replace the tip guard on the nozzle.
  • Store drums under cover where they will be protected from rain.