Why Choose Packaging Reuse For Your Reconditioning and Recycling Requirements?

When it comes to industrial standard packaging, high standard of construction and subsequent performance is only half the story. Increasingly, the current economy requires for the efficient and effective use of resources by from a financial and an environmental perspective.

Pakaging Reuse offer the highest standard of Drum and IBC reconditioning. Key to all our undertakings is the maintenance of both performance and environmental efficiency, to the benefit of our customers.

We only utilise modern and highly developed systems when providing either reconditioning and recycling services to our customers. This method of operation provides two key benefits:

  • Ensures that performance is maintained across an extended lifecycle.
  • Guarantees that all environmental practices and requirements are met in line with new WM3 classification and regulation.

These core benefits are ensured by the multi-faceted approach that we utilise, the process includes:

  • The provision of nationwide collection networks of your industrial containers and hazardous waste.
  • The provision of reconditioned industrial packaging which meets Certified Standards.
  • The Certification of both packaging and hazardous waste to UN Recommendations and those laid out in the WM3 legislation.
  • The dedicated reconditioning and recycling of industrial packaging.
  • The dedicated safe handling and removal of all hazardous waste, in line with the regulations outlined in the WM3 legislation.
  • We offer both inspection and test facilities for Dangerous Goods Use, in line with both UN recommendations and WM3 legislation.

Our customers and clients can rest assured that we provide the optimum solution for their waste packaging, both in terms of leveraging the maximum economic advantage and environmental compliance. This is irrespective of the specific option which is utilised, as these two objectives are achieved brand wide, in all our re-conditioning, recycling, reuse and recovery services.

Should you be unsure of the specific qualification of your used industrial packaging and waste regulation, then do not worry! Our team are on hand to provide technical assistance and advice, including the handling of both hazardous and dangerous waste.

For further information about our dedicated reconditioning and recycling services, or to arrange a meeting with our team to discuss a solution for your residual requirements for waste management and packaging recycling, a member of our dedicated customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk

WM3: What You Need To Know

In July WM3, or Waste Management 3, came into force. This is the latest technical guidance provided by the Environmental Agency on how to both assess and clarify waste, building on the previous, no outdated guidance provided in WM2.

In many ways a clarification of existing regulations, it has however placed more onerous expectations on producers of waste, particularly in relation to HP14(FORMERLY H14).

The classification of HP 14 is clarified with H code or Risk Phase equations making it particularly difficult for mixtures of materials and some compounds to achieve non-hazardous by HP14 status. This is particularly true of effluents and filter cakes, the standard fare of many industrial and chemical processes.

This will inevitably lead to increase assessment and analysis costs for companies and potentially restrict the opportunities for waste brokers.

Controversy is also the case with the continued declaration of 15.01.10 contaminated packaging as this is an absolute hazard, meaning large quantities of hazardous waste are being consigned to facilities only licensed to receive non-hazardous wastes. Add to this the regular stories of containers emptied to industry standards as empty 15.01.10 containers yet reported to contain several per cent or up to 40 litres of product mean that there is considerable scope for incorrect or under declaration of hazardous waste streams.

Only bona fide hazardous waste facilities are licensed and capable of receiving these with site chemist, infrastructure and appropriate NSDS assessment and method statements.

Packaging Reuse are one such company, for further details regarding how we can meet your hazardous waste requirements, in line with the current legislation, to aid the clarifications of waste stream. It is now more vital than ever to have a team helping handle such issues as:

  • Assisting in identification and analysis of waste in a cost effective manner.
  • Network all hazardous disposal options from Cemfuel, high temperature incineration, TFS and treatment.
  • Identify product and packaging costs properly as part of the overall waste cost:
  • Waste disposal costs:
  • Cost of packaging
  • Cost of manufacturing on raw materials and/or product
  • Cost of disposal
  • Packaging Reuse’s USP is to quantify all three of these costs.

In order to discuss the compliance of your waste stream with WM3, a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976.

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk


Steel Drums

For the duration of the twentieth century, the steel drum has been effectively used as a means of providing the carriage of liquids. With industries as diverse as hazardous chemicals and foodstuffs, utilising the steel drum as their primary transportation method of choice.

This popularity can be attributed to the fact that the Steel Drum can be safely moved by a single person- due to the fact it is round in shape and can, therefore, be rolled. Due to the fact that the steel drum is incredibly strong, especially compared with other transportation methods, it is considered by many to be the safest transportation method, making steel drums incredibly popular for the movement of hazardous waste.

But what other benefits do steel drums provide?

  •  Safety: due to the strength of steel, these drums can offer unparalleled levels of protection from fire, rupture and leakage.
  •  Durability: The ability to recondition and recycle steel drums offer potentially unlimited levels of reusage.
  • Stackability: Steel drums can be easily and effectively stacked to facilitate effective storage and enable effective transportation, irrespective of environment based factors.


Steel drums differ from other industrial packaging materials in one key way. This is the fact that once a steel drum has been correctly reconditioned, it meets the same legal and safety requirements of a brand new steel drum.

Additionally, steel drums offer high levels of re-use expectations, providing significant financial savings for your business, presently a simple yet effective means of increasing its cost efficiency.


When a steel drum has come to the end of its life it can be effectively recycled. Scrap drums are first segregated, before being processed and made into scrap metal. Due to the fact that it is both magnetic and incredibly strong, steel drums are especially suited to being recycled.

Furthermore, to ensure that scrap resulting from steel drums contributes towards meeting both recovery and recycling obligations, the British Metals Foundation, the British Foundry Association and UK Steel Association, have co-signed an agreement with the Environmental Agency to recognise the retrieval of both commercial and industrial scrap.

Packaging Reuse offer a dedicated steel drum recycling and reconditioning service, this includes the reconditioning of steel drums that have contained hazardous waste in a way which is compliant with the new WM3 requirements.

For further information, a member of our customer service team can be contacted by calling: 0161 848 0976

Email enquiries can be sent to us at: sales@prdservices.co.uk