Be advised that if you are using containers in a food processing, confectionery or pharmaceutical environment that containers can be manufactured with just a portion of recycled resin and still maintain a color other than black. This practice will make the seller of the plastic container or product more competitive, but you must utilize a plastic liner to prevent direct contact with the container. All it takes is one visit from the USDA and one plastic bin sample showing resin is not 100% virgin to cause BIG problems. Be sure to receive confirmation that the bin or pallet you seek to purchase for your USDA needs is USDA compliant by requesting the MSDS sheet and certificate showing the plastic resin is FDA approved.
Containers and reusable packaging manufactured with recycled HDPE resin are ideal in industrial settings where products or ingredients that are not at risk for contamination. Users of reusable packaging made of recycled HDPE may also experience shorter lead times, as used or refurbished items are more likely to be readily stocked and available to ship at a moments notice.
AIM regularly stocks refurbished plastic knockdown bulk boxes (with 2 drop gates), many of which are a mix of different colors; some being all black. Sizes vary based on height and footprint, the most common LxWxH dimensions being 45x48x34, as this is – by far – the most commonly used footprint for knockdown containers nationwide. Other knockdown footprints do include 48×40 and 32×30. Heights will vary from 25″ high up to 50″ high.