A new development from DS Smith Packaging Germany makes the disposal transport of empty aerosol cans safer: thanks to the material properties and design of the 70-liter corrugated board boxes, the explosion risk is significantly reduced. This tested packaging solution for hazardous goods is offered since April 2012 by metal and plastic container company Krüger Behältersysteme.
This transport packaging for dangerous goods was designed for delivering empty aerosol cans safely from the collection point to the incinerator. Throughout this process, the specially designed lid of the package can be repeatedly closed and opened. At the final destination - the incinerator - the aerosol cans are burned together with the packaging.
The transportation of empty aerosol cans is not free from danger. Gases can escape and thus can lead to a pressure buildup. DS Smith Packaging Germany’s pack has a number of features that make dealing with this dangerous task safe and easy. The most important features are incorporated slots that ensure sufficient ventilation. A PET coating on the inside prevents leaking fluids from soaking and softening the box. This effect is supported by an absorbent floor mat: A mat that can easily absorb up to 0.8 liters of fluid. Additional protection is provided by a high strength adhesive tape made of polypropylene and glass fiber, which improves the overall stability and further optimizes the tightness of the pack.
With this new corrugated packaging solution, DS Smith Packaging Germany combines the best of two concepts. It has the tightness of the traditional plastic drums, but it is better ventilated. Compared to other corrugated board alternatives for the transport of aerosol cans, the solution from DS Smith Packaging is much easier to handle: it requires no additional inner bags and can be quickly and safely erected in a few simple steps. Tabs on the side panels serve as safety locks, into which the lid can be engaged in a stable way. This keeps the lid securely closed even when the box is dropped.
DS Smith Packaging Germany has developed this packaging for dangerous goods company Krüger Behältersysteme. "The new solution meets the exact requirements of our customers," said Jan Kruger, CEO of the company. "Small local waste treatment facilities or workshops need a pack which allows them to deal with aerosol cans in an easier and safer way."
This hazardous materials pack was successfully tested in DS Smith Packaging’s own testing centre which is recognized by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). It meets the General Packaging Requirements for hazardous materials, specifically for aerosols, and the requirements of the Special Provision 327 for waste compressed gas packaging. Also, the drop test specified in packing group III left the packaging unscathed.