Chemical Container Compatibility

So you’ve separated your flammables from your oxidizers, your acids from your bases, but are the chemicals in the correct type of container?  

 

For general guidelines, Princeton University suggests the following: 

 
Chemical Category Container Type
Mineral Acids Plastic
Bases Plastic
Oxidizers Glass
Organics, including acetic acid  Glass

Take special care in choosing containers for the following wastes:

Nitric Acid: reacts with organics (including acetic acid) to produce heat and gas. If product containers for organics are used to collect nitric acid, be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid potential over-pressurization and subsequent burst of the container.

Perchloric Acid and Organic Peroxides: highly reactive with organics and organic material, such as wood.  May also react with metals.

Hydrofluoric Acid: Dissolves glass containers

 
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