Frequently asked questions

GO GREEN and save the planet while saving money!

EZ-Bulk is 100% RECYCLABLE!

  • EZ-BULK sustainable packaging uses 50% less corrugated material than its competitors; EZ-BULK'S octagonal shape allows for less corrugated material without compromising its strength.

  • EZ-BULK'S light tare weight makes it easier and less expensive to dispose.

  • The liners used in EZ-BULK are made with 90% less plastic compared to polyethylene drums making further strides in reducing carbon footprint and being a leader in sustainable packaging for years to come.


1. Can I ship EZ-BULK or EZ-SET overseas?

YES - we have an export unit perfect for shipping in 40ft sea containers and we can maximize 20ft sea containers as well. Contact us today to find out.

2. Are EZ-BULK & EZ-SET pallets suitable for export shipments?

EZ-BULK & EZ-SET pallets are heat treated and ISPM-15 certified to be transported for export shipments.

3. Can Paper Systems' products be purchased by international customers?

YES. Paper Systems' products can be shipped knocked down flat to be freight effective to markets around the globe.


1. Are Paper Systems' products environmentally friendly using sustainable materials while lowering my company’s carbon footprint?

Absolutely yes! We source our corrugated raw materials from Sustainable Forest Initiative Certified Facilities which in turn reduces your company's carbon footprint.

2. Can Paper Systems' products save my company warehouse space?

Yes. Paper Systems' intermediate bulk container systems compared to 55 gallon drums can save up to a 96% warehouse space savings!

3. Has Paper Systems implemented sustainability initiatives?

Paper Systems continues our partnership in sourcing electrical needs from Mid American Energy by using readily available wind energy which is naturally abundant here in Iowa and making further efforts to get away from fossil fuels for electrical needs. Also, all corrugated waste is bailed, recycled, and reused with long standing partnerships with local recycling services so the corrugated waste generated by Paper Systems is 100% recycled as we continue our goal towards zero waste as a company. Our raw material poly bag liner film suppliers have sourced solar for their electrical needs thus the solar panels generate approximately 510,000 kilowatt hours annually. This 510,000 kWh translates to a savings of 352 metric tons of CO2 not released into the atmosphere. Paper Systems is very active implementing sustainability initiatives and will continue in the future.


1. How do I know Paper Systems manufacturers quality products for industrial applications?

Paper Systems is BRCGS certified for bulk packaging materials. Paper Systems has been a leading manufacturer in the IBC liquid container market both for disposable intermediate bulk containers and returnable intermediate bulk containers for over 25 years.

2. Can Paper Systems' products be used to ship hazardous liquids?

No. Paper Systems' products have been approved for over 20 years by the International Safe Transit Authority and has a long standing National Motor Freight Classification for non-hazardous liquids only. Customers will have the verify compatibility between their product and the inner bag liner construction requested for the individual application.

3. Can I ship food grade products in Paper Systems intermediate bulk container systems?

Yes. All of the liners are made from FDA approved raw materials and are Kosher and Interstate Milk Shippers certified. Halaal certification is available upon request.

4. Do you have specialty liners with high barrier properties to meet my oxygen sensitive needs?

YES. You tell us your needs and we have a wide variety of films to choose from to meet various applications and market segments. Irradiation services are also available upon request.

5. Can Paper Systems design a custom solution for my specific needs?

Yes. Paper Systems has a creative team with over 150 years of industrial packaging experience to create a solution to fit your needs. Contact us a today to start moving your project forward with Paper Systems.

6. What food certifications does Paper Systems have in place?

Paper Systems is BRCGS certified achieving an "A" rating from a third party auditor which is the highest rating possible. The Global Food Safety Initiative quality program exceeds ISO 9001:2008 with the additional food safety standard requirement. Paper Systems became GFSI / BRC certified in the fall of 2015. The Global Food Safety Initiative is Paper Systems' commitment to food safety and quality for all food applications and this certification is unmatched in the IBC container markets of either returnable IBC's or disposable IBC's as Paper Systems was the first to achieve GFSI certification. This global food safety and quality standard ties in with the BRC Global Standard so no matter where your company ships your products domestically or abroad, you are insured Paper Systems' products have the highest food safety standards in place. Within the GFSI food safety approval, Paper Systems only uses Interstate Milk Shipper (IMS) dairy and Kosher certified bag liners which are manufactured from FDA approved resins and films to meet the most stringent customer requirements.

Paper Systems BRC Certificate

Paper Systems IMS Dairy Certificate

7. What is the BRC packaging standard?

The BRC Packaging Standard can be used by any manufacturer producing packaging materials for all types of products - from food to consumer products.

BRC designed this standard to help adopt good manufacturing practices and supporting quality management systems. This will help develop and manufacture safe, legal packaging materials that meet the quality levels expected by customers and end users.

The standard splits the packaging industry into five material areas:

  • Glass
  • Paper and Board
  • Metals – cans and foil products
  • Plastics – rigid and flexible materials
  • Wood and other materials

And also recognizes two levels of hygiene risk associated with different types of packaging materials. These are the high hygiene risk category that applies to materials that come into direct contact with food. While non-food packaging is under the low hygiene risk category. The requirements of the standard are listed separately depending upon the level.

The Standard consists of six sections:

For any packaging quality management system to be effective it is essential that management personnel are fully aware of the requirements and are committed to the implementation.

The basis for the program is an effective Hazard and Risk Assessment that is based on the principles from the internationally recognized Codex Alimentarius system.

Sets out requirements for the technical management of product quality and hygiene practices, building upon the principles of ISO 9000. This includes requirements for product specifications, supplier monitoring, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls.

Sets out expectations for the production environment including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control and waste management.

Includes the requirements at the product design and development stage including process control and product inspection and testing. This includes a specific section on managing foreign body and chemical controls.

The standards needed for staff training, protective clothing and personal hygiene.

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8. Does Paper Systems have traceability standards in place?

Yes. Paper Systems takes great pride in making sure all of our products are sourced from approved vendors and all materials meet our internal quality specifications and food safe standards. Paper Systems closely monitors quality with our product traceability system. This system identifies product batches that enable us to trace all component parts of all raw materials in your complete packaging system. Records are maintained and easily retrievable to ensure our customers continually get the best quality product possible.