Plastic Drums

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Often referred to generically as 55 gallon drums, or blue barrels, plastic drums are widely available in standard shipping sizes which are used consistently across the world. However, for specific applications, custom allowances can be made and height, dimension and weight capacity of a drum can be engineered for a unique purpose or product. Read More…

Plastic Drums Plastic drums are used to store and transport liquids, powders and other materials for a variety of different industries. Further uses include mixing, dispensing, filtering and otherwise processing a number of materials.

Leading Manufacturers

Cranbury, NJ  |  800-260-3786

For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum Company has been a reliable supplier of 55 gallon drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000. Our drums hold petroleum, chemicals, paint food products and more. There are no limits to what the Rahway Steel Drum family of companies can provide. Contact us for more information.

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Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc. $$$

Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. With specializing in containers for environmental hazardous waste and material disposal for over 65 years, we pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items. We at Container Distributors, Inc look forward to hearing from you.

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Container Distributors, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-760-3786

Jakacki Bag & Barrel is the largest nationwide dealer for 55 gallon drums. Since 1942, we have sold 55 gallon drums of all assortments. We emphasize high quality customer service & are dedicated to our drums. In addition to our drums, Jakacki Bag & Barrel offers an environmentally friendly drum disposal service. Contact us for more information on how we can help you with your barrel & drum needs.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Hayward, CA  |  510-887-9277

Family owned & operated since 1983 with a vision for recycling, Containers Unlimited is now the largest reconditioner of plastic pails & drums in Northern California. As a distributor of new & used metal & plastic containers, we offer pails, drums, bottles, caps, cans, pick boxes & totes. Success means putting customers #1. Regrinding plastic & repackaging plastic, glass & metal containers too!

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Containers Unlimited $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  216-441-6214

North Coast Container manufactures 55 gallon steel drums, made to fit our customers' individual requirements. Our drums are most often utilized in the shipping and storage industry. We are an ISO 9001:2000-registered company. We regularly review customer specs to maintain safety and quality.

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North Coast Container Corp. $$$

Jacksonville, FL  |  800-342-8194

Since 1919, Duval Containers has been a leader in the distributing and manufacturing of packaging containers and machinery, glasses, plastics and more. Our products include, but are not limited to steel drums, plastic drums, fibre drums, corrugated boxes, industrial jugs and much more.

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Duval Container Company $$$
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The plastic barrels can be tapered or straight depending on the intended use of the drum, and whether or not it is for transportation purposes. The drums are typically one of two basic kinds: open top or closed top. Open top drums have a removable lid which is typically connected to the cylinder of a drum with a gasket or seal to ensure an airtight fit.

They are typically used to store liquid, or solids such as powders or similarly small materials. Closed top drums have two small bung holes for access on the top of the drum and are therefore used primarily for the transportation or storage of liquids rather than solids. One hole is used to pour out the liquid, the other hole is a breather hole used to prevent the creation of a vacuum within the drum.

Depending on the substance to be transported, and the required durability of the drum structure, different plastics can be used in the construction of plastic drums. Plastics such as nylon, polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are specifically used to transport caustic and acidic materials. Plastic drums are often preferred to steel because they do not rust.

This allows them to be used for extended periods of storage without worrying about product contamination or ruining. There are a number of uses for plastic drums that are no longer required by manufacturers, or that may have acquired a small flaw. They can be used as water or rain barrels, personal composting systems or as the buoyancy components of floating docks.

Furthermore, they are commonly used as trash cans, recycling cans or for general storage. Plastic drums are a cost-effective alternative to steel drums, and they are able to be used multiple times making them more cost-effective long term than fiber drums which are typically one-use items. For those industrial drums being used for shipping or transportation purposes, rigorous testing and quality standards are required to be met to ensure consistent product quality.

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