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While steel barrels and fiber drums are also commonly used, plastic barrels are often preferred due to the durability of the material and because plastic is not susceptible to corrosion and is therefore able to be used for long term storage without concerns of product contamination. Read Moreā€¦

Plastic Barrels Plastic barrels are a type of closed-top drum that are ideal for the mixing, storage, dispensing, filtration and transportation of many materials both liquid and solid.
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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.

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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. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items.

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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.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

New Hope, PA  |  800-963-1795

Called the "leader in recycling & distribution of drums & containers," Patrick J. Kelly Drums is a 25 year old manufacturer of a variety of 55 gallon drums. Our success has been due to the cooperation, contributions and support of our employees and customers. Our products are used for types of handling, storage & shipping. We also offer intermediate bulk containers & container management services.

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Patrick J. Kelly Drums, Inc. $$$

Crystal Lake, IL  |  847-836-2203

Your source for plastic food containers, plastic containers for paint, coatings, adhesives, chemicals, ink, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals & more! Fox Valley Containers distributes plastic bottles, jars, tubs, pails, drums, pail & drum liners, plastic canisters & the caps, closures, fittings & accessories you need. Total customer satisfaction through Quality, Service, Selection & Innovation.

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Fox Valley Containers, Inc. $$$

Charlotte, NC  |  704-598-2224

Our steel drums are designed, manufactured, and certified to meet UN requirements under DOT 49 CFR. The drums are constructed of first-quality cold-rolled steel and supplied with chemical-resistant epoxy-phenolic lining or unlined. Our dedicated technicians will match you with the product that you have been searching for! We stock many of the most commonly used drum types and sizes. Visit our website today to learn more!

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McManus Drum Company, Inc. $$$
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Typically plastics like nylon and polyvinyl chloride are used to fabricate plastic drums or barrels. These plastics are able to endure a fair amount of internal pressure as well as some of the inevitable wear and tear that results from transportation processes. Especially for shipping purposes, industrial drums are required to meet certain standards, and plastic drums are no exception.

Testing may include drop tests, leak proof tests and weight capacity tests. Barrels are usually constructed according to standards sizes for ease of processing using generic drum handling equipment including tumblers and stackers. However, as with most plastic products, there is room for customization and drums are able to be designed and constructed according to specific requirements in terms of diameters, heights and weight capacities.

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While plastic drums are used in industries such as food processing, chemical, beverage and consumer goods, steel drums are typically used for transporting radioactive, flammable or otherwise hazardous waste materials.

Plastic barrels are used to transport all sorts of liquids and are often preferred to steel because they do not rust. Plastics such as nylon, polystyrene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are specifically used to transport caustic and acidic materials. However, in transporting radioactive, flammable, or otherwise hazardous waste, steel drums are required instead.

Plastic is more susceptible to damage from hazardous waste materials and therefore a more durable material is required for the transportation of those. Plastic barrels are very sturdy, and if needs be can be further reinforced with steel rims to ensure the structure does not collapse under pressure. Tamper proof or security seals can be placed around the opening of drums to ensure the integrity of the contained products.

While not as light as paperboard, plastic is still lighter than steel and therefore also helps to save costs on the price of shipping, especially over long distances. Extra features which can be adjusted include a closure lock of sorts, and a choice of lid material. Non-industrial uses for plastic barrels include water barrels for collecting rainwater, floating components for water docks and as garden composters.

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