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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.
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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.

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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. $$$

Secaucus, NJ  |  800-526-3786

Your 24/7 one source solution for all your industrial container needs. We are stocking distributors of 1 through 550 gallon containers. UN Approved Packaging, including Plastic Drums, Steel Drums, Plastic Pails & Buckets, Stainless Steel & Plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s), Lined Steel Cans & more. N.P.S. is unmatched in customer service; all items are in stock for on time deliveries.

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National Packaging Services, Inc. $$$

High Point, NC  |  800-334-7109

Since 1977, MegaChem has been distributing a wide range of pails, cans, drums, bottles and jugs to various industries. Some of our quality products include 55 gallon drums, steel drums, plastic drums, 55 gallon plastic drums, steel pails, plastic pails, tin cans and more.

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MegaChem, Inc. $$$

Ontario, CA  |  909-591-2929

B. Stephen Cooperage specializes in reconditioned drums ranging anywhere from 5 to 330 gallons and have been supplying the Western United States for the past 65 years. We are working with the biggest names in the hazardous waste industry today, have an ample amount of inventory, and can delivery at your earliest convenience. Call us to get more information about our competitive pricing.

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B. Stephen Cooperage Inc. $$$
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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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