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. $$$

Dowagiac, MI  |  269-782-7417

Krook Container has been Southwest Michigan’s premier distributor of new, used and reconditioned steel drums, steel barrels, plastic drums, plastic barrels, and fiber drums and barrels for over 25 years. We also offer a wide range of new and reconditioned salvage drums and barrels (UN1A2/Y1.2/100). Contact us by phone, fax or email today for current prices, inventory and delivery rates!

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Krook Container, Inc. $$$

Mableton, GA  |  866-681-7048

Established in 1994 we have been a family owned and operated business ever since the beginning. Our staff boasts over eighty-five years of combined field industry experience and they are dedicated to putting all of that experience into each and every encounter that we are a part of in order to exceed customer expectation every time. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you visit our website today!

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Advance Drum Service, Inc. $$$

Youngstown, OH  |  877-721-1264

At Youngstown Barrel & Drum Co. we specialize in meeting your industrial container needs with an extensive line of steel, plastic and fiber shipping and storage drums, pails and accessories, plus emergency spill response products, poly salvage drums, and a range of other containment products.

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Youngstown Barrel & Drum Co. $$$
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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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