They also have use in recreation and emergency and emergency planning.
Just a few examples of items into which 55 gallon drums may be repurposed include: trash bins, rain barrels, compost bins, horse feeders, deer feeders, horse racing barrels and flotation devices. Used metal 55 gallon drums make excellent makeshift cooking grills. Used plastic drums are particularly well-suited to garbage disposal, recycling and composting, as their polyethylene base makes them dent, corrosion and rust resistant as well as appropriate for both indoor and outdoor usage. These are often used in public spaces or at crowded outdoor events, such as parks, festivals, carnivals, concerts and college campuses.
Used 55 gallon drums often are sold with various markers, which may be confusing to a potential purchaser. Such markers include “food grade,” “non-food grade,” “open top” and “closed top” or “tight head.” Drums described as food grade have previously contained some sort of food product in them, be that wine, juice, coconut oil or cereal. It does not distinguish between liquid, solid or allergens.
Used food grade drums are generally safer for repurposes like water storage. In some cases, used food grade drums may be used to store drinking water in case of emergency, but it is important to find out what was previously contained in the drum. Non-food grade drums previously contained chemicals of some sort, which were often various cleaners.
Non-food grade barrels are considered unsafe for the storage of human food or drinking water. Used 55 gallon drums that are described as open top may have a lid that is completely separate and removable. Or, they may have an attached lid that may be lifted and locked back into place. Closed top drums, also called tight head drums, do not have a lid, but rather offer access to their contents via two bung holes for filling and emptying.
These access points may be plugged with stoppers. Used 55 gallon drums may be bought online from individual sellers or companies or in person from various local retailers.