One of the most popular solutions for storing and transporting liquids is certainly the classic blue plastic drum. Industrial plastic drums are one of the most commonly used storing, packaging and transporting solutions. Made from tough rigid plastic, these drums can last for a long time and can be sealed incredibly well. This means that they are often used to transport oils, juices, food flavourings and colourings, sauces and other liquids. We supply both open top plastic drums and tight head plastic drums here at ITP, all available in a number of different sizes. While most often used in the food industry, our plastic containers are all UN approved making them suitable for the transport and storage of hazardous materials such as chemicals and detergents.
Universally recognised as one of the most reliable and long-lasting industrial storage containers, our blue plastic drums are secure, hardwearing and suitable for storing and transporting a range of different goods. We supply two main kinds of plastic drum:
Open Top Plastic Drums
Supplied with a securely fitting lid that is entirely removable, our open top plastic drums can be tightly and securely sealed with a steel clamp. We supply open top drums in four sizes:
Our open top plastic drums come with the following features:
Tight Head Plastic Drums
We also supply entirely sealed tight head plastic drums. These drums come with an unremovable lid for extra sealing and security of the product. We supply tight head plastic drums in two sizes:
Our tight head plastic drums come with the following features:
One of the primary reasons that plastic drums are a popular option for storage and shipping is that they can carry almost anything. A plastic drum made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) is suitable for carrying chemicals such as pesticides. Likewise, a food-grade plastic drum is suitable for carrying syrup or wheat. Plastic drums are versatile and can likely be used to meet all of your storage needs.
Plastic drums are commonly made out of high-density polyethylene or HDPE, just like the plastic drums offered by our company. Other forms of plastic such as low-density polyethylene or LDPE and polypropylene or PP can also be used to manufacture plastic drums.
Being able to clean and reuse plastic drums with relative ease adds to their appeal of being versatile. However, the product that was previously carried in the plastic drum will determine the best method of cleaning. For chemicals, a water-based solvent and a high-pressure hosepipe may be the best option. Conversely, common household items can be just as effective. Adding a few tablespoons of chlorine bleach to several gallons of water or scrubbing with baking soda can do wonders for plastic drums that carried foodstuff. However, note that washing your plastic drum will not make it fit to carry anything. Never carry food or beverages in a plastic drum that carried toxic chemicals, no matter how clean the surface looks.
When made with HDPE, plastic drums are strong enough to store diesel fuel. However, it’s important to note that plastic drums are only a short-term storage solution. How long can you store fuel in a plastic drum? Under the right conditions, fuel can be stored for a maximum of six months. Following this period, the material of the plastic drum will begin to deteriorate. This will result in leaks, spelling disaster for your container, your fuel and any place where the plastic drum was stored.
The durability of HDPE makes plastic drums a suitable storage option for industrial oil. The key to making this storage option last is the conditions under which the oil is stored. Keeping the plastic drum covered, in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight will help to preserve your oil.
Finding a suitable water storage solution can be crucial, whether the water is intended for personal use, commercial agriculture, or disaster relief. While plastic drums are one of the best options for water storage, you must also consider the maintenance of your stored water once locked inside a plastic drum. Untreated water technically won’t expire; in theory it can be stored in a plastic drum indefinitely. However, it is strongly recommended that the stored water be changed every six months. If not stored properly, water can become contaminated and unfit for consumption. Even in a food-grade plastic drum there is a risk that the material can leach into the water.
Environmental sustainability is important to our company. Therefore, we encourage you to consider recycling your plastic drum after it has served its purpose or exceeded its life expectancy. Generally, this can look like depositing your plastic drum with a waste management company or recycling centre that will disinfect it, then break it down into small pellets for different purposes. However, in case this isn’t an easily accessible option, consider reusing or repurposing plastic drums with minimal damage. This can look like using them for personal storage of large items or storing rainwater for gardening. HDPE is a durable material that has other uses outside of storage and shipping as a plastic drum.
Need a durable, reliable and cost-effective plastic drum for storing or transporting your goods, then you’ve come to the right place. Please get in touch with us today to discover more about our great range of plastic drums and to find out how we can help provide you with exactly what you need. ITP Packaging is here to deliver the packaging solution you need with our range of drums.