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Plastic drums are one the most cost-effective types of shipping containers on the market in four key areas:

  • Durability:

    Plastic drums can be designed to keep products secure in rough environmental conditions. Our Tamco® Closed Head Drums are rotationally molded for consistent wall thickness, superior durability and high stability.
  • Reusability:

    Plastic drums are 100% reusable and recyclable, making them more economical while reducing their impact on the environment. They just need to be thoroughly cleaned after each use to prevent cross-contamination. Food smells may linger as well, even after a thorough cleaning. Check out our Tips for Shipping and Storing in Plastic Drums & Barrels for more information.
  • Leak-Proof Security:

    Closed head drums are great for storing liquids. Unlike open head drums with their discrete lids, closed head drums rely on molded-in bungs for transferring liquid, so you can ship and store your products without worrying about leaks, spills or product loss. Certain open head drums are also created for shipping and storing liquids. Just remember to check the manufacturer's specifications and any certifications on the product such as its UN Rating.
  • Low Cost:

    Plastic drums are generally more affordable to produce than metal storage containers. They are also lighter and require less energy to produce and ship, resulting in lower costs and a smaller carbon footprint.


Metal Plastic Fiber
Product & Shipping Cost High Low Lowest
Weight Heavy Light Extraordinarily light
Reuse & Recycle? Reusable & recyclable Reusable & recyclable Recyclable
Product Compatibility Dry or solid products Dry or solid products Dry or solid products

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Title: Benefits of Plastic Drums & Barrels
Description: Comparison of metal, plastic & fiber drums.
Published: 11/20/2019
Last Edited: 5/4/2020
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