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Specifying Salvage Drums – Know what it’s being used for!

Once you know whether it will, or might, contain hazardous materials, you can specify the size, material, fittings, and type of lining required based on its use.

If your drum is going to be used to hold hazardous materials, it needs to meet the UN/DOT 49 CFR 173.3 (c) requirement to handle damaged or leaking containers of hazardous material. Some of these drums are constructed of high quality carbon steel, while others are plastic.

There is a range of sizes to choose from as well as various cover types, fittings, linings and colors. If you need help, contact our Customer Service Experts and they can guide you through the decision-making process.

1. Drum Type

BASCO offers only open-head salvage drums to enable easy access because many salvage drums are used to hold damaged or leaking containers.

2. Drum Closures

BASCO Salvage Drums

Drums are available with bolt-type fittings or quick lever lock rings. Some drums feature twist-off covers.

3. Drum Material

Salvage drums are available in high quality carbon steel or a range of sturdy plastics. UN Ratings vary, so it’s important to know what’s required for the material the drum will be holding. Need help? Contact our Customer Service Experts by email or phone.

4. Drum Lining

Available lined and unlined, you need to know whether you need a lining. Our lined drums feature a corrosion-resistant, epoxy-phenolic lining. Our unlined drums feature a rust inhibitor. If you have questions, contact our Customer Service Experts.

5. Drum Size

Sizes range from 8 to 110 gallons.

6. UN Rating

UN (United Nations) Ratings help you comply with 49 CFR regulations.

  • Each type of packaging is tested for a set of characteristics.
  • See the product descriptions for each of our drums, which include its UN Rating.
  • Note that some drums are not UN Rated because they are intended for use with non-hazardous materials.
  • Not sure what you need? Contact our Customer Service Experts.

7. Color

Drums are available only in the color shown for each product listed.

Not sure what's the best solution for you? Need advice? Please call our Customer Service Experts toll free at 1.800.776.3786 or email us here.