reconditioning, the drum is cleaned, reformed, often fitted with new components, tested for integrity then refinished and
reassembled. In this way, the same drum can be re-used many times. In addition, we recycle drums that are no longer
serviceable. This assures that they are properly disposed of and don't end up in a landfill. The drum is thoroughly
cleaned with a chemical wash or furnacing, then crushed and processed as clean scrap metal.
Used drums are obtained from several different sources. Drums that have contained regulated materials
and are intended for reconditioning or disposal, must be accompanied by an "Empty Drum" Certificate. This
signed document assures us that the drums, as received, are in accordance with DOT rules and regulations. When the drums
are off loaded in the receiving dock, they are sorted and graded according to previous contents, drum construction and overall
condition of the container. Openhead drums are sent to our "burn out" furnace to await cleaning. Tighthead
drums that are deemed suitable for reconditioning, are separated into groups based on the condition of the drum's interior.
Basic drum cleaning, both inside and out, is accomplished using a caustic soda solution. This is followed by a fresh
water rinse. Then the drum interiors are rinsed, using a high pressure steam jet. The drums are then vacuumed
to remove any remaining water. The drum's interiors are then inspected, using a special light to insure all of the cleaning
steps have been adequate. If any discrepancies are found, that drum is put back through the cleaning process. Next, as many dents as possible are removed from the drums. The next step in the
process involves an internal pressure test to make sure there are no leaks in the container. Our pressure test
exceeds requirements because we believe that the additional pressure will help eliminate any leaks which might occur after
filling. This test takes place in a water bath with the drum in a horizontal position. The drums are then conveyed
to a buffing station where all remaining labels are removed. The drum is then prepared for the paint process.
After painting, the drums are put into a bake oven which allows the paint to be ‘fast cured'. Finally, each and
every drum is visually inspected using an interior drum inspection light to make absolutely sure all of the previous steps
have been followed and the drum is in fact, ready for shipment.
It is important to NOTE that
when drums are received for reconditioning and they are not suitable to put back into the market place, they still must be
cleaned prior to being crushed and placed into the metal scrap collection box.
plastic drums are received for reconditioning, they go through the same cleaning process as the steel tighthead drums with
the exception of temperature reduction in the washing process to eliminate deforming the sidewalls of the plastic containers.
Steel drums are safe, cost effective and easy on the environment, making them the smart choice for the reliable
shipment of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Steel drums provide safe transport for about 50 million tons of material
worldwide each year.
Virtually all steel containers can be reconditioned or recycled for reuse, which
ranks steel drums high in sustainability and leads to significant back-end cost savings. And because U.S. Department of Transportation
incident rates indicate that steel drums are the safest containers, insurance rates for steel drum shipments are the lowest.
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