This UN Rated 12 gallon (45.42 liter) white threaded plastic drum is made of FDA grade high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. Durable and chemical resistant, this pail features smooth walls that offer ample labeling space. This drum is used with a screw-top lid (sold separately) that offers a moisture resistant, air-tight seal. Cover closes by twisting the lid in place and is secured with a Life Latch mechanism that releases with a thumb push. When used with compatible lid, drum is UN certified for Solids Groups II and III. This container is ideal for granulated and powdered products, as well as other applications.

Key benefits:

  • Made of FDA grade HDPE plastic
  • 140 mil wall thickness
  • 12 gallon (45.42 liter) capacity
  • Screw on lid (sold separately) offers air tight seal
  • Lid's Life Latch mechanism secures contents and releases by pushing lever up
  • Smooth walls provide generous labeling space
  • UN Rated UN1H2/Y53/S for Lid without Gasket
  • UN Rated UN1H2/Y40/S for Lid with Gasket
  • Made in the USA


High-Density Polyethylene PlasticHigh density polyethylene (HDPE ) is the most commonly used resin. This economical plastic has good impact resistance, is naturally translucent, flexible and typically used for personal care products such as shampoo bottles. Adding color will give HDPE an opaque look that will result in an increase in weight and rigidness. We have a variety of these rigid and tough high density polyethylene products in stock, from containers, pails, bottles, caps, tubs and jugs. HDPE works well in below freezing temperatures. HDPE heat compatibility varies. Maximum fill temperature is generally around 145°F; however, testing is recommended with your specific product and application.


This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer's responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility.

Additional Information

More Information
Capacity 12 gal.
Color White
Material HDPE
FDA Approved Yes
Dimensions 14.04" Dia. (top inside) x 13" Dia. (bottom outside) x 21.38" H (without lid)
Weight 5.83 lbs.
Pallet Pack 54 ea.
Pallet Dimensions 40" L x 48"W x 52"H
Pallet Weight 314.12 lbs.
Country of Manufacture United States
Condition New
Closure Screw On Cover
Min. Wall Thickness 140 mil
UN Rating Solid UN1H2/Y40/S, UN1H2/Y53/S
Note: *Drum covers are not included and are sold separately.
**Pallet orders are shipped bulk packed.
Q & A
Customer Questions
Does this open head plastic drum come with a cover?
This open head plastic drum contains a removable lid for full, convenient access.
Can I use a heating blanket or band on this open head plastic drum?
Yes, we have heating bands specifically designed to heat plastic drums.
What is a lever lock closure on this open head plastic drum and how does it work?
The lever lock ring securely seals the drum. Simply place the ring around the drum and close the lever to seal. To open, lift the lever to release.
Are open head plastic drums food grade?
Reconditioned drums are not typically FDA-approved for food grade. Our new open head plastic drums are FDA approved for food or pharmaceutical storage.
What are open head plastic drums typically used for?
Open head plastic drums are versatile containers that are popular in a variety of industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, and industrial. Open head plastic drums can also act as a rain barrel or storage container for chemicals, oils, and more.
What is a threaded plastic pail typically used for?
Made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), this threaded plastic pail is FDA compliant and safe to use for storing food and beverages. Due to its safety lid features, threaded plastic pails are excellent for storing potentially hazardous chemicals and industrial products.
What kind of threaded plastic pails do you offer?
The Cary Company offers twist and lock threaded pails, screw top threaded pails as well as gamma seal lids that provide extra security.
Is this plastic pail child resistant and senior friendly?
Yes, all of The Cary Company’s threaded plastic pail options are child resistant and senior friendly.
Are all threaded plastic pails screw top?
Not all threaded plastic pails are screw top. We offer two screw top types that create a moisture resistant, air-tight seal: life latches and lite latches. Life latches close by twisting the lid in place and releases with a thumb push. Lite latches close by twisting the lid in place and releases by pushing the mechanism up.
What does the Pail Series mean?
Our pails and lids are classified as part of a designated Series, which makes pairing this pail with a compatible lid easier. Simply match the size (e.g., 5 gallon) and series (P5 Series) of the pail and lid to find a proper fit.
Can this round plastic pail be used for food products?
If the pail is FDA approved (listed under the Additional Information section of this product page), then it is safe to store and transport food and food ingredients.
Do you offer labeling services for this round plastic pail?
Yes, we offer design services, as well as screen printing, label printing and application services. You can request a quote from our design team by calling 630.629.6600 or emailing Sales@thecarycompany.com. For more information regarding the services we offer, please go to our Design Services page.
Can I use a pail heater for this round plastic pail?
Yes, you can use a pail heater with this pail. However, be sure the heater can be used on a plastic pail and find out what temperature the pail can withstand before applying the heater.
Can you ship internationally? Where are you located?
The Cary Company online ordering platform is only set up to ship within the United States. For international shipments, please contact us at 630.629.6600 or Sales@thecarycompany.com, and we will be happy to process your order. Our main warehouse and office are located in Addison, Ill. We also have warehouses in across the United States that you can see here. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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