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

Plastic Containers That Can Hold Food!

Plastic continues to be a top choice across the food industry, from containers being used in restaurants to jars and bottles being popular for small businesses. It is important to make sure the right plastics are being used to hold food products in accordance with the FDA. Our product specialists are available to help explain what the differences are between FDA Approved, Compliant and Food Grade.


High-Density Polyethylene PlasticHigh density polyethylene (HDPE ) is the most commonly used resin. This economical plastic has good impact and chemical resistance, is naturally translucent and flexible. It is 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 171°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
Capacity45.42 Liter, 12 gal.
FDA CompliantYes
Dimensions14.04" Dia. (top inside) x 13" Dia. (bottom outside) x 21.38" H (without lid)
Weight5.83 lbs.
Pallet Pack54 ea.
Pallet Dimensions49" L x 48" W x 54" H
Pallet Weight314.12 lbs.
Country of ManufactureUnited States
ClosureScrew On Cover
Min. Wall Thickness140 mil
GasketVarious Gaskets
UN Rating SolidUN1H2/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.
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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