This UN Rated 5 gallon (18.92 liter) white threaded plastic pail with a plastic handle is made with FDA grade high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. Durable and chemical resistant, this pail features smooth walls that offer ample labeling space and are tapered to allow for easy nesting. This pail is used with a screw-top lid (sold separately) that offers a moisture resistant, air-tight seal. Lids for this pail include spouted and non-spouted versions. Lid's Life Latch mechnism secures contents after initial opening and releases with a thumb push. When used with compatible lid, container is UN certified for Liquids Groups II and III. This pail is suitable for various storage needs including liquids, dry goods, food and bulk retail applications.

Key benefits:

  • Made of FDA grade HDPE plastic
  • 90 mil wall thickness
  • 5 gallon (18.92 liter) capacity
  • Smooth walls provide generous labeling space
  • Screw on lid offers air-tight seal
  • Lid's Life Latch mechanism secures contents and is released with a thumb push
  • UN Rated UN1H2/Y30/S for Lid without Spout
  • UN Rated 1H2/Y1.5/30 for Lid with Spout
  • 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
Capacity5 gal.
Dimensions12.03" Dia. (inner top) x 10.51" Dia. (outer bottom) x 16.46" H (without lid)
Weight2.83 lbs.
Pallet Pack72 ea.
Pallet Dimensions40" L x 48" W x 52" H
Pallet Weight203.76 lbs.
Country of ManufactureUnited States
ClosureScrew On Cover
GasketEPDM Rubber Gasket
Note:*Pail covers are not included and are sold separately.
**Pallet orders are shipped bulk packed.
Q & A
Customer Questions
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.
How many cubic feet in a 5 gallon pail?
The simple conversion of measurement of 5 gallons is 0.803 cubic feet. However, this is for the nominal capacity of the pail. The actual (overflow) capacity of a pail can vary from model to model. To calculate the full volume in cubic feet, for cylinder pails, you need to multiply π (3.14) x the pail radius (in feet) x the pail height (in feet). To calculate the volume for square pails, multiply the pail's length x width x height (in feet).
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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