56W09B is an 8 gallon (30 liter) blue plastic open head drum with a lever lock ring cover and a UN Rating of 1H2/X61/S. This 8 gallon drum has a high density polyethylene (HDPE) construction which is durable and has good chemical resistance. A snap-on handle allows for easy handling and there are arrows indicating the top of the drum to provide visual assistance during transportation. The drum includes a polyurethane (PUR) gasket for a tight seal.

Key benefits:
  • Includes black lever lock ring closure
  • 8 gallon (30 L) capacity with 9 gallon (33 L) overload capacity
  • UN Rating (1H2/X61/S)
  • HDPE Construction
  • Black snap-on handle

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
Capacity30 Liter, 8 gal.
FDA CompliantYes
Dimensions12.284" (312 mm) Dia. x 20.158" (512 mm) H
Pallet Pack48 ea.
ClosureCover w/Lever Lock Ring Closure
UN Rating SolidUN1H2/X61/S
Q & A
Customer Questions
What is the tare weight of this drum?
Thank you for your question. The tare weight of this drum is 5.2 lbs. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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.
How many pounds will this 8 gallon drum hold?
Thank you for your inquiry. This drum can old approximately 66 lbs. of liquid material and 43 lbs. of solid material. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
What is the weight of this drum?
Thank you for your inquiry. This drum weighs approximately 5.2 lbs. each. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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.
If this were to get knocked over with a liquid inside do you think it would leak?
Thank you for your inquiry. This drum should prevent leaks if tipped over. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company!
Where is the un rated marking on a drum?
Thank you for your inquiry. Markings of UN Ratings are listed on the side of the drum. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company!
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