The 56WP5W is a 5 gallon open head white plastic pail tough enough to store hardware supplies and secure enough to protect contents. Strong reinforcing ribs guarantee that it will keep its shape. This durable round commercial grade container can be used to safely store or ship products including food, dairy and chemicals. Container and cover can be hot filled up to 180° F, steam sterilized and frozen. Features a tapered design which allows empty buckets to nest for storage and separate easily, while pails with lids are stackable.

Key benefits:
  • 100% Prime Virgin FDA Compliant HDPE Plastic
  • Heavy duty 90 mil wall thickness - .090" +/- .005"
  • Metal handle with plastic grip for comfortable transport of heavy contents
  • Withstand temperatures up to 180° F
  • Includes child warning label printed on pail
  • Food Grade
  • Proudly Made in the USA

Pails vs. Buckets
Need assistance with deciding the best pail or bucket for your applications? Our wide range of buckets and pails allow you to choose the right style for your needs. With countless uses, these containers are great due to their versatility. Discover the Differences of Pails and Buckets and the factors to decide when determining the best packaging for your products.


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 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. The Cary Company does hereby disclaim any and all warranties, expressed or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use. We are not responsible for consequential damages arising from customer's selection and use of containers, container and label dimensions, and/or closures supplied by us.

Additional Information

More Information
Capacity5 gal.
FDA CompliantYes
Dimensions11-13/16" Dia. (outside top) x 10-3/8" Dia. (outside bottom) x 14-5/8" H
Weight2.19 lbs.
Case Dimensions48" L x 40" W x 50" H
Case Weight262.8 lbs.
Unit Pack120 ea. (Nested)
Pallet Pack240 ea.
Pallet Dimensions48" L x 40" W x 93" H
Pallet Weight525.6 lbs.
  • 120 per Unit, Nested
  • 240 per Pallet (2 Units) 97" Height, Nested
  • Lids are packed 80 per unit, 1,560 per pallet
  • 6,240 per 53' Truckload (Pails & Lids)
Country of ManufactureUnited States
SeriesP5 Series
ClosureNo Cover
Min. Wall Thickness90 mil.
Note:For full pallet quantities click here.
*Pail lid sold separately.
*Packed - 120 ea. per unit, 2 units per pallet.
*For orders of 6 pallets (1,440 pails) or more, please contact us for special pricing.
Q & A
Customer Questions
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.
Did you find what you were looking for?


You May Also Like

View the trust certificate
  • For further information on the nature of the review controls, as well as the possibility of contacting the author of the review please consult our  Transparency Charter.
  • No inducements have been provided for these reviews.
  • Reviews are published and kept for a period of five years .
  • Reviews can not be modified: If a customer wishes to modify their review then they can do so by contacting Verified Reviews directly to remove the existing review and publish an amended one .
  • The reasons for deletion of reviews are available here.

4.7 /5

Based on 7 customer(s) reviews

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Yvonne D.   published 07/24/2023 following an order made on 05/07/2023


Pails were fine

Boomer J.   published 11/27/2022 following an order made on 11/07/2022


exactly as described

Anonymous customer   published 11/24/2021 following an order made on 11/05/2021


some of the last pails we got sucked in in cold temperatures.

Anonymous customer   published 04/03/2021 following an order made on 03/26/2021



Anonymous customer   published 11/14/2020 following an order made on 11/10/2020


Products are good

Anonymous customer   published 07/10/2020 following an order made on 07/01/2020


So far very good but learning the business.

Anonymous customer   published 09/04/2018 following an order made on 08/28/2018


Very Good