This 5 gallon open head plastic pail is crafted of FDA grade high density polyethylene (HDPE). This white plastic pail has a 75 mil wall and a metal handle with a plastic grip. Lids (sold separately) include tamper-evident tear strips, and are available in spouted and non-spouted versions. This durable round container can be used to safely store or ship a variety of products including food, chemicals and hardware. This bucket features a tapered design which allows nesting for storage and easy separation.

Key benefits:
  • Made from FDA Compliant prime virgin HDPE
  • 75mil wall thickness
  • 5 gallon (19 liter) capacity
  • Dimensions: 11.875" Dia. (top) x 10.438" Dia. (bottom) x 14.125" H
  • Metal handle with plastic grip provides comfortable handling when transporting heavy contents
  • Tear strip lids (sold separately) are offered in spouted and non-spouted versions
  • Proudly 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.
FDA CompliantYes
Dimensions11.875" Dia. (top) x 10.438" Dia. (bottom) x 14.125" H
Weight1.95 lbs.
Case Pack120 ea.
Case Dimensions48" L x 40" W x 48" H
Case Weight234 lbs.
Pallet Pack240 ea. (2 Cases)
Pallet Dimensions48" L x 40" W x 97" H
Pallet Weight468 lbs.
ClosureNo Cover
Min. Wall Thickness75 mil
Note:*Pail lid sold separately.
**Packed - 120 ea. per unit, 2 units per pallet.
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.
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