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Skolnik Steel Drums Are the Ultimate in Green Packaging

November 6th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Though steel drums are not new to the world of industrial packaging, they are one of the most recognizable types of packaging that fulfill GREEN initiatives. Being the packaging type that is most used for global hazardous material shipments, the steel drum is one of the few packagings that has it‘s initial life, then depending on the metal thickness, can be reconditioned for another 3–7 lives, and then the exhausted packaging can be 100% recycled. This means that a single steel drum can serve as many as 4–8 shipments of product before being sold for scrap. It’s important to point out that the number of reconditionable turns of the drum is a function of the top, bottom and body wall metal thickness. While many drum manufacturers are reducing the metal thickness to reduce the initial drum cost, this also substantially reduces the number of "trips" the drum will make before recycling. Hence, the small initial savings does, ultimately, increase the cost of packaging. Unlike other packagings that have only a single life, or that are "recycleable" but not reusable, the steel drum qualifies for the GREEN objectives by using our natural resources more efficiently and encouraging reuse and recycling of industrial packaging.

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