Reconditioned Drum Closures & Accessories

Con-Tech global sourcing offers a wide variety of reconditioned drum closures and accessories which we exclusively supply in the Americas for Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd., an ISO 9002 certified worldwide supplier of  Tite-Seal™ plugs and Tite-Seal™ flanges. We also have a full line of leak lock plugsplug gaskets, and other related accessories. All of Con-Tech’s reconditioned drum closures and accessories are in stock and ready for immediate delivery. Con-Tech’s wide range of reconditioned drum closures and accessories offers reliable cost-effective security for all of your reconditioned drums.

Best Uses of Reconditioned Drums

An EPA publication recognizes that the “benefits of reconditioning steel drums are considerable. New drums cost nearly $20, and reconditioned ones are about $12. Thus, at waste disposal sites where there are thousands of drums, the potential reclamation value could be significant. Moreover, reclamation would help to alleviate a nationwide shortage of reconditionable 18-gage drums.”

Industry sources have long recognized that emptied steel drums can be reconditioned or recycled many times over, making them eminently sustainable.

Many discussions about reconditioning emphasize that the best use of an industrial container is its reuse. Organizations of manufacturers of reconditioned and new steel, plastic, and fiber drums, as well as intermediate bulk containers, work hard on their members’ compliance to the myriad rules governing the recycling process. Manufacturers of new industrial packaging and their North American suppliers do the same while emphasizing the importance of safety and reliability.

In drum reconditioning, empty, used drums are cleaned, re-shaped, assembled with the appropriate lid, drum ring and/or fittings, painted and recoated where needed. The method through which a drum is cleaned and reconditioned depends upon the drum’s prior contents and its construction.

All steel drums must have the heads removed prior to reconditioning. Steel drums that contained paints and related items are burned in drum furnaces at high heats, while open head steel drums which previously housed solvents and similar items are washed with high-pressure alkaline-based solutions and steam. After cleaning, steel drums are straightened, reshaped and blasted with steel shot before painting, recoating and assembling with the appropriate drum lid, drum ring and/or drum fitting.

Poly Drums are reconditioned with alternating submersion and high-pressure alkaline solutions, while fiber drums are usually cleaned with air, high-pressure steam and/or alkaline rinses and then visually inspected before reassembly. Visual inspection and leak testing to satisfy DOT and UN regulations are part of the final reconditioning process of all steel and poly drums.

Drum Closures for Reconditioned Drums

Drum closures for reconditioned drums are devices used to seal these drums in order to protect the contents against air, dirt, liquid and other contaminants during transportation and storage. Reconditioned drum closures also maintain the shelf life of the contents and provide a means of reclosing and reusing the drum. The reconditioned container closures are covered with cap seals to prevent tampering and further protect the contents.

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For more information on our reconditioned drum closures and accessories, click the RFQ button, email or call 1-504-523-4785.

Did You Know?

Virtually all steel containers can be reconditioned or recycled for reuse. This ranks steel drums high in sustainability and leads to significant back-end cost savings. Several studies have shown that industrial container reuse saves hundreds of millions of pounds of carbon emissions (CO2е) every year. Reuse is far more environmentally beneficial that scraping or disposal.


A steel drum may be reconditioned up to six times and maintain its certification, depending upon the thickness of the steel and the propriety of its handling and reconditioning.

A Closed Head Drum is a drum in which the top or head of the drum is separate from the body of the drum. Lids of closed head drums are secured with wings.

A Tight Head Drum is a drum in which the top or head of the drum is permanently attached to the body.

Rolling hoops are the ribs at both the top and bottom of a barrel as well as at each third of the barrel’s height.

The 55-gallon steel drum holds an average of 55 gallons or 208 liters of material, though the exact amount varies with the exact composition and design of the barrel.

Typically, a 55-gallon steel drum is 33.5 in/851 mm tall with a standard diameter of 22.5 in/572 mm, though some designs may be narrower and taller.

The particulars of each drum can vary. The industry standard thickness of the steel is between 0.9 and 1.5 mm (20-16 gauge steel) although some steel drums can be made with walls as thin as 0.6 mm (24 gauge).

Steel drum contents may vary from chemicals, food, oil, water and wine, to nuclear waste. Given their structural integrity, steel drum may store or transport bulk liquids, powders and solids, as well as hazardous materials.

The reconditioning thickness for steel drums is the minimum gauge set by federal regulators for reconditioning or recycling of steel drums. As of now, steel drums constructed for re-use (per CFR 173.28) must have minimum wall thicknesses of 0.92 mm or 20 gauge.

Steel drum life is the number of times a steel drum can be reconditioned or recycled. A steel drum may be reconditioned up to six times and maintain its certification depending upon the thickness of the steel and the propriety of its handling and reconditioning.