The easiest way for containment and transport of hazardous chemicals is through barrels. Barrels are made with mainly three materials, the first one being steel, with plastic and fiber on the list. These materials have proved to be of efficient use by industries for the containment, packaging, and storage of products, for several years now. However, the strength of the manufacturing material each of these drums and barrels, make them more suited for some tasks compared to other.
Out of these several types of materials used to make drums, steel is the most efficient and useful in the process of containment and transportation. Given below are some reasons to why steel containers are better than the others.
Why Choose Steel Over Plastic?
Steel drums have been a forever favorite when it comes to containers for several different industries and uses. It is the first choice of material, over the other materials in several cases, because of its re-usability as steel is stronger, heavier and more easily reconditioned than several different materials.
Several materials are being transported or contained that could react with bare steel and needs to be put in a lined drum or another compatible package. Drum linings are specially designed to minimize interaction with the contents and help protect both the product and the steel drum which is holding it, from being compromised. There are several tests that take place before the actual transportation, which help guarantee the maintenance and safety.
Another modification of steel barrels come with the alloy of stainless steel which is so far considered to be safest and reliable material for industrial grade containers. Stainless steel drums have been a favored choice for the storage and transportation of chemicals, consumables, and various other hazardous. However, in recent years, plastic containers and drums entered the scene and boasted their superior lightweight and flexibility. In spite of the short-lived fame of the plastic containers, there is a reason stainless steel drums are still considered the gold standard. Not only do steel barrels ensure levels of durability and sanitation that porous plastic cannot, but they are also vastly more eco-friendly.
Why Not Choose Plastic?
Plastic has been quite the topic of discussion this year, because of its adverse effects on the environment. Several studies have shown how the amount of discarded plastic in the ocean will triple in the next decade. If this warning becomes a reality, in ten years there will be more plastic in our oceans than there are fish. Plastic pollution has reached its peak in recent years, which is why every industry and household is shifting to other eco-friendly materials, like steel.