Drum Packaging Guidelines


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TRADEBE works closely with customers to ensure that hazardous waste shipments and packaging are in compliance with container regulatory requirements of the Department of Transportation, (DOT).

Tradebe's Drum Packaging Guidelines (PDF) document is a regulatory brochure designed to aid customers in the development of programs for the proper packaging of containerized wastes.


  1. Proper Identification - Use proper D.O.T specification for Hazard Class.  Verify waste is compatible with container type.  Place marking and labels on container when waste is first placed in the container.
  2. Clean Containers - Use new or reconditioned containers that meet the Performance Oriented Packaging Standards (POPS).  Clean dust, grease, splatters, and smudges from containers tops and sides.
  3. Inspect Before Shipping -   Inspect to verify that the bung is sealed tightly, ring gasket is secure, and vent cap is sealed.  Inspect to ensure absense of creases, ridges, excess rust, dents or crumples.


NOTE: It is TRADEBE's Policy that all non-hazardous containers reflect the same conditions as above.

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In part, regulations require that "each package used for shipment of hazadous materials be ... maintained, filled, its contents limited, and closed so that under conditions normally incident to transportation ... there will be no identifiable (without use of instruments) release of hazardous materials to the environment". DOT Regulation HM215E states in part, "there may be no hazardous materials residue adhering to the outside of the package during transport". Waste containers offered for shipment must be clean and undamaged. Dented containers with waste or waste residues on the outside of the container may require overpacking or other special handling for compliance.