Metal and plastic drums are used to deliver a variety of goods in the market. Once used and surplus to the needs of the user of the goods, the drums are discarded, these containers usually find their way into the public for various uses in businesses and homes. This type of packaging is a resource that is too good to waste which should be returned for safe reprocessing and re-use.
The environmental hazards associated with the drums are dependent on its former contents and need to be appropriately managed so as to not result in environmental harm and health of the people. The drum reconditioning industry plays an important role as they can remove the residual chemicals in the drum which can harm the environment and the health of the people who use them.
The re-use of the drum for the delivery of goods is the preferred practice, followed by the recycling of the metal or plastic of the drum. Disposal is the least preferred option in accordance with the Waste Management Hierarchy. RPMSA highlighted that less than 10% (1 million) of the approximately 10 million containers or drums manufactured annually get collected for re-use or recycling.