UN Approved Packaging – Drums, IBCs, FIBCs

We supply the following UN Approved Packaging:

Steel Drums: 30ltr – 200ltr
Open Top (Solids)
Bunged (Liquids)
Combi (Liq & Sol)



Plastic Drums: 10ltr – 200ltr
Open Top (Solids)
Bunged (Liquids)



IBC: 1,000ltr



UN Approved


Due to the significant volume of UN Approved Packaging that our Company uses every year, we are able to offer our Client’s the benefits of our bulk purchasing power.

Our Warehouse in Little Island, Co. Cork holds large stocks of supplies including UN Approved Drums, IBCs, FIBCs, etc. If you use any of the packaging listed above, let Lehane Environmental quote you for your next order.


IBCs are intended for years of service and there are rules for their inspection (ADR IBCs will also be marked with their inspection record (ADR Plastics packaging (including plastic inners of composite IBCs) is normally limited to a life of 5 years (ADR Some grades of nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid further limit the life of plastics packaging (see special packaging provision PP81 appended to packing instruction P001 and B15 appended to packing instruction IBC02))

IBCs are not always maintained well. Clues such as distorted fittings, inner receptacles (bottles) that don’t seem to fit properly inside the outer (cage), or missing corner pieces indicate that there might be problems that are worth following up. It is the packer’s responsibility to ensure that packaging is compliant.

From 1 January 2011 IBCs will have to carry a new symbol that shows stacking capacity more clearly. See ADR IBCs made before that date may continue to be used unless remanufactured or repaired in which case the new symbol will have to applied.


Re-use of Packaging

ADR contains no specific ban on the re-use of packagings. Drums are commonly re-used, but the packer or consignor needs to be sure that the drum is in a fit state and that it can be used in accordance with the conditions set out in its certificate of packaging performance. This might include reference to the type of closure. It is common for packaging as a whole (including caps and sealing elements) to be certified. Accordingly the packer should have access to the certificate and work within its limitations. Due diligence would require such a course.

Where drums are returned to the original packer for re-use, it would be expected that all the necessary conditions for adequate packing could be met, but other users will have more difficulty.

There is no objection (under this legislation) to packagings being used for substances that are not dangerous for carriage. Similarly, packagings could be used for on-site storage subject to risk assessment and requirements of other legislation

We also stock a large range of Absorbents, Spill Kits, Pads, Socks, Booms, Drip Trays, Bunded Pallets, etc.