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What to consider when buying plastic buckets and pails.

February 03, 2012 at 3:14 PM

As with any commercial packaging, how good the plastic buckets and pails look is a fundamental consideration when purchasing. Whoever you’re considering purchasing from should be able to offer a range of different shapes, and also finishes. And because there are so many different applications and uses for buckets, and plastic containers in general, selecting the right product demands close scrutiny.

Of course, in this time of austerity, many buyers just look for the best price available. However, if this means quality is compromised, it may cost more in the long run. This can also be made worse by potential damage to your reputation, should the plastic buckets not be up to the job. To this end, due diligence must be taken before purchasing.

Do they practice quality control?

Look for a company that tests their containers, particularly under the conditions that you intend to use them, ideally with your company's product inside. This may mean testing for compression, crack resistance, lid strength and temperature tolerances.

Of key importance is to assess the potential supplier’s quality control procedures. Companies that operate ISO 9001:2008 must demonstrate ability to consistently provide products that meet strict requirements. The company must aim to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of a quality management system, including processes for its continual improvement.

For obvious reasons, food containers require special attention and your chosen bucket or pail supplier should be able to supply you with containers compliant with all relevant rules and regulations.

However, there are also many rules governing the production of buckets and containers for non-food products. One notable legislation is the United Nations requirements for containers holding hazardous materials.


Are they capable of matching your specific requirements?

Flagship plastic container suppliers, such as H&O Plastics, regularly undertake contract moulding projects to produce buckets and pails that meet a variety of requirements, for instance UN containers (see above). These moulds, although designed for one environment, can be adapted to use in other surroundings, complete with separate branding if necessary.

A good supplier will be able to supply buckets and pails in a wide variety of colours including company colours.

If you are looking for an established, reputable supplier of any kind of plastic containers, buckets or pails, telephone us on 0151 639 0002 for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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