I used to work for a company that did spray foam insulation. There are 2 different chemicals that make up the spray foam. Long story short they cannot find companies to recycle the plastic barrels b/c of the chemical that was in them. The residual that is left in them pretty much either hardens into a thin film on the walls of the barrel which is harmless. Spray them out with some soap and water and you are good to go. I'm in NJ and every time I call to get a few barrels they BEG me to take all of them......like 200 empty barrels. So I in turn clean them out real quick and sell them for $15-20 a piece. I keep 3 or 4 for my use of course.........just an idea for you guys that have space to store them.
I'll have to check into that. As of now I buy a few at a time off CL at $15 a piece.
I usually cut the tops off of them for me but the ones I do sell I usually leave half of the tops on and have a ton of bungs on the side in case they want them for whatever reason. If I get 6 I'll cut 3 tops off and leave the other 3 alone. Instead of you buying them now and spending that hard earned $ you can now make some easy money!!
Would that chemical leach out if it was used as a rain barrel?
Would be great to score some free rain barrels but don't want to poison the garden.
It should be fine...just give it a good wash out at the car wash..
The 55drums are nice but I love the totes....the 300 an 400 ones =P
Every few months, I get a call from a local contractor. The first call I got from him was to pick up 250 empty 55 gallon drums that had liquid roofing compound in them. They are steel, but they do the job. Every once in awhile he has a couple plastic ones in the pile
I now know that I can haul 87 barrels in one go
Last edited by c4f5; 07-06-2011 at 11:57 PM.
Not as long as there is no "liquid" in the drum. It hardens like a lacquer to the sides. It's fairly easy to see as it's a copper/brown color. I think the one chemical is a reddish color.
I wouldn't advise using those in your graywater system without giving them a thorough cleaning. Do you really want to risk your entire garden not to mention your health cause you didn't take 10 minutes to wash out a barrel
You can also pick up free plastic barrels at car washes. that is how they get their soap. I grew up as a mason, so we always needed water barrels on the job and that is where we got them.
What are the 2 chemicals in the drums?
Polyurethane closed cell and Isocyanate in open cell. They both mix with the A side .The stuff that reacts with water. I would not use it for a rain barrel. Can provide link for MSDS
Thanks for the clarification, it's been quite a few years.
Thanks for the info! Can you tell me what companies have the barrels would like to set one up for disel transfer tank and would like to make a couple bucks with others i'm at the jersey shore Toms River area so wont be stepping on your toes.
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