This section includes descriptive statistics on the industry, along with industry standards, classifications, and codes of operating practice.

Industry Codes 

RIPA Members’ Codes of Operating Practice

– The reconditioning of steel drums, plastic drums, fiber drums and composite IBCs each has its own “Code of Operating Practice”, developed by RIPA and its members to assure that operations are safe, ethical and protective of the environment. Adherence to these Codes is a condition of membership with RIPA.   Each of the Codes is an Appendix in RIPA’s comprehensive guide:  Responsible Packaging Management.

SIC & NAICS Codes for Reconditioners, Manufacturers and Distributors (2022)

– The industry classification codes – SIC and NAICS – are used frequently in many business and regulatory contexts. For instance, bidding for government work typically requires reporting of these codes. This convenient reference could you save you lots of time and effort tracking down this information. Also included here are the current “small business thresholds”, below which the firm is deemed a small business. These thresholds also can be used in many legal, financial and regulatory contexts.


Industry Guidance

RIPA Guidance on Removal of Paints & Adherents from Steel Drum Exteriors  

– This narrative and pictorial guidance was developed to help reconditioners, shippers and safety regulators understand the processes for preparing steel drum exteriors and the need to protect the steel’s thickness and integrity from excessive treatment (e.g., excessive shot blasting, brushing).

Regulatory Data & Tests

DOT Compliance Testing (Tobyhanna) Reports:  Summary and Analysis 

– This slide show presents a summary and preliminary analysis of the LOGSA / Tobyhanna package test reports as formatted and presented by U.S. DOT / PHMSA on the PHMSA website.


Industry Statistics

Industry Survey and Statistics Reports

       -2021 Report

       -2019 Report

       -2017 Report

-2015 Report

2013 Report

2011 Report

2009 Report

– An extensive look at production levels for the reconditioning industry, as well as a detailed profile of the industry’s investments in pollution controls, operational equipment and human resources, over the indicated year. This is an excellent guide for policymakers and container buyers. Also, it’s a useful benchmark against which to measure one’s own reconditioning business or related operations.

The most recent edition – 2021 – also includes an historical look at production levels for drums and IBCs over several years through 2021.

These surveys require extensive data collection and analysis.  They also require participation from RIPA members.  Thank you to all RIPA members who take the time to answer the questionnaires!  Contact RIPA Technical Director, C.L. Pettit, with any questions or concerns.‌


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