IBC Totes (Plastic Intermediate bulk containers )

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Caged IBC totes are versatile, highly mobile containers used for the transport, storage, and handling of liquid and solid chemicals. Transportability is a key feature of caged IBC totes. Integrated shipping pallet bases with rigid steel frames provide structure protection for IBCs that feature plastic tanks.

Caged IBC tanks are an effective solution for industries that deal with both hazardous and non-hazardous materials in bulk. Their designs, testing, and approval adhere to the DOT/UN 31HA1/Y standard for packing group II and III materials. A caged tote can hold up to 1.9 specific gravity fluids and is available in 275 gallon and 330 gallon capacities. For transportation, handling operations involving chemicals, acids, corrosives, and caustics, Caged IBCs are the best choice.

Caged IBC Containers

Caged Intermediate Bulk Containers Options

New, rebottled, used and reconditioned IBC totes are available in capacities of 275 gallon or 330 gallon.

New Caged IBC Totes are new and have never seen service before. New IBCs are the highest priced option but carry the benefit of being an entirely new product

Rebottled Caged IBCs are rebottled with new HDPE bladders, and the outer protective cages were previously used but have been refurbished and inspected in compliance with industry standards.

Reconditioned Caged IBCs have previously used inner HDPE liner and reconditioned steel cage frames. Reconditioned IBCs undergo regulation-based cleaning and inspection to ensure they meet and exceed requirements for use. Note, reconditioned IBC totes are not approved for potable water and consumables due to prior use. This option is the least expensive caged IBC model

Used Cage IBCs that have at least once been filled once. They vary in cleanliness and are usually not recommended for new tote users.

Caged IBC Tote Construction

IBC manufacturers follow a global uniform standard, which are in compliance with international packaging regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods and meet customer’s requirements regarding stability, functionality, and packaging reliability.

IBC containers are typically made of at least 5 modular components and may come with additional service equipment and/or external markings.

Inner HDPE Liner “Inner Liner, Bottles, & Tanks”

All bottles are blow-molded with a high-density polyethylene (HPDE) interior and post consumer resin (PCR) exterior. 

HDPE is an industrial strength, durable plastic that is resistant to the corrosive effects of many chemicals. It does not rust and can resist impacts, punctures, and tears. It is also FDA food grade approved and ANSI / NSF 61 certified for consumables and potable water.

IBC bottles are BPA free and FDA approved. 

The bottles have multiple layers and a permeation barrier, preventing contaminants from outside going in, and keeping the fillings from inside coming out.

Bladder certification

Plastic IBC totes are heavily regulated by federal (Title 49 CFR), state, and local governments because of the different material they can be filled with. These regulations help create totes that are safe, effective, efficient tools for bulk materials to minimize work efforts as well as employee and public hazards.

Each composite IBC intended for use according to the DOT Regulations and UN Model Recommendations shall bear visible markings.

If an IBC has a visible UN certification marking, it must comply with all respects of the DOT and UN requirements irrespective of whether or not hazardous materials are to be transported. These markings are internationally recognized.

UN Certified 

A UN-approved stamped bottle means the bottle is safe and efficient to use for regulated products, hazardous materials, and dangerous and sensitive filling goods.

UN-approved bottles are allowed to be filled with high-density filling goods up to 1.9 kg / liter.

High-Level UN-approved bottles can be filled with even denser goods up to 1.6 kg / liter, and can be filled at lower temperatures.


Bottles can also be non-UN stamped, meaning it is safe and efficient to use for non-regulated, non-hazardous materials

Caged IBC Tanks Galvanized Steel Frame

The plastic bladder or bottle is wrapped in a zinc-coated and galvanized steel cage which helps secure the bottle to the pallet and protects it during storage and transport.

The cage allows the unit to withstand dynamic and static loads and also allows it to be stacked vertically to save space.

Caged Bulk Container Pallets

IBCs feature an integrated, composite type pallet base that simplifies product movement and increases mobility. High molecular HDPE and galvanized steel are used for constructing the composite base. The HDPE bottle is supported by a flat steel plate on the unified skid. Forklifts and pallet jacks can operate caged IBC tote pallets due to their four-way and multidirectional steel access channels. From these access channels, one can approach and maneuver a tote from each direction.

Composite pallets are the “standard” solution and they come in frames, skids, and ISO container forms. These pallets are made of a combination of steel and plastic, ideal for impact resistance and handling over the long-term. Composite frames are stiffer for better high-rack performance, and have less pan sagging from the weight of the bottle and its fillings.

Plastic pallets are the “sophisticated” solution and there is only one type. Typically they are a single-piece injection molded made of light or recycled plastics. Their lighter weight makes them easier to handle compared to composite pallets. They are extra hygienic and aren’t prone to contamination making them ideal for moving food quality contents and pharmaceutical products.

Wooden pallets are the “economic” solution and come in the same forms as Composite pallets. They are robust, easy to handle, and offer high rigidity. The standard frames are the simple cost-effective option, but have a short shelf life as wood starts to deteriorate.

Caged IBC Container Inlets & Outlets

For valves and caps, a variety of sizes and fittings are available to meet the needs of most consumers – NPT valves and cam lock valves are the most popular.

Inlets/Fill Cap Options

  • 6″ Black Solid Cap 
  • 6″ Blue Top Fill Port Cap, 2″ Buttress Plug, EPDM Gasket
  • 6″ Top Fill Port Screw Cap, 2″ NPT Plug for IBC Totes

Outlets/Valve Options

  • 2″ NPT Ball Valve for 62mm IBC Tote Outlets w/Cap and Plastic Collar
  • 2″ Camlock Ball Valve for 62mm IBC Tote Outlets w/Cap and Plastic Collar
  • 2″ Camlock Anti-Backflow Ball Valve for 62mm IBC Tote Valve Outlets w/Cap and Plastic Collar

Caged IBC Tote Size & Dimensions

For caged IBC tanks, there are tank capacities of 275 to 330 gallons

275 Gallon IBC Tote Tanks Dimensions
  • Dimensions: 40″L x 48″W x 46″H
  • 60 Empty 275 Gallon fit in a 53’ dry van container
  • Weight: 135 lbs
330 Gallon IBC Tote Tanks Dimensions
  • Dimensions: 40″L x 48″W x 54″H
  • 60 Empty 330 Gallon fit in a 53’ dry van container
  • Weight: 195 lbs

Caged Tote Container Applications

IBCs are commonly used by chemical manufacturers, industrial mixers and blenders, and distributors. Popular industries include:

  • Agricultural
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Road Work/Striping
  • Chemicals and Solvents
  • Oil and Gas
  • Refineries
  • Petrochemical & Lubricants
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Plastics
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Dyes
  • Food and Beverage
  • Flavors and Fragrances
  • Personal Care and Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Landscaping
  • Water Treatment

They are primarily used to move and store:

  • Non hazardous liquids, granulated, and powdered food ingredients
  • Food syrups like high fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup, and maple syrup
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Rainwater collection and aquaponics systems
  • Raw materials for industrial production
  • Hazardous chemicals or goods like corrosives, flammable liquids, pesticides, and radioactive materials
  • Petrochemicals and lubricants

Caged Chemical Totes Advantages & Characteristics

Since caged IBC Totes are intermediate bulk containers designated for the handling, storage, and transportation of liquid and/or granulated materials. The temperature, air, and water in an environment are capable of damaging chemicals and other commodities. Caged IBC containers can safely transport these commodities without experiencing any degradation. It is possible to store products with limited risk and minimize waste caused by potential leaks, spills, and overflows.

  • Cost effective industrial-sized storage tanks
  • Efficient uses of space 
  • Can be reused multiple times
  • Optimal form factor to cylindrical drum containers

Engineered for transportation & storage:

Totes have additional perks over barrels that allow for easier use.

  • Interlocking grooves made for stacking allows for a greater storage capacity
  • 4 way pallets for easy forklift and pallet jack access
  • Less labor & materials is required for storing and transporting

Increased Capacity

Typically 55 gallon barrels are transported 4 per skid. Four barrels on a 48 x 40 is almost identical in size as one IBC Tote.

  • Four 55 gallon barrels = 200 Gallons (757.082)
  • One 275-gallon tote (1000 liters) = Five 55-gallon drums
  • One 330-gallon tote (1250 liters) = Six 55-gallon drums
  • Thus achieving a minimum increase of 20% in volume

Empty totes are stackable 3 – 4 high, while filled totes are safely stackable up to 2 high

Verde Trader & IBC Tote Recycling

Since 2017, IBC Tote Recycling & Verde Trader has been delivering quality service to manufacturers and consumers alike. We offer the largest selection of used IBC totes and work with IBC recyclers across the country in order to help recycle bulk containers responsibility. 

We offer bulk pricing discounts and easy access to our large selection. Please contact us for more information regarding 275 gallon and 330 gallon manufactured containers.