Your guide to UN certified packaging

Our UN carton range and UN certified containers enable you to package and transport dangerous goods in total safety

UN Carton

The first objective when packaging and transporting dangerous goods is to ensure that the contents do not escape. Consequently we stock a range of specialised containers that have been developed to meet these requirements. In addition our range of UN certified fibreboard cartons are also available to hold and protect the inner containers. In order to obtain UN certification both the inner UN certified container and the outer UN carton must be tested together. It is important to ensure that only the correct size and type of inner containers are used.

The approved combination of inner UN container and outer UN carton must have been tested and they are identified by UN specification marking, of which this is an example:

UN carton

The UN codes for packing are:

  1. Drums/Pails
  2. Barrels
  3. Jerricans
  4. Box
  5. Bag
  6. Composite Packaging

Approved construction materials are:

A. Steel
B. Aluminium
C. Natural Wood
D. Plywood
F.     Reconstituted Wood
G.    Fibreboard.
H.    Plastic Material

L. Textile
M. Paper, multi-wall
N. Metal (other than aluminium)
O. Glass, porcelain or stoneware (not used in these regulations

Selecting the correct fibreboard UN carton is most important and requires the following information:

  •  The UN number or proper shipping name of the dangerous goods being shipped
  •  The amount of dangerous goods being shipped
  •  The physical dimensions and weight of the inner packaging that the substance will be shipped in

Only once you have this information can it be determined if the fibreboard UN carton is suitable for the contents.

At Patrico we supply a wide range of UN cartons that are available from stock and are manufactured to approved UN fibreboard specifications. These are available in both 4G and 4GV standards.

4G UN Carton
Both the carton and inner container must be tested and approved together. It is critical that only the correct inner containers are used as per the license. If required we can provide a testing service for you.

4GV UN Carton
4GV specification cartons can be used with a variety of non-tested inner packs. Very often the inner containers are packed with vermiculite granules to provide additional protection.

 Our 4GV outer UN carton range offers an extensive choice of sizes and capacities and they are designed to hold a wide range of inner containers, including Drums, Pails, Barrels and Jerricans manufactured from a variety of materials including plastic, and steel. You should also view our full range of UN certified cartons.

If your business needs to provide safe, secure, UN certified protection for your products then please do not hesitate to speak to our knowledgeable sales team who will be happy to advise you on the most appropriate inner containers and compatible UN carton combinations. You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Please note that it is the packer/shippers responsibility to ensure that the relevant conditions are satisfied.






A time to reflect… and to look ahead

Past achievements and future targets for the UK’s total packaging solutions specialists

Total Packaging Solutions

It’s almost Christmas and another (extremely hectic) year is now drawing to a close. So although it is a time when we can look back with enormous pride on the past twelve months, it also time to look ahead with expectation and enthusiasm for what we truly believe will be a tremendous 2019 for our total packaging solutions service.

Amongst the many achievements that we have seen throughout the year were greatly improved delivery facilities thanks to both our first and second articulated vehicles, that we are pleased to report are environmentally conscious low-emission vehicles. Buyers of our plastic, tinplate, steel, glass and PET bottles and containers, plus our IBC containers, UN cartons and miscellaneous packaging essentials are now assured of even more efficient deliveries and reduced lead times.

Earlier in the year we also acquired additional warehousing space when we secured an extra 17,000 square feet of storage space. This additional resource has enabled us to carry significantly greater quantities of stock and it has proved to be an important contribution to our total packaging solutions success.

Also extending our total packaging solutions service was our policy of recruiting additional sales personnel to further improve our already acclaimed customer sales and support facilities.  

Earlier in the year the Patrico recycling policy was also reviewed and we are pleased to report that we now source much of our plastic, PET and IBC containers from manufacturers who use recycled materials for their production and that the majority of our plastic, PET, glass, steel and tinplate containers are also fully recyclable.

In addition the Patrico Shop retail site, which is designated especially for those customers who require smaller quantities of metal, PET and plastic containers is also open for business with easy to access online shopping and FREE SHIPMENT TO MAINLAND UK addresses.

The Patrico offices and warehouse will close for the Christmas break on Friday 21st December and will re-open for business on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 when we will resume our total packaging solutions service.

From all the team at Patrico Limited …

may we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Protecting the essence of Christmas

Our UN buckets, steel kegs and barrels are an essential ingredient for festive flavours and fragrances

UN Buckets

Bring to mind if you can, all those wonderful flavours and fragrances that you associate with Christmas celebrations: frankincense, spruce, cinnamon, berries, citrus and mint, to name just a few. Every one of these helps to conjure up a whiff of half-forgotten memories and re-kindles the enjoyment of happy times past.

Yet although these timeless tastes and sensual smells are very much part of the festive occasion, they don’t just occur by magic. Each and every one of them has to be skillfully created with a delicate blend of specialist ingredients. Every finished fragrance and flavour has to be carefully and securely stored so that the exotic and sensorial scents do not have a chance to escape and become diluted. Nor must they be allowed to cross-contaminate other tastes and essences. They also need to be transported with a firm guarantee that they will be safe from spillage and spoilage.

The whole production and shipping process is complex and most carefully managed, which is precisely why so many businesses involved in the initial production, the transportation and the final blending and product manufacture, packing and marketing now place their trust and the welfare of their precious products in Patrico’s UN Buckets.

UN Buckets

More and more manufacturers of these fragrances and flavourings specify our plastic UN buckets, steel kegs and steel barrels for use within their production process. The guaranteed quality of the materials, the reliability of construction, the unrivalled security of the fastenings and the wide choice of sizes, shapes and volumes more than meet every single requirement.

For transportation too, our sturdy, security assured steel kegs and steel barrels provide the essential level of safety and protection that product manufacturers demand – on the road, in their warehouses and on their production lines.

Yes, we may be acting behind the scenes, but at Patrico we like to think that we are doing our bit to protect and preserve the essence of Christmas.

If you manufacture, transport, store or use sensitive products, please speak to us now to discover how, with well over 1000 different stock lines, we can almost certainly provide precisely what you require.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Celebrating Christmas with a ‘Cheers’

Our food grade plastic buckets are perfect for Britain’s home brewers

Food Grade Plastic Buckets

Home brewing, whether it is a traditional beer, lager, cider or wine is a year round hobby for many people, but in the run up to Christmas we know that there is a real surge in interest because demand for our food grade plastic buckets, as well as for all our other brewing accessories goes through the roof.

Many of our customers are manufacturers of home brew kits; others are home brew retailers, although we have lots of professional brewers, cider makers and wine producers who also recognise that the outstanding quality, reliability and value of Patrico products just cannot be beaten.

The beauty of our food grade plastic buckets range is that they cater for all kinds of customer needs. With a vast choice of sizes and shapes available, these reusable plastic buckets are absolutely ideal not only for fermentation and mashing, but they are also extensively used for many other purposes. Because they are all fully reusable, along with the fact that they come with secure snap-on lids they are also perfect for the safe, super-hygienic storage of ingredients – both solids and liquids.

As part of our service to the home brewing and wine making market we have also developed an extensive range of accessories that include siphon pumps and taps.

To give you some idea of how we can develop products to meet a customer’s specific requirements, one of our largest home brew customers specialises in selling complete home brew kits. In order to help them meet their unique marketing requirements we created a range of customised food grade plastic buckets to match the precise style, shape and volume specifications needed. As part of our service we also print these reusable buckets with a custom brand logo along with a graduated measuring stripe and we have included a 14mm punched hole in the lid into which a special grommet can be inserted for easier siphoning. Sold as part of a kit or as an individual purchase these Patrico plastic buckets are proving to be a consistent top-seller for our customer.

Food Grade Plastic Buckets

In addition to our reusable food grade plastic buckets the Patrico range also includes a wide selection of bottles that are ideal for the drinks sector. Our 3 litre and 5 litre rectangular PET bottles for instance are in constant demand from the home brewing market while our 1 litre PET plastic bottles are particularly popular with wine makers. Our range of dairy bottles is also being increasingly used by more and more specialist cider makers to sell their products in up-market outlets such as farm shops.

If you have a requirement for specialist containers: plastic, tinplate, steel, glass or PET then please do not hesitate to contact Patrico. You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

In the meantime… it’s almost Christmas… so CHEERS!

How far should we go with our deliveries?

It’s not just the quality of our wholesale containers; it’s the extra effort we put into our service

When we say ‘how far should we go’ we’re not simply talking about distance. You can take it as read that the first class Patrico wholesale containers delivery service covers every part of the UK. No, what we’re referring to is how much extra effort should we put into making sure that all our customers’ every requirement is fully met.Wholesale Containers There can only be one answer… at Patrico we always strive to satisfy every customer’s needs, no matter how challenging. So how far are we prepared to go? Let’s just say the extra mile and very often we’ll go even beyond that!

Being prepared to go above and beyond is what Patrico has built its wholesale containers business, its reputation and its success on.

That is because although we stock and supply only the very highest quality of plastic, tinplate, glass and steel, bottles, jars, buckets drums and containers, we are the first to admit that these products are by no means unique to us.

What does make us different and makes us the best is our unrivalled customer service. Now that is unique! Nothing is too much trouble. No deadline is too tight. We always say that if it is at all possible we will do it. And even on those occasions that it appears to be an impossible request we will still move heaven and earth to try and help out our customers.

In fact we have many customer testimonials praising the quality of our service and the reliability of our deliveries. It is something we pride ourselves on and there have been many occasions when a customer has contacted us to explain how urgently they require a new supply of wholesale containers. The one thing they know they can be confident of is that if it can be achieved they can rely on us one hundred percent to make it happen.

While we may be one of the UK’s leading providers of wholesale containers, we are not too complacent to admit that mishaps can very occasionally happen. What we can promise though is that if we do make a mistake (and it is very rare) then we will spare no effort to put things right as quickly as possible to ensure that a customer does not suffer.

As in any business sector, finding a new customer is always challenging. Losing customers through our own failings is something we will never, ever accept.

So the answer to the question ‘how far should we go to keep our customers happy’ has to be ‘further than anyone else’. As far as is necessary… and then some!

If you are looking for Britain’s best wholesale containers specialist then please do not hesitate to contact us. Let us prove to you that we are by far and away in a class of our own. You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

You can’t beat our drums

You can bang them, bash them, drop them, mistreat them… but you can’t beat our CurTec wide neck drums!

The CurTec range of UN Approved wide neck drums have been supplied by Patrico for many years. We source them directly from CurTec, who are internationally recognised and regarded as manufacturers of some of the world’s most robust drums and containers.

CurTec Wide Neck DrumsBecause we know that so many of our customers demand nothing less than the best, we are always assured that CurTec wide neck drums will never let them down. This unique and iconic range of containers guarantees maximum protection against moisture, tampering and contamination. Not only that, but it also provides positive safeguards against the potential perils that are such an annoying part of transportation and storage of high value products.

CurTec wide neck drums have been proven to meet all the rigorous requirements for the safe shipments of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food ingredients. These high quality plastic drums are all UN Certified (IH2) for solids and although they are not designed to carry and store liquids, you can safely store non-hazardous liquids in them.

Their robust construction means that they provide maximum protection for a broad range of dry solid cargoes; including powders, tablets, granules, pellets and crystals. CurTec wide neck drums have an enviable track record of proven and ideal containers for a massive range of hazardous and sensitive contents.  

CurTec wide neck drums comply with the very latest food safety legislation and the impressive specifications include heavy-duty lids that provide super-secure, tamper-proof peace of mind.

Robust security, although of immense importance, is only one of the many highly appreciated attributes and practical benefits that are designed into each and every one of the CurTec wide neck drums. Other, equally impressive specifications and user benefits include:

  •  Watertight Closure
  •  Clean and hygienic plastic construction
  •  Tamper evident lids
  •  Food Grade Plastics
  •  Easy to handle
  •  Robust and stackable
  •  Reusable and sustainable
  •  Quality manufactured from high-grade HDPE
  •  UN Certified (IH2) for solids

Capacities range from 3.6 litres up to 68 litres

If this list includes the kind of features, specifications and safeguards that you are looking for in your wide neck drums, then you really should contact our sales team to discuss how our CurTec wide neck drums could prove to be exactly what you’re looking for.  Our celebrated service includes rapid delivery and although we say it ourselves… exceptional value for money.

You just can’t beat it!

You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Patrico is helping industry to clean up its act

Our plastic jerrycans and other containers are now in big demand by the cleaning and janitorial sector

 Plastic JerrycansJanitorial supplies… at first glance we have to admit that the subject sounds pretty innocuous. But… when you think about it a little deeper you quickly come to realise that this important industry sector is heavily involved with a huge number of risky, not to say dangerous products that need to be handled with care on a daily basis. It is precisely for this reason that more and more manufacturers are relying on Patrico industry-approved plastic containers to store, transport and dispense their products.

Our impressive, specially developed product range covers an extensive choice of plastic containers, including: plastic jerrycans, plastic buckets, plastic bottles and a wide selection of plastic drums, together with numerous closures, trigger-sprays and dispensers.

This outstanding selection of high-grade plastic containers is entirely made from superior, technically formulated plastic resins using the most modern manufacturing and QA processes to ensure guaranteed quality, ongoing consistency and unbeatable confidence in its performance.

Our plastic jerrycans, buckets, bottles and drums are all available from stock in a comprehensive selection of sizes that range from tiny 15ml bottles to colossal containers capable of carrying 200 litres.

For storage, transportation and for the dispensing of powerful, high-performance cleaning agents, bleaches, chemicals, polishes, soaps, wipes, detergents and so many other janitorial products that can be described as potentially hazardous, our extensive catalogue of containers includes a huge number that are perfectly suited to meet the challenging needs of the cleaning and janitorial supplies industry. No wonder an increasing number of companies within this demanding sector now rely on Patrico to supply all their plastic containers.

Environmentally assured
As well as demanding perfect protection for their products, many manufacturers within the cleaning and janitorial supplies sector are now increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities. That is why all our plastic jerrycans, buckets, bottles and drums are produced from one hundred per cent recyclable plastics. It is a rigorous closed loop ecological policy that is fast becoming greatly appreciated by everyone concerned.

Maybe you are searching for a new and reliable source for your plastic containers. Whatever products or contents they are intended to carry you can be certain that you will discover precisely what you are looking for within the comprehensive Patrico catalogue. We provide guaranteed quality along with excellent value for money that is supported by daily delivery schedules designed to ensure your business runs smoothly and efficiently. You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at: Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Printing Inks? We could write a book.

Why our black plastic buckets and other containers have become so vital to the ink industry

Ink manufacturing and for that matter paint and coatings manufacturing as well, are all extremely challenging and technical processes.  You might not fully appreciate it if you are not closely involved, but there are so many different kinds of inks, paints and coatings … and each and every one will have been specifically developed to meet the unique requirements of a particular process or to produce a desired result.  Whilst at Patrico we are not directly involved with these technical processes themselves, our plastic buckets and jerricans, together with our hugely acclaimed steel drums and tinplate pails, have become indispensible trade accessories and are in their own way, major contributors to the success of many of the manufacturing companies involved.

Our plastic, steel and tinplate containers have proved to be ideal for these specialist processes and products and they are now in constant demand by many of the UK’s leading manufacturers.

Plastic BucketsThe guaranteed quality assurance we apply to all our products is of particular importance where the storage of a wide range of pre-production raw materials – both solids and liquids – plus the safe and secure transportation of the vast variety of finished products is of paramount importance.

Such is the vital significance of these quality assured storage and transportation containers, it is little wonder that so many of the biggest and most successful manufacturers of inks, paints and coating products now rely on Patrico.

Our 5 litre plastic buckets are in constant demand for the reliable transportation of both liquid and solid ink ingredients.  Likewise we also supply 5 litre plastic jerricans to all these industries for the transportation of valuable products.  Over recent years there has been an increasing demand for our steel drums that are available in a wide range of capacities, together with different lidding, fastening and dispensing configurations. We have also found that there is a growing call for our tinplate tapered pails that are available from 1 litre up to 30 litre capacities and with a range of finishes and fastenings.

Plastic Buckets








If you are involved in the ink, paint or coatings manufacturing industries and you would like to know just why our plastic buckets and jerricans, steel drums and tinplate pails have become the number one choice for these demanding industries; or if you would like to know more about our extensive range of specialist containers, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at:  Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Doing our bit to find the pollution solution

All Patrico plastic bottles are fully recyclable

There’s a lot been said and written about discarded plastic bottles, trays and containers that are blighting our environment.  Many retailers and especially the major supermarkets have promised to examine the problem and some of them have committed to ensuring that their plastic packaging will eventually be recyclable … although they say that this may not be fully effective for quite some time.  At Patrico we think that the plastic waste problem is more urgent than that!  There has to be a more immediate pollution solution.  Which is why we have made sure that all our plastic bottles – and caps – are already manufactured from fully recyclable plastic.

Plastic Bottles

This is a subject that we have been very concerned about for a number of years now and over that time we have strived to ensure that all our plastic bottles adhere one hundred per cent to our own rigorous recycling code of conduct.

None of the plastic bottles available within our extensive range need to be disposed of in landfill or by incineration.  Everything can be returned, reclaimed and re-used within future production processes that these days can extend across a massive range of products from garden furniture to fashion wear.

The Patrico recyclable plastic bottles range encompasses both round and rectangular bottles that are available in sizes from tiny 30ml up to capacious 1.1 litre capacities.  They can be specified in either high density (HDPE) or low density (LDPE) polyethylene and they are available in both natural clear and white pigmentation with other colours available to order.

We also offer a wide range of caps, closures and spray heads; and all bottles can be personalised with your own print design.

You might suppose that our recyclable plastic bottles policy would leave us feeling rather pleased with ourselves.  Well yes it does, but we believe that we can still go further and that we can make an even bigger impact on the scourge of today’s plastic disposal problem.

Here is one way we are already doing that.

In addition to our range of fully recyclable plastic bottles we are now also making available a super-ecological range of Post Consumer Recycled Plastic (PCR) bottles that are not only recyclable … but which have been manufactured from 97 per cent recycled material.

That is a double whammy pollution solution!

At the moment these PCR bottles need to be specially ordered and they are not yet available from stock.  Although they are not approved for use within the food industry, they are most suitable for most other industrial applications.

If you share our concerns about plastic pollution and you want your products packaged in fully recyclable plastic bottles then please speak to us to find out how we can help you to achieve your pollution solution objectives.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at:  Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Preserving our reputation for customer service

Patrico glass bottles and jars are ideal for this fruitful time of the year

At Patrico we have an extensive range of glass bottles and jars that are constantly in demand by customers both large and small.  They are used to store a massive selection of products that range from tablets and semi-solids, to sauces, foodstuffs, powders, crystals and of course lots of pharmaceutical and laboratory applications.  This time of year, however, sees a significant spike in demand from a totally different market sector, because Patrico glass bottles and jars are unbeatable when it comes to jam making and fruit preservation.

Actually the market profile of our order book also changes during August and September.  Yes, of course we still receive many enquiries and orders for our glass bottles and jars from our regular large customers.  The difference is though that we also see a boom in enquiries from what we would describe as small seasonal customers.  These include artisan food specialists, farm shops, country food producers, associations such as the WI and of course from many individuals who love to capture and preserve the wonderful natural flavours of the seasonal fruits and vegetables that reach their very best at this time of the year.

The extensive range of Patrico glass bottles and jars is absolutely perfect for the bottling and preservation of a whole range of natural produce.

Glass Bottles and Jars







Our choice of clear glass bottles and jars comes in all shapes and sizes starting from small 30ml and going up to beyond 1 litre.  Literally there are glass bottles and jars for every requirement from small round and square preserve jars, artisan clip-top jars and of course a wide selection of sizes including both metal and plastic screw tops that are absolutely perfect for jams, pickles and preserves.

A special on-line shop for smaller customers

Many of our customers are, of course, large organisations who order vast quantities of our glass bottles and jars.  We recognise, however, that especially at this time of year, many customers require only limited quantities for their small business activities or even for their personal use.

That is why we opened the Patrico Shop,

This on-line buying facility offers a wide choice of plastic, glass, tinplate and steel packaging in small convenient quantities to suit business start-ups, small operations and individual hobbyists.

The Patrico Shop specialises in supplying small quantities that are dispatched on a daily basis with the aim of delivery within 1 – 3 days.  Best of all we offer FREE DELIVERY TO ALL MAINLAND UK ADDRESSES.

Take a look at our extensive range of glass bottles and jars by visiting the Patrico Shop at:  If you can’t see exactly what you’re looking for please do not hesitate to contact us and we will always do our very best to help.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212. You can also email us at:  Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.