IBC Launder

Let us take care of inspecting, cleaning and pressure testing your IBCs. We’ll collect and return anywhere in the UK.


The Benefits

Cleaning and reusing your IBCs is far more cost-effective than buying new ones each time.

Hassle-free collection and return

Our end-to-end laundering service includes hassle-free collection and delivery across the UK. We’ll collect your IBCs and drums, then return them to you inspected, cleaned and pressure tested.

Quality service

Our purpose-built facility has been designed to process your IBCs and drums in the most sustainable way while still ensuring a high standard of cleaning and decontamination.


Sustainable process

Regular cleaning extends the lifespan of your IBCs and drums.



Reusing IBCs and drums is more cost-effective than buying new.


Avoid cross-contamination

Thorough cleaning reduces the risk of cross-contamination.

Our laundry process

Our laundering process includes inspection, cleaning, and leak testing to ensure your IBCs are safe to use.


External clean and inspection

Old labels, dirt, and residue are removed from the exterior.


Internal clean and inspection

IBCs are inspected for damage before a full internal clean.


Internal Drying

IBCs are manually dried and then machine-dried.


Leak testing

Clean IBCs are pressure tested to ensure integrity.


Valve inspection

The valves are fully pressure tested, and the caps are cleaned.


Foil seal placed on valve

Foil tamper seals are applied before caps are replaced.


UN dates checked

Any UN label over 4
years and 6 months
will be removed.


Inspection label

Your laundered IBCs will be returned with QA stickers in place.


Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, but if you can’t find the information you need, get in touch. Our friendly team is happy to help.

Regular cleaning reduces the risk of bacteria
growing inside your IBCs and drums, which can
cause microbiological contamination. This is
particularly dangerous where IBC contents are
for human consumption.

Regular cleaning also extends the lifespan of
your containers, which means you won’t need to
replace them as often. This is better for the
environment and your bottom line.

With regular cleaning, inspecting and testing, you can expand the lifespan of your IBCs and drums, but they will not last forever. If you notice any leaks, cracks or damage to your containers, you should replace them. We can recycle your old IBCs and drums when they reach end of life.

If your containers are no longer required but are still in good condition, they can be reconditioned for resale. If they are no longer fit for purpose, they can be shredded and granulated, ready to be recycled into other plastic products.

We provide both of these services.

Damaged IBCs and drums should not be put back into circulation. If they can not be repaired, they can be recycled.

As an environmentally conscious business, we try to minimise the distances our vehicles travel without a full load.

If your business is local (Yorkshire), we’ll collect a minimum of 32 IBCs or drums. Nationwide, we’ll collect a minimum of 52. If you have a smaller load, let us know – we may be able to coordinate it with other pick-ups or drop-offs in your area.

Alternatively, you can arrange your own transportation of IBCs and drums to our facility.

If an IBC fails a pressure test, we retest after 10 minutes. If the IBC fails a second time, we mark as failed and will advise you of our findings.

UN-approved IBCs must be periodically tested and certified at five years. If your IBC has less than four months left before the inspection is due, we remove the UN label to reduce the risk
of it going back into circulation before the inspection.

No. We conduct general external and internal inspections before cleaning your IBCs and drums, but we do not offer UN-approved periodic testing.

Sectors we specialise in

Any business using IBCs or drums can benefit from our services, but the key sectors we work with include:


"C.O'Donovan supply all our IBCs and provide a fantastic all in one solution.”


Joe - Transport Director

"A highly reliable IBC laundering service. We have been using C.O'Donovan for a few years now and can't recommend them enough.  .”


Rebecca - Facilities Manager

"We use C.O'Donovan for all our IBC needs and can highly recommend their service.”

Pharmaceutical Company

Sarah - Operations Manager

Let’s discuss your IBC and drum container requirements.

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