These are some of the most common questions and answers we get about ordering from us here at Birmingham Tin Box. Hopefully you can find an answer to what you were looking for here, but if not then please do get in touch via our contact page and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.

What are metal pails used for?

Our tin-plated steel metal pails can be used for the safe and secure distribution of a wide variety of solids, paints and liquids.

What are spring clips?

Our steel spring clips are small clasps that you arrange in a triangular formation to safely and securely attach the lid to a lever lid tin.

What does ‘lacquered’ mean?

‘Lacquered’ is a process whereby a lacquer is applied inside of the tin to prevent rust from occurring if water-based products were indented to be placed inside.

What are UN Approved containers?

A UN container is a certified container for the transportation of Dangerous Goods. The most often used container is a fibreboard box. However, there are also drums, jerricans, and others. UN certified containers must pass tests to obtain their certifications, (pressure tests, stacking tests, drop tests, and others).

Approved packaging in most cases (the main exemption being limited quantities) must be certified to UN standards. The international agreements for the carriage of dangerous goods require packaging to be of a design-type certified by a national competent authority. This involves testing the packaging to ensure its suitability for the carriage of certain dangerous goods. Such packaging’s are often referred to as “type-approved” or “UN certified”. Such packaging is marked in particular ways, prefixed by the UN logo and followed by codes.

Can I request a sample?

Yes, you can. Simply contact us via our contact form, send us an email to: or give us a call on: 01213 597974 and we can get samples sent out to you.

What is the Minimum Order Quantity for your products?

This depends on what you would like to order. Some of our products such as our pails can be ordered in units of 1, whereas other products such as our lever tin lids will have a certain minimum number you must order.

Are the plastic pails recyclable?

Yes, our polypropylene pails are 100% recyclable.

Can the tins be printed with my design?

All our tins can be printed on or have labels adhered to them, however, this is not something that we offer.

Can I recycle HDPE plastic packaging?

Yes, our HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is 100% recyclable.

Will my tins, bottles, jars or containers arrive sterilised and ready to use?

No, none of our containers will arrive sterilised as we do not manufacture any food safe containers.

What is the resistance of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for my chemical or substance?

This is a difficult question to answer as it is very dependent on the substance being used in the container. As we do not have specialist knowledge of your product, we recommend requesting samples from us and carrying out your own testing.

Can I hot fill my product?

We do not recommend doing this.

Is the product food grade?

No, none of our products are food grade.

Can I freeze plastic?

No, our plastics are not suitable for freezing. You will need to use specialised plastics for this purpose.

Can I store petrol in stackables?

No, storage of petrol requires very specific containers of which we do not sell.