Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd - The Tank and Drum Experts

extensive stocks for fast nationwide delivery or collection - 01594 833308  "Excellent service and comms."
Registered with the Environment Agency and members of the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd:

  • are a long-established family business with plenty of experience and know how
  • leading independent stockists of tanks, drums and fittings supplying a UK wide customer base and Europe too
  • we have extensive stocks and our bigger buying power means competitive prices too
  • not just new tanks - many of our products are recycled, re-usable, re-purposed, remanufactured, reconditioned and recyclable
  • we responsibly source from trusted businesses
  • supplying industrial, agricultural and domestic customers
  • you can book fast nationwide delivery or you can call in and collect from our Gloucestershire depot
  • registered with Environment Agency, members of the FSB, members of SEDEX, members of the Equality Register

Some of our customers, past and present:

  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Forestry Commission
  • London Underground
  • BBC TV - we have drums on a Dr Who planet
  • RAF Fairford
  • Pinewood Studios
  • Gloucestershire CC
  • St Thomas' Hospital
  • Leith Docks Glasgow
  • Swansea University
  • Chessington World of Adventure

to your excellent service we would like to make yourselves our primary supplier."
 email from Wolverhampton customer

We have developed into a small dynamic, company providing huge stocks of tanks, drums and fittings etc throughout the UK and parts of Europe. Combined with the expertise and knowledge to go with them. We have been at the forefront of environmental issues having been responsibly sourcing and recycling tanks and drums for decades. Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd hold a Waste Carriers Licence and an Environmental Permit Exemption which is registered with the Environment Agency. We hold a recycling licence as a metal merchant too.

In 1999 the partnership of Ray Smith & Son evolved into the limited company Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd.

The firm is still an independently owned business with the three Directors and Company Secretary all being family members and the reins are now being passed from one generation to the next. The family have been joined by a number of superb staff over the years and now we have a fantastic dynamic and knowledgeable team that has the drive to help customers and provide the best service and products that we can. 

Smiths of the Forest of Dean's customer base has increased year-on-year and includes county councils, country estates, builders, cider makers, brewers, farmers, plumbers, heating engineers, film units, exhibition centres environmental and waste disposal companies etc as well as individual home owners and domestic users.  We are proud of what we have achieved as a company especially in our longstanding ongoing commitment to recycling surplus (food-based) tanks and steel drums from compamies and corporations.

We joined the Federation of Small Businesses in 2009.

We joined SEDEX in 2017. This is an organisation promoting ethical supply chains, responsible sourcing and sustainable business practices.


Ray Smith and Son started from our Milkwall depot in Gloucestershire back in the 70s and the business enjoyed increasing organic growth over the next two decades, providing tanks and drums across the country. We rapidly established a name for quality service and first-rate products, particularly in the area of recycled tanks and drums. This successful partnership continued to expand until by the mid 1990s the firm acquired another depot to add to its existing operation. We now run the company from these two sites and in recent years an additional warehouse has been built.

The picture on the left show's Ray and grandson Neil on top of a newly completed office

We have retained our original premises in Milkwall and see customers returning time and time again, which is very satisfying

Each week we get new customers from all over the UK calling in, not just buyers in our neighbouring counties and Bristol but far and wide. You can ring us direct, we have friendly, knowledgeable staff, on the end of a telephone line ready to help you.

If you want a single one-off drum or hundreds of drums or tanks a week we will provide a fast and efficient service. Ray Smith founded the business on the principle that every customer, big or small is very important to us and although we now deal with some very big businesses, we don't lose sight of the importance of customer service and a friendly, first-rate response.

We are based in the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean and if you decide to pay us a visit and choose/collect your tanks/drums/fittings you may get lucky and find yourself having a chat with Ray!
Any questions? Give us a call on 01594 833308