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What Is the Lifespan of a Shipping Container and Can Shipping Containers be Recycled?

Shipping Containers Support the Circular Economy

With the current global shipping container shortage, you may be comforted to know that the lifespan of a shipping container can run from 15 to 30 plus years depending on how it is used, plus there are many uses for recycling shipping containers.  This may help justify the high prices and long waits to get a container for your storage needs because the investment can be amortized over many years.  

Shipping Container Lifespan

Made of high-grade steel, shipping containers hold up well even under extreme weather conditions and are certainly not part of the ‘throw away’ economy.  In fact, when using shipping containers for storage, you are already recycling your container in the circular economy as it has most likely made its way across the ocean carrying goods.  We have sold shipping containers to both coastal and mountain communities, and after 15+ years these containers maintain their wind and water tight properties keeping contents safe and secure.  

Storage Container vs. Shed

Purchasing a long-lasting shipping container may be better for the environment in the long run than purchasing a shed or constructing an out-building since the container’s lifespan is so long. Many of our clients choose a shipping container | storage container versus a shed for its long lifespan and ability to keep their items safe from rodents or water damage.    

Shipping Containers and the Circular Economy

Want more out of your container than storage?  At Out-Back Storage Containers, we work with customers every day to customize shipping containers to their needs.  We’ve made concession stands, pop-up shops, a fireworks stand, and even an ice cream shop.  While we are not in the business of designing and constructing container housing, we have delivered containers to several sites where container homes were being constructed.  Investing in a shipping container with a long lifespan is a perfect way to reduce your carbon footprint and do your part in the circular economy.

For more information on purchasing a long-lasting shipping container for your storage or other needs, contact us today for a quote.

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