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Containing Oil To Protect Our Environment

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The necessity of preventing oil from entering our natural environment cannot be understated. It is a lethal substance which can cause awful harm when not managed.

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Interceptors are a key to the way we control the impact that our oil waste has on the environment. They collect oil from carparks, garage forecourts, industrial estates and anywhere where oil is a part of waste produced.

Styles of interceptor vary. They are installed beneath the ground and drainage from the site goes through its multiple chambers.  As the oil sits on the surface of the water waste, it filters them using a pipe that is positioned below the level of the oil and therefore lets the waste water through. As the levels can vary there are generally three chambers and some have filtration fabric that sieves remaining oil from the water, eventually allowing oil free waste water out into the sewer system.  Any solids in the waste are suspended at the bottom of the tank.  They need to be emptied on a regular basis as the waste accumulates. Some interceptors have an alarm on them which goes off when a chamber becomes full.

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One of our exceptional units then takes that and any many other types of dangerous waste to specialist hazardous materials disposal sites.

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The oil is then disposed of according to the law.

Let us know of hazardous waste issue you have and we will send our experts to assess it and resolve the issue for you. 0800 740 8888

 

Kingston Fatberg

Over the past few weeks you can’t have escaped the press coverage that has surrounded the now infamous fatberg lurking under Kingston, southwest London. If you have then you’ve most probably been hiding down a sewer yourself! The supposed ‘bus sized’ fatberg could have potentially pushed raw sewage up into homes and onto the streets of Kingston but how has this been allowed to happen?

Weighing in at a reported 15 tonnes this mount of congealed fat, oil and grease mixed with other revolting waste products was brought to the attention of local water authorities after local residents complained about having difficulty flushing their toilets. But how can its weight have been calculated when it hadn’t even been removed.  Surely the actual weight of a fatberg cannot be decided properly until the job is complete?

Subject to contrary belief we believe the fatberg is yet to be fully removed and in fact weighs a lot less than 15 tonne. Without the necessary equipment and technical know-how the removal of this particular fatberg will take a lot longer than expected, all the while still causing problems for local residents. Time and investment are an essential requirement when it comes to preparing yourself to undertake such specialist works. Megatron is a textbook example of this.

Megatron was commissioned back in 2008 when Hydro Cleansing invested over half a million pounds engineering this wastewater monster to our own personal spec. From our perspective we had three main objectives we wanted to achieve:

  1. Increase the capability of a single onsite vehicle, which also reduces our environmental impact and carbon footprint
  2. Cope with the inevitable migration from planned to reactive works
  3. Time efficiency, reducing job turnaround times

With Megatron now undertaking works that were previously relinquished, and with more units in the pipeline, Hydro Cleansing are more than capable of embarking on any major works or specialist projects all the while alleviating any concerns that the job is to big or can’t be done at all.

Kingston Fatberg

Image taken from www.theguardian.com

Bag It and Bin It

Bag It and Bin It – Don’t Flush It
Bag It and Bin It

A water industry-led campaign Bag It & Bin It aims to educate people about what not to flush.

 Toilets are only designed to take away human waste and toilet paper. Any other personal waste should be disposed of correctly as household waste.

  This protects the environment and the UK’s waterways, avoids harm to marine life and prevents problems in the sewage system, which was not designed with this sort of waste in mind.

Items that shouldn’t be disposed of down the toilet include:

Cotton buds 
Sanitary towels
Baby wipes
Kitchen roll   
Dental floss   
Nappies 
Plasters and bandages 
Razor blades 
Syringes and needles   
Medicines and tablets 

Below is a festive themed reminder of the points made above.

 

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