Tardis celebrates 25 years in business

25 years of Tardis

 

Life was different back then

Back in 1991, a loaf of bread cost 54 pence and a pint of milk 32p. Beer was £ 1.37 a pint and Tardis Environmental arrived on the scene in a much smaller form that it is today.

Our ops director Rob as one of the founders of the company, had a shuffle through his shoebox of memories and provided some pictures of the kind of vehicles the company began with and used throughout the 90s.Tardis 25 years


Tardis 25 years

25 Years ago, tankers were a lot less sphisticated

Tardis 25 years

How we’ve grown

The company started out with 2 people and now employs over a hundred at 8 depots around the country.

There are no secrets to how we became the fastest growing environmental company in the UK. Just sheer hard work and a mantra of putting the customer first.

We study our industry closely, anticipate and meet regulatory requirements including environmental, Health & Safety, water hygiene to name just three.

In 2015, the company split off water related service to a new division called Tardis H2O on site and rather like the distinctive Tardis vehicles, the tankers are easily spotted on Britain’s roads.

Both the company and the equipment it uses have come a long way in the 25 years of operation.  Today’s fleet is modern and well equipped to deal with the demanding tasks the environmental and bulk water industries demand.

Oddly, whilst the shape of vehicles may have changed over the quarter century, portable toilet design remains quite similar. Here’s to the next 25 years.

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Glastonbury spells the end for the Tardis Toilet ?

Tardis portable toilets

The eponymous Tardis toilet

There’s been a lot in the media of late about Glastonbury, the world’s biggest music festival. One story which caught our attention was the decision of the organisers to stop using the traditional “tardis” loo in favour of greener and more organic sanitation.

To clarify, Tardis Environmental hasn’t broken its longstanding relationship with Glastonbury’s organisers, in fact the week before last, we were there delivering waste tanks to the site, which many of the toilets and shower units drain into.

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A lottry load of Tardis waste tanks arrives at Glastonbury

Like any responsible organiser who’s activities make an environmental impact, Glastonbury are employing methods in many of its areas of operation to minimise the environmental impact on the land where the festival takes place each year.

We’ve supplied Tardis loos for 25 years

We were amused and somewhat flattered, when even Chris Evans on the radio referred to the toilets on the site as Tardis toilets, nice to think the item on which our company was founded 25 years ago is becoming as familiar a term as something say “Hoover”.

Here come the facts…

Picture credie Daily Mirror

Don’t get caught short this year

There will still be 5000 toilets on the Glastonbury fields including more than 700 metres of urinals they’ve even got these for ladies now, we kid you not.

As you know, we’re in the business of disposing “the business” nationwide 365 days a year, so our methods are ethical and legal and well documented.

Here’s a link to how we go about it around the land, showing how it is all disposed of at authorised STWs (Sewage Treatment Works) all controlled by electronic fob ID, the waste measured graded and properly processed.

The first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970 and was headlined by T Rex (which many of our readers will be too young to remember but Keith says were great as he saw them live in 1974).

All residents in the nearby village of Pilton get a free ticket to the festival.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves. Hundreds of pairs stolen from tents and their pockets picked by miscreants.  Next day, the site was awash with trouserless people, though later the garments were found discarded in a muddy ditch.

In 1987, 2,485 miles of toilet paper was on site which is enough to stretch from London to Baghdad, though attendees had other uses for it.

The now famous pyramid stage made its debut in 1981 and originally was constructed from telegraph poles and corrugated metal. The rest of the year, it doubled as a cow shed.

This year’s line up includes: Adele, Coldplay, Jeff Lynn’s ELO, New Order, ZZ Top who only Keith in the Tardis office knew !  Art Garfunkel and many others who he’d not heard of.

Unlike the goof folk of Pilton, us Tardis bods did not get free tickets, so we’ll be watching it at home on telly with a bottle of Tizer or two.

If you’re amongst the lucky ones to be there, send us some pics.

On target for the event and festival season

As the bank holiday weekend approaches, we’re scurrying around the country helping organisers get their houses in order for a weekend’s serious partying.

Of course all that revelry has to be catered for, toilet and drinking facilities for example.

This year, we’re more on target than ever to meet the needs of our event organising clients.

Portable toilets of course, lots of those sitting on sites as we speak ready and waiting for the weekend.

The true stars of the event and festival scene
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Our new self- contained 4 bay shower trailers were extremely popular from the moment we put them into service because they provide private bathing for up to 4 people and are easily set up in less than ten minutes.

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Catering for larger events

Larger events call on us to provide waste tanks which are custom manufactured by Tardis to a high standard of fabrication again, taking the hassle from providing bulk sanitation in places where a lot of people gather.

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Tardis Waste tanks for Glasto 15

 

Tardis Hire Drinking Water Station

Improves water delivery time by a factor of 4

Bottles, bowsers or tanker trailers, we can supply water to meet your needs from 330ml in a nifty plastic bottle ready to drink, to 32,000 litres in a whopping big tanker which if required can be prepared for safe drinking, with a quality assured water supply and a *WRAS approved delivery point. * Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

Bottled water arrives by the pallet and is the easy fix option if people need to be hydrated quickly and without setting up approved drinking water points. They start at 330ml and go up to 1.5 litres sizes

Bottled Drinking Water

Bottled Drinking Water

Tardis Hire bowsers on trailer

Water testing services 

As an organiser, you are responsible for providing a safe facility. Therefore, your storage and delivery methods have to meet standards and regulations and water for consumption also has to be tested after 48 hours storage, every 48 hours afterwards.

Water testing

Of course, you’ve Tardis H2O on site just a phone call away who will advise and provide the equipment and services you need to comply with regulations and keep your guests happy and healthy and that includes our water testing services.

And you know, the nice thing about using either Tardis Hire or H2O on site, when the partying is over, we come along and take it all way til next time.

 

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Tardis Hire provides portable toilets for events, festivals, weddings etc. Also we have tailored options such as disabled access units, 4 and 6 bay urinals (which cuts down loo queues).

Hand wash stations are also a popular hire option where a lot of people gather especially in hot sticky weather.

h2O on site

Tardis H2O on site regularly provides clean or quality assured drinking water for public use. Clean water is drawn from authorised water hydrants, but because you can’t strictly control on how it is stored (refrigeration for example), it should be boiled before use, as you should with any uncertified water supply.

Boiling your water first is not always an option open to you out in the big wide world.

If a quality assured drinking water supply is required, then the vessel used to deliver the water is pre- prepared, as are the hoses and fittings used to transfer the water and of course the storage vessel too.

This is all recorded and controlled to *DWI standards

*Drinking Water Inspectorate.

As we already mentioned, testing for the condition of water has to take place after 48 hours of storage to ensure its fitness for purpose (drinking).

The last thing you want as an event organiser is to have people getting stomach bugs en masse, which is why we have trained people who come along and verify the water as fit for purpose or provide the corrective] action otherwise.

It’s a standard of service our clients have come to trust and which we take very seriously in our sphere of operations.

So, wherever you might find yourself this coming weekend, have a great time and may the sun be at your back.

Duty of care, it’s what we do

Duty of care

3:30am in the Tardis depot

Duty of care

If you’ve seen our vehicles on your travels you’ll have no doubt noticed, we keep the Tardis Environmental  fleet in tip top condition.

Something you may not be aware of are the regular checks which are carried out in the wee small hours on a weekly basis in our depots.

These are performed in addition to the daily checks a driver is legally obliged to complete before setting out for the day.

Three shredded wheat…

Tardis tanker captains are an energetic bunch and the first ones are rattling on the gates before 4am, so the checks for defects has to begin before those who’ve had three shredded wheats for brekky arrive and want to set out on the day’s tankering.

There’s a set procedure laid out on our DR6 Defect report. As you might imagine, it contains the usual checks that anyone might carry out on the family car before a journey, tyres, lights, oil and water levels.

Duty of care

We go a little deeper especially as the average Tardis tanker has a few more lights on than say a Nissan Micra.  Flashing beacons, side running lights, side reflectors, all klaxon warning devices and safety cameras come under the scrutiny of our HGV inspector Dan.

Mirrors, battery boxes, clips and covers, mud guards even the steps up into the cab are checked for safety and conformity.

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Defects are identified and rectified before they cause trouble

The morning we looked in on the proceedings, one portable toilet service truck had a nail in a tyre which was swiftly replaced with a new wheel and a diligent HGV driver suspected a problem with the brakes on his tractor unit which was brought into the depot and swapped for another, allowing him to be on his way with 30,000 litres of clean water.

Each vehicle in the depot, checked and all findings recorded. Witnessed and countersigned by the driver the first of which showed us his tail lights at 4:10am sweeping regally out of the depot.

By 5am the yard is as busy as Smithfield market with tankers exiting every few minutes their missions loaded into the hand held PDAs each driver carries.

Just about the only thing we don’t do first thing in a morning, is polish the tanker captain’s boots and give him a mug of tea, so there’s room for improvement yet..

We’ve just published a video of the procedure which can be viewed by clicking below.

 

The Tardis 4 bay portable shower trailers make their debut

We are pleased to announce that we now have two shiny, new gas portable shower trailers just in time for the 2016 summer events season.

Their durable construction also makes them ideal for construction use.

The self-contained trailers allows up to 4 people to shower in complete privacy, with ample space for changing and keeping clothes dry. There’s even a mirror and interior lighting.

Portable Shower Trailer

Set up is straightforward taking less than 10 minutes. Simply connect to electricity, bottled gas for the boiler and water supply in and out and all you need is towel and your shower gel to bathe in complete comfort.

Take a look at our short video to see just how easy the set up is.

Each shower cubicle comprises of a shower curtain, stand in tray, bench seat, ceiling light, coat hooks, mirror and thermostatically controlled built in shower head.

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Portable Shower Trailers Coat Hooks

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Shower Trailer Mirror

Portable Shower Trailer Running Water

 

 

 

 

 

Running Stats

  • Power consumption: 3.7amps
  • Water consumption: 32ltr per minute max
  • Gas consumption: 3.86kg per hour max

The Tardis team can advise on the choice of water feed and waste water drain off which can include pillow tanks hire, water bowsers or waste tanks as part of the hire package. We’ve skilled Tardis fitters who can take care of the plumbing and connections leaving you with a facility that’s ready for use.

One free number nationwide, 0800 731 0589 will connect you with the Tardis Hire Desk Team who can make all the arrangements tailored directly to your needs.

These superb shower trailers make an excellent accompaniment to our famous Tardis portable toilets, allowing you to provide a complete bathroom facility for your event or construction project.

Tardis announces Wi-Fi enabled toilets

Tardis announces new Wi-Fi enabled portable toilets for hire.

Tardis Environmental are delighted to announce a new free service to its client base, establishing the company as leaders in portable toilet hire for construction, events and festivals.

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Tardis are the first company in the UK to feature a Wi-Fi connection in all new rental toilet units delivered to site from April 1st 2016.

What’s more, the service is entirely free of charge, with unlimited bandwidth on offer so occupants can enjoy social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Skype as they perform their daily ablutions.

Tardis Environmental’s Head of Internet Features I.B. Fuller Flannel said earlier today “This is the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for. Everyone’s connected these days with smartphones and tablets, now when they’re on the throne. they’ll be able to enjoy free unlimited 4G broadband service all care of Tardis Toilet Hire”.

The new Wi-Fi enabled Tardis Toilets are currently being rolled out across the country, but we expect demand to be high, so customers seeking a connected commode are advised to book ahead.

Further details on the new Wi-Fi enabled Tardis Portable Toilet can be found by clicking here…

Hazardous Waste Legislation Change

As of 1st April 2016, the Environment Agency will be implementing changes to hazardous waste regulations.

Premises in England will no longer need to register as hazardous waste producers, regardless of the amount they produce or store on site.

Hazardous waste is generally that which is considered harmful to human health, animals or the environment including:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Solvent-based inks and paints
  • Pesticides
  • Oils (excluding edible oils)
  • Equipment containing ozone-depleting substances. e.g. fridges
  • Hazardous packaging waste

A completed consignment note must still accompany any hazardous waste destined for disposal, although changes will affect the format.

  • The accommodate the removal of premises registration the producer will need to amend the first six characters of the consignment note code (currently the premises registration number), replacing them with the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name. The producer should ensure consistent use of the business name.
  • ‘EXEMPT’ will no longer be used.
  • The second set of characters will continue to be the five numbers of letters of the producer’s choosing. (This may sometimes be followed by an additional 1 or 2 letters.

Consignment Note Changes

The decision to remove the requirement has been made by DEFRA (The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), as part of the Smarter Environmental Regulation.

More than 21,000 regulations and rules are currently under review by the government, with the intention of either improving or deletion.

For information on the hazardous waste services we provide, follow this link to our website.

 

A quick look at new bowser products from Tardis

Here’s a pretty innovative piece of equipment perfect for site work.  A self-contained pressure washer with 1125 litre water bowser EU highway approved.

1125 litre self contained pressure washer

That’s an important consideration where vessels such as these are concerned, because there are legalities connected with bowser towing.

Basic considerations for towing

Highway approved bowsers have their own braking system for example and provided the towing vehicle is to the correct specification, the bowser can be towed in a filled condition.  Many people underestimate the weight of even 500 gallons of fluid towed behind a vehicle and how it will affect the vehicle’s manoeuvrability and performance.

Before hitching any type of trailer vehicle, you should consider the following:

Do you have the correct driving licence allowing you to tow the size and weight of the trailer?

Does the towing specification of your vehicle complement that of the trailer you are towing (the manufacturer’s handbook will verify this). also take into consideration the tyres on both trailer and vehicle and the terrain you will be encountering.

Tardis towable clean water bowser

This bowser for example can’t be legally towed on the road in a full condition, but can be towed on site like shown here. Note the tyres are suitable for site conditions

If the item carries liquid, you must ensure you meet transport and safety regulations for that type of fluid especially where fuels such as Diesel or Kerosene are concerned.

Our pressure washer bowser is based upon a T bar frame mounted on an Avonride rubber torsion axle.  It comes with standard road (van) tyres, but where custom builds are concerned, town and country tyres may also be specified.

The tank is an elliptical Polyethylene moulded construction which is baffled and included an 18” lockable outer hinged lid.

The pressure washer is powered by a Yanmar electrically activated L100 ten horse power engine driving a 200 bar 15 litres per minute piston pump.  There is a hand lance and 7 metres of hose stowed on a bracket.

The coupling is a Knott – Avonride auto reverse, with either 40km eye or 50mm ball break away cable and parking brake lever.

Dimensions are as follows: 1.55 metres Wide x 3.45 metres Long x 1.3 metres High

Unladen weight: 385 Kg  Max laden weight: 1500 Kg Towing height (level) 400 mm

A specification sheet can be downloaded here and a range of bunded bowsers can be viewed:

http://www.tardishire.co.uk/index.php/water_bowsers/27

Diesel bowsers are a boon for site work where frequent top ups of power tools and plant is required.

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2140 litre bunded diesel bowser. Other sizes are available in the range

Available in a range of tank sizes, the bowsers are mounted on an A frame drawbar. Towing connection is by a 2” forged, welded ring eye.

The outer bund tank is of a cylindrical steel construction, containing the inner tank which is of translucent heavy duty Polyethylene with 2” filler caps and vent valve.

Fuel is pumped from the bowser tank via a rotary hand pump with 15 feet of 1” hose and complete with a trigger nozzle stowed on a bracket with Y strainer. The assembly is contained inside the lockable bund compartment.

Dimensions for the 2140 litre variant are: 1.8 metres Wide x 3.7 metres Long x 1.9 metres high.

For the 950 litre model, they are: 1.4 metres Wide x 3.1 metres Long x 1.5 metres High.

We’re introducing other capacity models to our range and will be promoting these soon.

Tardis also carried a range of plant items ideal for site work which includes on demand, electric and petrol driven pumps and generators.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at www.tardishire.co.uk then call our hire team with your enquiry. 0800 731 0589

Horsing around in a muddy field, Tardis gets the job done “neigh problem”

Some people think that working in the IT department of Tardis Environmental is a warm and glamorous job sitting in a comfortable office, foamy latte at one’s side knocking out articles like this.

What are those hoomans doing in our field

Muddy

Parked up at the perimeter of a very muddy field

The septic tank was 130 metres from the tanker

You may also wonder why, when cosseted in such ways, one has a hard hat, safety boots and assorted PPE paraphernalia thrust at one with the instruction to meet a tanker at a quarter to six on a frosty February morning.We can now reveal, our mission was to cover one of the more unusual challenges set us by our clients, in this case a septic tank empty out in the field, literally !

Our first job of the day was at an equestrian centre in the beautifully scenic Cotswolds close to Stow on the Wold, in the grounds of a majestic manor house.

Definitely green welly and Barbour country, except for myself and Ade, our Tardis tanker captain who knowing he was going to be on camera, had his hair done special.

Our waste tankers like any vehicle on the fleet, carry enough hose to enable them to complete most tasks they encounter on a daily basis.  In this case, the tank we were looking to service was approximately 130 metres away from where we could safely park the tanker on the perimeter of an extremely muddy and churned up field.

Pipe laying

The mudlark begins

The job had been assessed prior to our arrival where we met with the estate manager who kindly gave us permission to photograph the job and so, Ade set about getting very muddy, laying the pipework he had on the tanker.But surely you hadn’t enough to reach the tank we hear you cry and you’d be right, which is why the Tardis service van met us on site bringing the extra pipework we needed.

This is where it gets perilous (or funny, depending on which way you look at it).

Tardis waste tanker

You could say we’re outstanding in our field

Mud mud, glorious mud

As photographer, I had to cross the field so I could get some stills and video footage of the lain pipework from the location of the tank which needed emptying, looking back towards the tanker.Sticking to the green less churned up parts of the field, I was doing reasonably well only getting thick clumps of mud on the bottom of my safety shoes. Then, spludge, my left foot went into some softer mud ankle deep and as I tried to pull it out, there was a sound similar to a spoon being pulled from a bowl of jelly and I felt that whilst my foot was coming out, my shoe wasn’t. This in turn made me lose my balance (which I regained) and I managed to remove foot and shoe from the mire complete, but now encrusted with about two pounds of thick brown Cotswold clag.

muddy boot

I finally made it to the tank, cussing like someone with a bad case of Tourettes, garnering strange looks from some of the four legged residents who’d ambled over to the perimeter fence to take a closer look at what we “hoomans” were doing in their field.

The job was completed with alacrity (on Ade’s part at least).  A grateful client signed the Tran Send PAD which beams back a “job complete” message to Tardis HQ and off we set on a series of less quaggy but equally important welfare tank empties on construction sites back in the Black Country. We also had a clean water fill for a welfare cabin for flushing purposes.  Tardis tankers have a section reserved for clean water for such a purpose so we can leave a welfare cabin fully operative for those important “ahem” jobs.

Later at the sewage works

Of course, when a tanker gets full of the unmentionable, it has to be disposed of legally and ethically, so our final port of call was at one of many local water authority depots Tardis is licensed to use.

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Tanker captain Ade pressure washes his vehicle

Main observation of the sewage works was how clean and unsmelly it was. There are bays for tankers to pull into, hoses are connected, discharge is identified and logged by use of electronic fobs and the tanker discharges into specially constructed pipework to transport the waste material into the main authority treatment works. There’s even a facility to give the tanker a wash down, allowing us to emerge back onto the highway with our shiny orange and green pristine Tardis livery gleaming in the afternoon sun.

We’re currently working on several video projects which will be featured on our social media platforms soon highlighting the diversity of services we provide as an environmental company.

Here’s the link to our video of this job https://youtu.be/u20vq2GfXu8

Also, we aim to clean up at next year’s BAFTAs.

Last day of Land Rover Defender production

68 years after production of the classic model began; the last Land Rover Defender will roll off the production line in the West Midlands, today January 29th 2016.

The four wheel drive vehicle has been produced since 1948 in Solihull by various owners including British Leyland, BMW, Ford and now Tata through Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

The Defender, which got its name in 1990, represented the continuation of the very first Land Rover modeled on the wartime jeep.

Since its launch, more than 2 million Land Rovers and Defenders have been sold, with 308 model derivatives. The Defender has featured in films such as James Bond movie Skyfall, has been a long-running supplier to the royals as well as a vehicle used by British troops.

The Land Rover was originally marketed as the “go anywhere” vehicle option, “for the farmer, the countryman and general industrial use”.

JLR are now working on a replacement for the Defender.

Tardis now has ten of the recognisable off-road vehicles in our fleet.

Tardis Land Rover

Tardis Land Rovers are suitable jobs in hard to reach or off-road areas:

Tardis Land Rover towing Fuel Bowser

Tardis Land Rover towing Fuel Bowser