Glastonbury 2017

Glastonbury rolls round once again.

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It’s a good job we like festivals at Tardis, we certainly provide plant to enough of them and again this year we found ourselves at Glastonbury but in our case three weeks before any of the artistes, delivering waste tanks as oft we do.

 

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One lorry load of waste tanks for the festival

There’s still an air of magic about the place especially when you catch a glimpse of the iconic pyramid stage, but the sheer size of the place and the acres of rolling green countryside is certainly as impressive.

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The first festival was held in 1970 and headlined by T Rex who according to Chris Evans on the wireless this morning, were paid in milk.

Ticket price back then was a pound.

Famous as we are in our own right for portable toilets, we note that in 1999, the Manic Street Preachers caused a little bit of an upset by putting a notice on a portable toilet declaring it exclusively for their use.

In 2002, forty thousand tubes of sun block were handed out by the welfare tent.

1987 was the year of the trouser thieves.  Overnight, hundreds of pairs were stolen from tents and of course anything of value in the pockets removed by scallywags.  Next day trouserless men and women were seen wandering around the site.  Many of the stolen pants were discovered dumped in a muddy ditch

In 2007, it was reported that there were 2,485 miles of toilet paper on the site, enough to stretch from London to Baghdad.

30 Megawatts  of electricity is consumed at the festival, that’s enough to power a city the size of Bath.

In 2004, Paul McCartney was fined £ 1000 by the local council for playing past the curfew.

The iconic pyramid stage made its first appearance in 1971 and was made of corrugated sheeting and scaffolding poles.

The second incarnation came along in 1981 and doubled as a cowshed in winter. It burned to the ground in 1991.

Rising from the ashes in the year 2000, the third stage appeared and is based on the great pyramid at Giza in Egypt. It is 40 metres x 40 metres and is constructed from materials approved by Greenpeace.

The rolling Stones, Radiohead, Oasis, Tom Jones, Paul Weller Peter Gabrial, Dame Shirley Bassey (and her pink diamond emblazoned Wellies), David Bowie and the Who are just a few of the big names who’ve performed on this iconic stage

Did you know, that there are over a hundred stages at the festival ?

If like us, you don’t actually get there, there’s excellent coverage across the BBCs TV, radio and digital platforms, so you can bop til you drop (as you young folk say) in the privacy of your own home, garden or down the pub.

This year’s line up includes:

Radiohead, Kris Kristofferson, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Barry Gibb, The Pretenders, Liam Gallagher, The Jacksons, Hot House Flowers, Andy Fairweather – Low (and the Low Riders) and of course hundreds or other acts across the site.

Did you also know, that the cows who live on the farm the year round, are shipped off on their holidays to make way for the festival goers? In fact we didn’t see any when we were delivering waste tanks three weeks ago.

Time magazine named organiser Micheal Eavis as one of the most influential people on the planet, to which he responded, “I’ve got cows to sort out”.

However you’ll be taking in “Glasto” this year, enjoy the entertainment and at the time of writing, it looks set to be a mud free one.

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Useful links for Glastonbury 2017

The official Glastonbury website

Impressive BBC Glastonbury 2017 site

 

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


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25 Years ago, tankers were a lot less sphisticated

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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 ?

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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…

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 good 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.

Hazardous Waste Removal and Disposal

As you can probably imagine the transport and disposal of hazardous waste is strictly regulated as well as there being many different kinds of hazardous waste that needs different licenses and different tankers. Here at Tardis Environmental we have the knowledge, the equipment and the licensing. With nationwide coverage and accounts in place with a network of licensed hazardous waste disposal facilities. Tardis Environmental are in a prime position to provide a hazardous waste disposal service throughout the UK. Here at Tardis Environmental we are licensed waste carriers and brokers, for further information click here.

The hazardous wet waste that we can remove are:

  • Oil and water from interceptors

Interceptors are common drainage installations on many industrial sites, car parks and large cooking facilities throughout the UK and also known as oil catchers. Here at Tardis Environmental we have a fleet of vacuum tankers suitable for emptying your interceptor.

  • Bunded fuel tanks

The bund captures any leakage caused by either having an overfill or a failure. Bunds can often fill up with rain water and debris, the rain water in the bund would be classed as contaminated waste and therefore should be disposed of.

  •  Drip trays

These provide temporary storage for containers and drums and are useful for preventing drips and small leaks.

See the below for a picture of one of our hazardous waste removal tankers.

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As well as the removal of hazardous wet waste we can also :

  • Remove Bio Hazardous waste
  • Tank removal and cleaning
  • Used aerosal removal
  • Battery collection
  • Drummed waste collection

For more information please go to our website by clicking here or call us on: 0800 731 0589.

 

Draining a flooded lift shaft

Anyone who knows us here at Tardis, is aware we cover a wide range of services which nestle under the environmental umbrella.

Occasionally we do find ourselves asked the unusual, for example draining a flooded lift shaft.

You’ll find this happens in older hi rise blocks where the original design and building regulations didn’t take into account the possibility of flooding or general water ingress at the bottom of a lift shaft which in more modern buildings is removed by purpose made pumping equipment.

When this facility is missing Tardis steps into the breach.

We’ve the equipment and the expertise to assess the situation, provide the right equipment (tanker, hose arrangement etc) come in, remove the flooding and dispose of it safely and ethically.

A few words about assessing the situation.

Quite often it will be found that the pool at the bottom of the lift shaft isn’t just water. More often there will be oil and grease which is after all a commonplace ingredient in lift gear.

We provide the right type of vacuum tanker and disposal method helping you stay the right side of the law and regulatory bodies.

Prior to collection, we would ask that you register your premises with the Environment Agency. You can contact them on 03708 502858 for further information on classifying the waste produced by the flooded lift shaft.

Of course, whilst we’re sorting the problem, we’ll ensure that Health & Safety issues are properly addressed and that lift downtime is kept to a minimum.

As a licensed waste carrier, you can be assured the mixture will be disposed of legally and ethically with all relative paperwork kept for inspection if necessary.

All part of the Tardis service.

We’ve forged strong working relationships with property management companies and social housing organisations across the country. So if you find yourself in a similar situation to some of our established clients, give us a call on the usual number.

Remember we’re a 24 hour 365 day operation too, so if the situation is grave, you know who you can trust.

Who’s going to Glastonbury ? Tardis is !

Waste tanks for Glastonbury 

It’s a logistical nightmare to prepare a well organised festival for 175,000+ revelers, caterers and musicians alike.

We’ve been there before, got the T shirt and we’re there again this year.

A total of 45 waste tanks 600 gallon capacity some of which you can see being delivered by big yellow and green Tardis lorry.

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Waste tanks for Glastonbury

The festival’s come a long way since 1970 when 1,500 people paid a pound a head to see T Rex. Now, it’s part of the nation’s summer events calendar.

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Another load delivered

Here’s some facts and figures from 2014.

5,000 loos on site

700 metres of male urinals

£ 210.00 the cost of a standard ticket (a bit more than seeing T Rex).

3 million litres of water will be consumed and that’s just from the taps provided. Bottled water will make the figure double.

1,300 recycling volunteers cleaning up the mess.

400 cows who live on the site normally are moved out of harm’s way for the festival duration

You’re not allowed to wee in the bushes. The organisers have patrolling officers looking for offenders.

Of course, this is where Tardis Hire and our waste tanks come in.

European Waste Codes, Tardis unravels some red tape

Companies who produce waste are required to comply with certain laws and standards which relates to and categorises the waste they are producing.

Waste classification is based on The List of Waste which, a reference document providing common terminology throughout the EEC having the purpose of improving the efficiency of waste management activities.

The List of Waste (LOW) serves as a common encoding of waste characteristics.

The classification of waste and assignment of codes for identification purposes has had a major impact on the transport recycling and disposal of waste.

In layman’s terms, if you are a regular generator of trade or industrial waste which has to be disposed of, then Duty of Care legislation makes it a legal requirement you identify your waste (using the LOW) and assign the relevant six figure code on your waste transfer note.

This includes hazardous waste.

The LOW has 20 chapters some of which are industry specific, though a few are generic.

It is important to note that a transfer note should also contain a written description of the waste in addition to the EWC code. For example 20 03 01 (mixed municipal waste), should be accompanied by a description which might read “ General non hazardous waste from light engineering, consisting of waste paper, metal, cardboard, plastic packaging and floor sweepings”.

This would provide adequate code and description for the waste.

Help on identifying your waste can be obtained online from a variety of sources:

https://www.gov.uk/how-to-classify-different-types-of-waste/overview Government site

Scottish environmental Protection Agency SEPA http://www.sepa.org.uk/waste/waste_data/reporting_definitions_and_term/coding_systems.aspx

List of Waste guide

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/dox/datacoll/c09042/LOW_Guide_v1_2_%28sustainability%29.pdf

Premises code

Where hazardous waste is being disposed of, you must also provide a premises code for the site the waste originates from. You do this via a registration process. See this gov.uk link for help https://www.gov.uk/hazardous-waste-producer-registration

SIC Standard Industrial Clarification

First introduced in 1948, the codes are intended for classification of businesses by type of economic activity in which they are engaged. You can refer to the Companies House list to guide you if you don’t know or have your code. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standard-industrial-classification-of-economic-activities-sic

To summarise, if you are disposing of hazardous waste, you must complete a duty of care waste transfer note (see the example below) – The Hazardous Waste Consignment note is also shown (this is a three part document).

All examples are clickable to open the full sized PDF

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Our waste transfer note is shown as an example

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For those struggling to make sense of the form filling, you can telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 and of course we can offer our clients help where forms are being prepared for waste being handled by us.

 

Tardis says it’s CHRISTMAAAASSSS !

It’s accepted we all like a good rest at Christmas and a mince pie or two, but gremlins never rest and someone has to be on call to deal with them.

Although the Tardis crew will be putting up their Christmas stockings hoping for everything they deserve, the operation is a 365 day a year affair and we will be available for emergency call out.

 

The same number as usual and the same level of service applies.

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We really hope you won’t need us, but we’ll be there if you do.

Thanks for being with us through 2014 and for following our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

We really enjoyed your pictures of Tardis toilets and tankers you spotted out on location, even on the telly. Keep sending them in and we’ll keep featuring them. For meritorious contributions, we have been know to post out some Tardis goodies as reward, so just keep that in mind.

We plan to continue running humorous features and expanding our instructional videos like our recent Crossrail compliant video, which was very well received.

And of course, when the occasion rises, we’ll be dressing up rather like we did in our onesies for Children in need and our wooly pullies for Save the Children.

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Tardis and the Crossrail project

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Crossrail, the largest engineering project in Europe and Tardis has been part of it.

In a nutshell, Crossrail is 73 miles of railway set to serve London and the south east, improving journey times and connecting with many existing lines.

As a supplier of goods and services to the project, Tardis Environmental have invested heavily in our fleet to make them “Crossrail compliant”. This includes the provision of safety equipment that is additional to the level we already send our vehicles to work carrying.

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Fresnel lenses for example, smaller but similar to those found in lighthouses in this instance they are used to bend light allowing a driver to see personnel or cyclists approaching on the inside blind spot.

Side scan detection is now standard Crossrail  equipment, designed to detect cyclists or pedestrians in close proximity to the nearside.

In practice, audible tones or warnings exterior to the vehicle are triggered when the left hand indicator is activated and should there be a person detected in the field of the scan, the driver inside the cab is alerted by audible tone also.

Some side scan systems have the added safety of exterior cameras greatly reducing the chance of a mishap.

In addition, warning livery is added to the vehicle as are under run bars down each side.

Woe betide any contractor who fails to meet the high standards lain down by Crossrail. Exclusion from all sites and fines meted out often being the penalty.

Safety is in everyone’s interest. Our spec sheets detail our Crossrail compliant vehicles which of course can be used elsewhere, where stringent safety is practised.

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Septic Tank Emptying – Tardis goes through the motions

This is an operation best carried out than talked about, but we thought you might like to learn a little more about what goes on where angels fear to tread yet Tardis operatives work their magic every day.

Even in 2014, there are still a lot of homes and commercial premises which do not have mains sewage and waste disposal.

This everyday activity has to go somewhere and more likely than not, the property will be connected to a septic tank or cess pit.

You may wonder what the difference is. Well, they both hold waste water and the unmentionable stuff, but the main difference is a cess pit or pool has no access hatch and is normally sited above ground.

A septic tank is installed underground and for various reasons such as hygiene and durability is made from plastic, which of course won’t rust or decompose.

Lurking away in the subterranean darkness, your storage has three distinct layers.

The top layer is known as crud and will not decompose naturally. It floats on top of the waste water and is a very good reason to have a tank emptied at least once a year even if it is a low use facility.

The waste water layer comes below that and can exit through a T shaped outlet to a drain field or soakaway which filters through to the naturally occurring ground water level or water table.

The third layer is the part we’ll be less descriptive about just use your imagination.

A lot goes on in your septic tank once you’ve flushed goodbye…

Bacterial action breaks down solids into a mush. The planet as a whole is dependent on these little fellows, the circle of life and all that.

Because it’s advisable to maintain the levels of bacteria working away in your waste facility, use biocides like domestic bleaches, antibacterial soaps and washing up liquids by all means to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean and healthy, but be mindful of the fact their antibacterial action will still be working once you’ve flushed it away.

As we said earlier, a low usage facility say in a domestic property will benefit from being emptied at least once a year.

Higher usage facilities such as businesses, schools, sport facilities obviously have a higher traffic flow of people disposing of washing water, showering and spending a penny and so, maintenance required will be more frequent.

 Booking a Tardis service.  0800 731 0589 a free number to call nationwide.

You’ll find yourself speaking to one of our friendly knowledgeable team, trained to advise on a host of environmental services.

Provide us with some basic information such as how far the access to the tank is from road or driveway, the approximate size of your tank and we’ll arrange for one of our shiny yellow and green Tardis tankers to arrive on a scheduled day and leave you with a nicely serviced and emptied tank.

It’s important we establish your needs before the day, so we send you the right sized vehicle. Please tell us about any obstructions between the arrival point and the tank access. For example, we need to know if there is an incline, because this can alter the efficiency of the disposal rate.

Is the hatch or access to the tank straightforward ? not locked or obscured by shrubbery or brambles for example. If we know all this in advance, the operation is sure to go with military precision.

Vacuum Tanker

We use a combination of vacuum and jet vac tankers, which range from 1500 gallon capacity to a 6000 gallon vehicle to meet the smallest to largest disposal needs.

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For your peace of mind, we’re a fully licensed waste carrier and our drivers are trained in all aspects of the job including correct Health & Safety procedures.

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For further information on this service, just one of many available from Tardis Environmental, click this link to download a PDF 1376924648 (1)

Alternatively, our website is bursting at the seams with useful and expertly compiled information here: www.tardishire.co.uk

Remember – You only need one number for first class service and a job well done 0800 731 0589