Autumn “leaves” little to the imagination

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Did we imagine that, just there out the corner of our eye, was that really a leaf falling from the trees already.  What happened to summer ?

Indeed, it was. The September song has begun, we’ll soon be wading through autumn’s golden gown unless there’s a Tardis road sweeper on the scene that is.

OK, so enough with the golden gown stuff…   Autumn leaves can and do cause problems especially when they get wet and start to decompose, making a gooey mulch that can be dangerously slippery on roads and paths and does a good job of blocking drains.

Luckily, our stalwart road sweeper fleet can take care of all kinds of debris that needs cleaning away. Leaves, mud litter.

We also have sweepers with a gully arm which can take care of blocked drains and manholes .

We sweep car parks, construction sites, quarry roads and entrances and of course streets and avenues where those pesky autumn leaves just keep piling up.

If you’re in need of a sweeper, then just call one free number nationwide, chat with us detailing your need and where you want us to appear and leave the rest to us.

Here’s a strictly autumnal little film showing one of our machines cleaning up, but of course we’re a 365 days a year operation in all aspects of our work.

One free number nationwide:  0800 731 0589

 

 

Gully Emptying with Tardis

It’s that gully emptying time of year again.

Autumn is now in full swing, the leaves are turning from green to autumnal colours and falling off the trees. Even though the autumn leaves are pretty, mixed with the rain water from the typical British wet weather, without prior planning this could then result in havoc. With building site road gullies, car park and street gullies becoming blocked.

If the gully becomes blocked it can then cause flash floods in heavy rain situations as the rain water will not be able to be drained away properly. Gullies are commonly found in a car park locations, if they become blocked this could lead to you being left with a flooded car park. This could then force you to close the car park, until the matter is resolved.

This week at Tardis Environmental we were called out to a company with a flooded car park. See below for the not very pretty pictures of the event. This is a scary example of how car parks can be affected when the gullies become blocked. Unfortunately for this company, that car in the middle was of a visitor!

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To avoid something similar happening to your car park and to the high insurance costs associated with this, planning ahead is key. It is advisable to ensure gully emptying is regularly maintained to avoid such circumstances.

Here at Tardis Environmental our gully suckers are specialised tankers. Our tankers have suction specialised gear that will take up the wet waste from hollows and spaces and then take the wet waste and carry it to a suitable disposal point. Specific suction power is often needed for gully emptying as the material being removed can contain bulky debris such as branches and stones.

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We at Tardis Environmental provide a nationwide gully emptying and cleaning service. Call our hire desk for your quotation at: 0800 731 0589 or enquire via the website today.

Autumn has arrived

September – as the days grow shorter and the leaves turn a variety of russet shades, it’s only a matter of time before the golden carpet will need clearing up.

Whilst it may look very pretty, leaves can present a variety of hazardous situations especially once they start to decompose. Roads, railways and footpaths can all become dangerous places, which is why Tardis roadsweepers are extremely busy at this time of year.

As well as making a slippery mush on roadways and paths as they rot down, the fallen leaves also cause blockages in drains and guttering, which as the weather turns inclement can create a flood risk.

Tardis Roadsweepers

An ounce of prevention as they say is worth a pound of cure. Good reason to book a Tardis roadsweeper.

With depots strategically placed across the UK, we provide coverage for car parks, construction sites, factory roads and forecourts.

Our roadsweepers feature the following:

  • Single and dual sweep operations
  • High pressure jetting lances
  • Gully emptiers
  • All fitted with reverse-aid cameras

Our roadsweepers are available for both half day and full day hire depending on the work required. To arrange for a sweeping service call our friendly hire desk team today on 0800 731 0589. 

www.tardishire.co.uk

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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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but Tardis is out there sweeping all the leaves away.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 11.39.18

OK, maybe we’ll never hit number one in the charts, but we’re definitely tops at this time of year with the autumn leaf drop.

Yes, they may look pretty with their rich autumnal hues, but a concentration of leaves can cause all kinds of problems. Trains running late, leaves on the line being just one.

As leaves get wet or start to decompose, they block drains and can create a hazardous slippery surface on roads and pathways. Windy weather leaves fly around and can cause a hazard to driving.

Hazards are best dealt with pronto which is where Tardis steps into the breach.

We’re fully equipped nationwide to deal with road sweeping needs and we don’t just mean leaves. Car parks, construction sites, factory roads and perimeters, forecourts to cattle grids.   Anywhere where light debris needs to be cleared you’ll find Tardis road sweepers cleaning up.

Our road sweepers feature:

  • single and dual sweep operation
  • High pressure water jetting lances
  • High pressure street washing facility

A vehicle common to our fleet is the Johnsons VT650 an 18 tonne gross weight machine which carries a pressure lance, two drain keys, one hydrant, an overhead boom arm 2 x safety warning road signs and a mounted pressure washer making it multi skilled to meet many challenges.

You can view and download the spec sheet for this machine by clicking here

As you’d expect from a leading operator in the business, all Tardis operatives will be equipped with the correct safety equipment as well as being fully trained in operational and safety aspects of the job at hand.

Your first step in arranging a clean sweep service is to call our friendly and experienced hire team on 0800 731 0589

One of the team will establish your needs such as time, place, period the machine is required to work over.

Please do take into account what you are asking us to dispose of. Recently a client failed to tell us of a large oil spill on a site. This is something that has to be dealt with in a different way environmentally to regular debris and the job could not proceed.

Worse still, the job attracted an aborted mission fee, which we hate having to apply. If you’re at all unsure about the conditions of the area that needs cleaning, please talk to us first.

Detritus is an all year problem made worse at this time of year by the annual leaf drop. So, when you’ve gathered up all your conkers, call Tardis who’ll breeze in and clean up the rest.