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.

 

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

Celebrating Christmas with Tardis

Well that time of year has come around again and in a few days we will be celebrating Christmas followed by New Years, and because of this here at Tardis we decided to have a look into more about the history of celebrating Christmas and New Year’s.

 

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Some of the traditions we have around the Christmas period such as the Christmas tree started before we celebrated Christmas. The festival of Saturnalia in December celebrated in Roman times, where they would decorate their homes with evergreens. However, the traditions that we now all know  and associate with celebrating Christmas go back to around the 6th Century. It took up until the Middle Ages for Christmas to actually be an important holiday similar to how it is today.

One of the oldest holidays to be celebrated that is still very much celebrated today is New Year’s, it was first observed around 4000 years ago. However, back 4000 years ago it was celebrated in the spring time and not January. It was actually up until 153 BC when the 1st January was known as the beginning  of the New Year, this was altered to set up the calendar correctly.

If you are having a party or an event for either Christmas or New Year’s it is not too late to order your portable toilet today! Tardis hire have been providing portable toilets for events for the past decade. We have supplied portable toilets for a range of different occasions of all sizes from small family occasions to large music festivals over the UK. Click here for more information about our event portable toilets.  Also if you are not sure how many portable toilets you may need please use our toilet calculator by clicking here to help ensure you will have enough for your celebrations.

Portable toilet Hire

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

Christmas jumper day at Tardis Environmental

Today at Tardis Environmental we all came in to work in our Christmas jumpers in order to raise money for Text Santa.

Text Santa was started up by the ITV in 2011 in order to support charities that are based in the UK during the Christmas period. The charities that Text Santa will be raising money for this year are: Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make a Wish UK.

See below for some pictures of the team in their Christmas jumpers.

John and Natasha

Adele

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To donate please click here!

Merry Christmas from Tardis Environmental!

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Seasons Greetings!

That magical time of year has come round once again.

Over the Christmas period the offices will be shut from the 23rd December 2015 and will be re-opened again on the 4th January 2016.

Services will be available during this period whilst the offices are closed. Please contact the numbers below. These phones will be answered every day which will include Christmas day.

The contact numbers for over Christmas are:

07764791759 – David Furlong

07764791760 – Robin Boydon

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us here at Tardis Environmental!

Our Specialist Tankers

Here at Tardis Environmental we have a fleet of specialist tankers, these specialist tankers include our 26 tonne kilo whale tanker and our 32 tonne liquid ring tanker. These specialist tankers will be ideal for removing thicker sludge as well as getting a deeper lift for waste.

One of our specialist tankers is the 26 tonne kilo whale tanker is the perfect solution for deep sewer cleaning due to its vacuum and jetting power. It is also able to hold large capacities with it being able to hold 1000 gallons of fresh water and 1500 gallons of waste water. For more information on our 26 tonne kilo whale tanker click here to view our spec sheet. See the image of the 26 tonne kilo whale tanker below.

26 tonne kilo whale tanker

 

Another specialist tanker we have in our fleet is a 32 tonne liquid ring tanker, this specialist tanker is suitable for:

  • Septic tank emptying
  • Sewer cleansing
  • Deep lift suction
  • Culvert cleaning
  • Sludge slurry removal

This is because the 32 tonne liquid ring tanker can carry up to 4000 gallons of liquid as well as being able to suck up to the depths of 30 meters. To find out more about our 32 tonne liquid ring tanker please click here to view our spec sheet. See the image below to see our 32 tonne liquid ring tanker.

32 tonne liquid ring tanker

 

For more information on our specialist tankers please go to our website by clicking here or call us on: 08007310589.

On Demand water pumps in Sub-Zero Temperatures

With the winter months being right around the corner and even though it is nice and mild currently, the colder weather unfortunately will be with us soon enough. With this in mind it is very important to remember that if you have got one of our on demand water pumps on hire that they are not designed to be in use in either frosty conditions or in sub-zero temperatures.

Therefore, should the temperature where the pump is being used go down to 1 degree Celsius or lower, then the on demand water pump must then be taken out of service. The on demand water pump needs to be taken out of service because the water could become frozen inside the pump, this could then result the water pump to become damaged and then it would be no longer be fit for purpose and a replacement water pump would then be necessary for the job. For more information on our water pumps please click here.

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To the avoid damages happening to the on demand water pumps this winter season whilst they are on hire to yourselves, remember once the temperature drops down to 1 degree Celsius to take the pump out of service. This is so that there is no risk of the on demand water pumps becoming damaged from the sub-zero temperatures.

To take the on demand water pumps out of service when the temperature drops correctly, please follow the steps below:

  • Switch the on demand water pump off.
  • Make sure that the water pump is no longer connected to the water supply.
  • Store the water pump in a warm place.

For more information please call us on our freephone at: 0800 731 0589 or go to our website.