All set for Glastonbury

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Yes, Tardis is doing Glastonbury again, well actually we’ve already done it, right by the iconic pyramid stage too !

Pyramid stage at Glasto

The iconic pyramid stage at Glastonbury

In our case, despite having our banjo and washboards ready to give the performance of a lifetime, we were delivering waste tanks for use during the festival, forty eight of them to be precise.

 

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Second load of waste tanks for Glastonbury

First thing that shocks about Glastonbury site, is the sheer size. It’s enormous to say the least.

We arrived with the second batch of waste tanks, issued a special delivery pass by the organisers and then waited in a large compound to be guided to where the tanks were needed.

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Friendly gate security pic c/o Glastonbury official website

Shortly after, a friendly lad named Jason led us through acres of green farmland to a location right by the pyramid stage, where we unloaded the tanks and they put ID markers on them so they wouldn’t get lost when utilised around the festival site.

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Jason unloads the tanks from the lorry

With three weeks to go, the site was pretty busy all over and well organised.

Our banjo and washboard medley rejected on the grounds of talent, or lack of it, this year’s confirmed line up includes:

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, Kriss Kristofferson, The Jacksons to name just the ones we’ve heard of.

This year, there’s over a hundred stages and supporting such worthy causes as WaterAid, Oxfam and Greenpeace.

Here at Tardis, we’ve a theory, based on the fact we saw nothing but green grass and firm ground everywhere we went on the site.  Therefore, they must ship all that mud in for people to wallow in.

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Offloading the lorry with the iconic pyramid stage in the background

It’s only a theory and like all of those like us who don’t have tickets for the entertainment, we’ll be watching out for the mud and the superb musical performances coming from Worthy Farm from the 21st to the 25th of June.

Glastonbury official site: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

 

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

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.

 

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.

For rail welfare servicing call the experts

Here at Tardis Environmental we’re no strangers to railway welfare servicing. A large number of our tanker fleet are fully Crossrail compliant and our reputation in this field already speaks volumes.

When you consider there’s 9788 miles of networked railway in Britain which is pretty high maintenance, with our expertise working in the environment, we are closely involved with railway maintenance companies.

As Europe’s biggest construction project, Crossrail is working towards reducing journey time and easing congestion in London and the South East with the new railway covering 100km stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the West across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

You may have read in previous blog posts that a large part of our vehicle fleet is Crossrail compliant, a necessity when working with the Crossrail project but also many other high profile construction projects where more than a cap is doffed to health and safety issues.

Crossrail vehicles carry signage alerting road users especially cyclists and pedestrians, to approach the inside of the vehicle with extreme care. HGVs have under run barriers and Sidescan equipment which senses proximity on the dangerous nearside of a vehicle in motion and provides the minimum of an audible alert in the cab though Tardis vehicles carry a video camera monitoring system so the driver can clearly see any approaching potential hazard. Vehicles which are not equipped to this high specification standard are not allowed to enter or work on Crossrail sites.

Some of the services were offer to railway maintenance companies include tank empties, portable toilet hire, welfare servicing, waste tank hire, portable shower hire, water bowser hire and water fills.

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Out and about with Tardis…

Jon, one of our stalwart tanker drivers has been busy with his camera – he gets all the best locations!

Last weekend, Saturday 1st August, was the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. We delivered a mixture of portable toilets and urinals to the event.

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Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2

Jon took some cracking pictures, though he wasn’t involved in the carnival action (he’s put away his Carmen Miranda outfit until next year), he has a job to do after all.

Last week he was despatched to Edgbaston Cricket Ground in the shiny new MAN Euro 6 tanker with 2500 gallon waste capacity and 1000 gallon clean water capacity. (See the blog we posted last week!)

Edgbaston cricket ground

Edgbaston welfare servicing

He cleaned up with the welfare cabin servicing whilst England were busy cleaning up against Australia.

Keep the photos coming Jon!

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Choosing the right tanker – waste removal

As with our previous post on hiring a portable toilet, there are also many questions to be asked when selecting the right tanker for waste removal!

Tardis operate a comprehensive fleet of vacuum tankers enabling us to service a broad range of wet waste removal requirements.

At Tardis, we like to know as much information as possible beforehand ensuring that waste removal can be completed efficiently with minimal disruption to your site, saving time for all those involved.

Tardis Tanker

Tardis Tanker

When initially assessing a location for a job – there are a few points to be considered.

Firstly, we would ask the description of the pit to be emptied and the location, taking time to consider if there is sufficient access for the vacuum tanker. It is important that there are no obstructions, including height restrictions such as overhead power lines.

Our range of smaller vacuum tankers allows us to service domestic properties with tight access, and our larger tankers enable us to remove waste in large volumes from larger sites.

Septic Tank Empty

Septic Tank Empty

You will also need to consider where the tanker can park in relation to the pit that is being emptied, what will the distance be? What is the depth of the pit? Our tankers carry at least 40 metres of hose, and can carry 100metres on request. All of these questions will enable us to select the right tanker.

The next point to be considered is what is waste is in the pit. Waste removal can include sewage, silt, oil and water etc. By letting us know what is in the pit to be emptied, we can send the right vacuum tanker. Let us know if it is hazardous waste disposal that you require.

The type of manhole cover over the pit should also be mentioned. Is the cover liftable by one person or will assistance be required?

Other questions we may ask include:

  • Is a pressure washer required?
  • Is confined space entry recommended to aid the removal of debris?
  • Is any breathing apparatus required for confined space entry?

The full site tanker survey can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Site Tanker Survey for Waste Removal

Site Tanker Survey for Waste Removal

We offer a wide range of waste removal services including septic tank emptying, cesspool emptying, manhole emptying, oil and water removal and more. For full details on our vacuum tanker fleet visit our website.

Don’t forget we also have a fleet of tankers for clean water and potable drinking water.

Remember, we are a 24/7/365 operation so if your caught out – give us a call.

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.

 

Interceptor cleaning.

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Unfortunately we’re not talking about that kind of interceptor.

Interceptors are a common drainage installation on many industrial sites and car parks throughout the UK. Interceptors are often referred to as oil catchers, oil and water tanks, wash down pits or oil water separators.

Prudent environmental management requires oil and petrol interceptors to be regularly maintained and inspected.

The build up of silt, debris and oil in underground interceptors and drainage systems increases the risk of flooding and potential pollution of watercourses or sewage systems. Regular cleaning and maintenance of these will significantly reduce your risk and should be part of your preventative maintenance programme.

Our fleet of vacuum tankers are perfectly suited to service any of these applications. Tardis Environmental are a fully licensed waste carrier with disposal facilities throughout the UK.

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Full duty of care paperwork is available on request as are our sat nav tracked records showing the location of the ethical and legal disposal sites we use.

As for the nitty gritty, our tankers carry 40 metres of hose as standard. More can be requested on booking, should you believe your interceptor is an awkward distance from where the vehicle can park.

If in doubt, a tape measure and a chat to our friendly and experienced hire desk team will set you on the right track.

One number nationwide 0800 731 0589

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…

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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.