Mersey Gateway Bridge opens to traffic

Tardis bridges the gap

Mersey gateway bridge

You may have seen on the news, the fireworks and celebration heralding the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge over the weekend of the 14th of October.

Tardis is proud to have been involved in the Mersey Gateway Project  from the outset, servicing the many toilet blocks on the site and with a huge work force, that’s a lot of toilets we looked after six days a week.

The project itself is a pretty impressive feat. Firstly, they built a bridge to build a bridge. A low concrete structure, with a swing mechanism to let the boats through.

From here, the mighty pillars were constructed.  We popped up to see how things were doing back in the spring of 2016 and saw for ourselves the breath-taking scale of this operation.

Spring forward to September 2017 and we paid another visit and boy, how things have changed.

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There’s now a near completed bridge over the Mersey with three huge towers which are three different heights of 80, 110 and 125 metres.  The total length of the bridge including the approach roads is 2130 metres, with 1000 of those being over the river below.

A couple of weeks ago, it was indeed our privilege to visit with all areas access the project and take a few piccies of our own. We also had a chat with one of the chief engineers for whom this is his 52nd bridge construction project.

Our Health & Safety briefing included such tips as don’t get run over and don’t fall off the bridge. Fortunately neither calamity befell us and we spent a morning in sheer awe of how a structure this size takes shape.

Mersey Gateway Bridge

Underneath the mighty bridge

We’re told it’s a similar design to the newer of the two Severn bridges, though this one has three towers.

As our pictures show, those things that look like cables from a distance are considerably more robust, nay chunky.

Tardis Tanker on the bridge

A regular sight on the bridge even before it opened

Road signs were being fitted to the gantries and whilst major construction has now finished, there is still a lot going on.

For those not familiar with the location, the bridge links the good folk of Runcorn with those of Widnes. There already is a bridge, in the shape of the Silver Jubilee bridge, built in 1961 and later given that name in 1977 to mark the silver jubilee of the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

This attractive structure visually similar to the Sydney harbour bridge in Australia, will be closing for a year for maintenance upon opening of its larger neighbour, then will reopen as a working bridge after that.

Video taken by DJ Ian Entertainments, posted to You Tube

Glad we took that tip about not falling in the river.  As we were crossing for the final time, we witnessed the swift incoming tide first hand and indeed, it’s a strong tide.

We think you’ll agree from our pictures, that both structures old and new are pleasing on the eye.

And as another long running project for Tardis winds down, we’d like to congratulate the builders on such a magnificent project and many enjoyable journeys to those who’ll be crossing the bridge.

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

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.

Leicester Caribbean Carnival 1

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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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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tardis New Vacuum Tankers Set To Arrive This Month – April 2014.

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2 x brand new Euro 5 Vacuum tankers are coming at the end of April 2014. These two new vacuum tankers are part of our growing effort to lower our carbon footprint and help protect the environment. The two new tankers will be fully chapter 8 approved and accredited. The tankers will also be Crossrail complaint. Crossrail compliant vehicles must have the following equipment to be allowed on to a Crossrail construction site.

  • All HGVs must have Fresnel lenses
  • Side scan equipment which will give of an audible beep in the driver’s cabin. This is to warn the driver of the HGV that there is an object or person on the left inside space.
  • Side and Rear Cameras, with a TV monitor in the cabin
  • Under-run guards must also be fitted. This is to help prevent cyclists from coming into contact with the HGVs wheels.
  • Carry signs must also be fitted to warn cyclists and pedestrians.

We are eager to start operating our new machines allow us to cope with the growing economy and ensure we can meet our client’s needs.

Both tankers are Euro 5, which means that the emissions they produce are almost as clean as the surrounding air and won’t damage the environment. This helps us lower our carbon footprint.

Vacuum Tankers Capabilities

Our Tardis Vacuum tankers can provide services such as septic tank emptying, welfare waste tank emptying, drain vacuuming unblocking and much more. All our vacuum tankers will carry 40 meters of suction hose (More can be requested).  For awkward access waste tanks and septic tanks our mobile vacuum tanker will be the ideal choice. This is a towable vacuum tank towed by a Tardis Landrover; its small size and off road capabilities makes a great alternative to heavy goods vehicles vacuum tankers.

All the drivers we provide are fully trained in the equipment they use. If require our drivers to deliver clean fresh water then our EUSR trained and accredited in water hygiene drivers will deliver clean fresh water.

If you need a septic tank emptying service or a welfare waste tank emptying service call Tardis today on Free Phone 0800 731 0589 and see how we can assist you.

Tardis Environmental UK Selects Paperless Technology

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TranSend  will enable Tardis to streamline its delivery and collection operation by building and optimising routes, recording job tickets and monitoring the progress of these routes and jobs in real time.  This includes electronic proof of delivery and collection, thereby eliminating lost job tickets and ensuring that drivers are carrying out jobs correctly. They will use the TranSend integrated route planning & job management application, running on Motorola TC55 Android devices with built-in scanners.

Tardis operates 60 vehicles covering wet waste collection, portable toilet hire, drainage services, water bowsers, waste tanks and road sweepers.  They pride themselves on excellence in service and offer a nationwide service with a 24 hour call out 7 days a week.

 

will be used to build and optimise routes based on job details to reduce mileage and better utilise driver time.  Drivers will download their allocated route for the day on their handheld device and then follow the prescribed process for deliveries and collections, including any special instructions, such as signatures and photographic evidence.

The TranSend solution provides a web-based back office management portal that will provide Tardis with complete visibility of routes and jobs in progress. Using GPS tracking from the driver’s handheld device, TranSend captures any events and exceptions that occur during the day and also manages driver compliance against their allocated route and jobs.

 

TranSend Solutions are experienced in the waste water sector and their routing and job management system is an excellent fit for our business ‘out of the box’. By automating ticket validation we will have accurate, real-time data to prove that jobs have been completed correctly.”

“We will be able to create different processes, according to the type of job, to ensure that each job is carried out to our specified standards. It also gives us scope to cover other business areas in the future.”

“TranSend provides us with an integrated route planning and job management from one supplier, which means we have a single point of contact for software, hardware and support. The system is easy to use for both drivers and office staff and will enable us to schedule and complete jobs more efficiently, as well as respond more quickly to our customers.”

Chris Boydon, managing director, at Tardis Environmental UK

For more information on our septic tank emptying or portable toilet hire freephone 0800 731 0589 or send us an e-mail:- info@tardishire.co.uk

Septic Tank Emptying

Septic Tank EmptyingWhat can a Vacuum Tanker Empty?

We get calls from all over the UK requesting a septic tank emptying service. But not a lot of people know that a Vacuum tanker can do a lot more than just suck up wet waste from a septic tank.

Some of our tanker tanks are split into 2 sections. Here is an example, one of our 26ton Vacuum tankers can hold 3000 gallons of liquid 2500 gallons of this liquid will be waste from an septic tank emptying service and the other 500 gallons is for fresh clean water to refill our Tardis water bowsers.

Not only can our tankers hold fresh water (Not for Drinking), they can also come with added attachments that can perform jobs like a wash down after a septic tank emptying service to leave the septic tank nice and clean or some of our tanker have a pressure washer lance to help remove hard debris that is stuck. The pressure washing lance is normally used for pumping stations.

There are also other wet waste jobs our vacuum tankers can remove.

Our vacuum tankers can remove wet waste from cesspit/cesspools, portable toilets, welfare units, storm drains and most hazardous waste.

So if you need a septic tank emptying service or an wet waste removal service then give Tardis Environmental a call today on 0800 731 0589

New Septic Tankers have arrived!

Tardis has taken delivery of 2 new Tankers ready for Septic tank empties

Tardis Environmental is always upgrading its vacuum tankers fleet with the latest technology. Our new septic tankers have all the safety equipment and are Crossrail compliant and chapter 8 approved.

All Crossrail compliant vehicles must have the following safety equipment to be able to work within Crossrail construction sites.

  1. all HGVs must have Fresnel lenses
  2. Side scan equipment which will give of an audible beep in the driver’s cabin. This is to warn the driver of the HGV that there is an object or person on the left inside space.
  1. Under-run guards must also be fitted. This is to help prevent cyclists from coming into contact with the HGVs wheels.
  1. Carry signs must also be fitted to warn cyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Side and Rear Cameras, with a TV monitor in the cabin.

 Chapter 8 explained

All vehicles that work or stop on a highway for purposes of work or inspections must be equipped with high visibility rear markings, also HGV or long vehicles must have marking on the side if they are to be used in temporary traffic management situations.

So if you require a professional septic tank emptying service that has all the latest equipment in safety and septic tank emptying, who have EUSR training in water hygiene. Not to mention our tankers have won the FORS Bronze membership.

Call Tardis Environmental today on 0800 731 0589 for all your septic tank emptying needs. We also deliver up to 30,000 litres of clean water with our tanker trailer hire service.