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.

new and old

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.

You can’t get fitter than a Tardis Fitter.

Quite often, our clients on site, take delivery of a water or waste tank and then say, now we’ve got to fit it…

Unloading the tools and fittings for another fitting job

Right said Sam…

That’s when we tell them, we’ve an experienced team in place for just that.

For site based plumbing and electricals, we’ve trained, experienced people to provide the service to get you operational.

We realise that not all the items on hire from Tardis are simply plug and play. A single portable shower for example, which needs power supply, water supply and drainage arranging.  Then there’s the initial set up of site welfare cabins and toilet blocks.

A couple of weeks ago, we were out in the pouring rain (what did we say about Tardis fitters, unstoppable)?  A two storey welfare and admin block which required hooking up to water in waste out.

As it was a brand new site, there were probably more Tardis bods than site folk that morning.  Firstly, our crane lorry arrived with the much needed tanks.

The waste tank is buried to improve gravity feed

Waste tank is buried

Shortly after, the Tardis fitters who were briefed by the site personnel as to where everything had to be placed.

The waste tank was buried up to its inspection ports at the rear of the block and the water tank sited just round the other side.

Tardis water tank

The water tank is sited and filled with clean water

While the waste tank was being connected to the cabins, the Tardis H2O on site water tanker arrived and filled the water tank with 5000 litres of clean water for hand washing and toilet flushing purposes.

Clean water delivery by Tardis H2O

Tardis H2O water tanker

Once the waste tank was ready for duty, the Tardis crew set about plumbing in the water tank.

Tardis Pump Protection Box

The all important pump protection box housing an electric on-demand pump

An electric on-demand pump was put into the water line, to provide water pressure to the cabin.  This was put inside one of our now famous pump protection boxes, someone thinking ahead to the chilly days a few weeks away.

These custom-made boxes provide weather proofing protection from wind, rain and of course frosty conditions, they really are a must for site based installations.

So, despite everyone being ankle deep in rust coloured mud, the job was completed in a working day and left ready for occupancy by the site staff.

plumbed in job done by Tardis Fitters

Cabin all plumbed in for waste disposal and clean water supply

A hot toddy and feet soaked in a hot bowl of Radox and the fitters were ready for more of the same.

As they say, you can’t get fitter than a Tardis Fitter…

Changes to Hazardous Waste Registration effective April 1st 2016

From April 1st 2016, premises in England will no longer need to register as a hazardous waste producer, regardless of the amount they produce or store on their site.

Hazardous waste is generally waste that is considered harmful to human health, animals or the environment, this includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Solvent-based inks and paints
  • Pesticides
  • Oils (except edible ones) e.g. car oil
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Equipment containing ozone-depleting substances e.g. fridges
  • Hazardous packaging waste

Some premises are exempt from the registration requirement.

When registering your premises, you are given a unique ‘premises code’ which is only valid for 12 months from the date of registration. There is a fee for each site you register.

The decision to remove the requirement to register has been made by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Good & Rural Affairs) as part of the Smarter Environmental Regulation Review (Red Tape Challenge).

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Red Tape Challenge

 

These changes do not apply until April 1st 2016.

You should always use an authorized business such as ourselves, to collect, recycle or dispose of your hazardous waste, to view our waste carriers license please click here.

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.

hazardous waste removal tanker

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.

 

Pillow Tanks

Here at Tardis Environmental we now offer a range of pillow tanks with the capacity of up to 1000 m3 for preserving water resources, they can be used for both temporary and permanent solutions. Pillow tanks are also known as flexible tanks, they get the name pillow tanks because of the “pillow case” like shape that they have. Pillow tanks are self-supporting this means that they can be placed directly on to any clean and horizontal surface. These tanks are suitable for a number of different uses and can be used for drinking water storage, fire, water storage as well as industrial effluents which includes waste water, sewage sludge and leachates. They can also be used for storing chemicals, oils and liquids. For more information on pillow tanks and to see our spec sheets please click here to go to our website.

pillow tank

The pillow tanks are ideal for storing drinking water for example:

  • Water storage on building sites and living compounds
  • Supplying water to a remote site
  • Water reserves for developments and emergency missions
  • Storage of water for industrial processes
  • Watering for livestock

Pillow tanks can also be used for fire protection for example storing fire water in:

  • Remote areas
  • Construction sites
  • Where the water network is insufficient

Below is an image of a pillow tank.

pillow tank

Benefits to using closed pillow tanks are that:

  • They protect your water from air, mosquitoes, light and all forms of contamination
  • The water remains intact without any evaporation
  • You can drink in complete safety
  • They require no maintenance
  • They are easy to transport
  • Because our tanks are manufactured from a highly resistant material, they are resistant to weather conditions from -30˚C to ++70˚C, this means that they have a long life span
  • All that is required is that the pillow tank is placed on a flat horizontal surface
  • Pillow tanks are quick and easy to install, with that you can install one in four easy steps:
  1. Unpack it
  2. Unroll it
  3. Unfold it
  4. It is all set up!
  • Pillow tanks can also be folded up completely when not in use

For further information on pillow tanks please go to our website by clicking here or please call us on 0800 731 0589.

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.

the big one

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Tanks for Glastonbury

23 waste tanks supplied to Glastonbury Festival

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This year we have been asked again to supply Glastonbury Festival 23 waste tanks

Because we fabricate our own tanks from 4mm steel and have our own fabricator. This will enable us to fabricate any size or any shape waste tank you will need for your site or festival.

Why go steel over plastic for your waste tank

The benefits of a steel waste tank is that a steel tank is highly durable, can be moved around site without causing much damage to the tank, will still operate in cold or hot weather without cracking and most importantly you can stack your welfare or cabin unit on top of the tank, which will create space at your festival or construction site.

Have a waste tank to suit your site needs

As we fabricate our own tanks, we can fabricate a tank to suit your needs. We came create any shape and size tank with lots of additional features than your standard waste tank.

Tank features

  •  Viewing Eye
  • Submersible pump
  • High level alarm
  • Inspection hatch
  • Stopper Valve

If you need more info on our waste tanks call today on 0800 731 0589

Tardis Environmental UK Selects Paperless Technology

Transend To Help Tardis Environmental to go paperless!

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

New Vacuum Tankers to arrive In April 2014

2 brand new vacuum tankers are due to arrive at the Tardis Environmental headquarters near the to the end of April. These new tankers will be able to perform jobs like septic tank emptying and hazardous waste removal.

Tank Emptying Service

The new tankers will have the latest technology and equipment to be able to perform jobs like septic tank emptying with ease. Both new tankers will be fully chapter 8 approved and Crossrail compliant. This will mean we will be able to perform jobs like cesspit/cesspool emptying and septic tank emptying at Crossrail sites.

While performing a septic tank emptying service head office can keep track of the vehicle and if need be redirect it to another job or can be re-routed to avoid heavy traffic.Septic tank Emptying

All our septic tank emptying, wet waste and hazardous waste removal services are done by our highly trained tanker drivers who are fully trained and up to date with current methods.

Our drivers are also training to do their CSCS, which will be a requirement for all plant operators by September 2014

For more information on our septic tank emptying service call 0800 731 0589 or E-mail us at info@tardishire.co.uk