Hazardous Waste Legislation Change

As of 1st April 2016, the Environment Agency will be implementing changes to hazardous waste regulations.

Premises in England will no longer need to register as hazardous waste producers, regardless of the amount they produce or store on site.

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

  • Asbestos
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Solvent-based inks and paints
  • Pesticides
  • Oils (excluding edible oils)
  • Equipment containing ozone-depleting substances. e.g. fridges
  • Hazardous packaging waste

A completed consignment note must still accompany any hazardous waste destined for disposal, although changes will affect the format.

  • The accommodate the removal of premises registration the producer will need to amend the first six characters of the consignment note code (currently the premises registration number), replacing them with the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name. The producer should ensure consistent use of the business name.
  • ‘EXEMPT’ will no longer be used.
  • The second set of characters will continue to be the five numbers of letters of the producer’s choosing. (This may sometimes be followed by an additional 1 or 2 letters.

Consignment Note Changes

The decision to remove the requirement has been made by DEFRA (The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), as part of the Smarter Environmental Regulation.

More than 21,000 regulations and rules are currently under review by the government, with the intention of either improving or deletion.

For information on the hazardous waste services we provide, follow this link to our website.

 

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.

2140 bunded diesel bowser

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

Muddy

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).

Tardis waste tanker

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.

muddy boot

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.

Tardis waste tanker

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.