MAN enough for the job…

Just arrived this morning, our new MAN Euro 6 waste tanker which has a 2500 gallon waste capacity and 1000 gallon clean (non drinking) water capacity.

The vehicle has a pressure washer and is fully Crossrail compliant meaning it has all the modern safety features to allow use on busy Crossrail sites in London.

This includes a system which auto senses pedestrians or cyclists passing in the nearside of the vehicle, the driver is alerted with a tone and sidescan cameras activate so he can see who or what is in the blind spot.

New MAN Tanker

New MAN Tanker

New MAN Tanker arrived on site this morning

New MAN Tanker arrived on site this morning

We’ve a short video presentation on Crossrail compliance which you can watch.

We receive a lot of e mail and calls about our distinctive Tardis fleet and now it just increased by one.


Just like the universe, Tardis is expanding (again).

Dateline July 27 2015 – Brownhills Walsall

Tardis Environmental Brownhills

Several busy Tardis departments sat themselves down in their brand new home on the edge of leafy Brownhills common in the West Midlands.

The hire desk team, transport and IT departments set up their hi tech kit in airy large offices and will soon be joined by accounts leaving the depots at Fryers Road Bloxwich and Cannock Road New Invention for operations, Health & Safety HR and management teams.

Tardis Environmental Signage

Apart from a little teething problem with the newly established cloud phone system on our first day (for which we apologise if you tried to call us), the move went smoothly.

Smiling John Babb, Hire Desk Manager

Smiling John Babb, Hire Desk Manager

Hire desk team in action handling the nation’s calls

Hire desk team in action handling the nation’s calls

We’ve loads of space, a posh reception and meeting rooms.

Tardis Reception

Our telephone number is still the same whomever it is you wish to speak with (0800 731 0589), as we can transfer calls between the branches. Did get a request from a driver to open the security gate at Fryers Road which was a little difficult from 7 miles away, but we’re working on a fix for that (and maybe we lie a little)…

There’s more than one way to help the environment!

Here at Tardis Environmental we’re a really a very helpful bunch.

Last week we were rewarded a ‘Tree Certificate’.

Tardis Environmental Tree Certificate

Tardis Environmental Tree Certificate

We’ve helped plant a tree as part of the Children and Youth Initiative Plant-for-the-Planet. With the planting of trees around the world, the initiative is looking to improvethe climate crisis.

We were awarded a certificate indicating that we are actively participating in protecting our environment.  All donated trees help the children of Plant-for-the-Planet tostrive for a better climate and a better future.

In addition to our arborial awards, last week our name was also included in a petition to support a Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation, as part of the WaterAid campaign.  115,056 signatures were presented to the UK Government in Westminster requesting more support to ensure everyone has access to clean water and safe toilets by 2030. Dangerous toilets cost lives!

More information on the presentation of the petition at the Houses of Parliament can be seen here.

As you will all know, Tardis Environmental proudly sponsors Water Aid.

Tardis Environmental are proud sponsors of WaterAid

Tardis Environmental are proud sponsors of WaterAid

Local pages for local people…

People of the north, our new pages are just for you!

Announcing our new “northern pages” spreading the word of Tardis service near and far.

Seriously, our new depot which opened in Warrington a couple of months ago, strengthened the level of service we can supply into the north, north west and over to Yorkshire in fact.

We’ve given the pages local numbers and developed them in line with the districts they serve, giving a local feel but offering a sterling service from a national company.

As part of the development process, we sought help from local photographers who gave permission for their photos to be used on the pages via Flickr where we too also have a photostream, it’s a very friendly community. In fact we had a bit of a surprise when we discovered we knew one of the photographers who allowed us to use two of his super night shots.

Warrington Town Hall gates by NW Beer

Warrington Town Hall gates by NW Beer

Liverpool night time panorama by Gary S Crutchley

Liverpool night time panorama by Gary S Crutchley

The Corn Exchange Leeds by Stephen Feather

The Corn Exchange Leeds by Stephen Feather

We’ll be monitoring the response to our new localised feel and if people like it, will expand it to encompass the other areas our depots cover, so go visit and let us know what you think.

If you’re foraging online and take a look at our new Flickr stream, you’ll see we’ve a few submitted photos by shutterbugs around the country who spot our toilets and vehicles on site, on the roads even on telly.

Love your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and a Tardis toilet

Love your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and a Tardis toilet

We’re a generous bunch here at Tardis towers and it’s not been unknown for us to raid the goodies cabinet and send out tokens of our appreciation so, keep your eyes peeled Tardis Taggers.

Links to the new pages Warrington Tel: 01925 377 758 Preston Tel: 01772 282 749 Manchester Tel: 0161 667 5044 Liverpool Tel:  0151 559 1291 Leeds Tel: 0113 324 4994

Septic tank emptying by Tardis

Although not as common as they may have been, many homes still rely on septic tanks, particularly in more rural areas.

If your property is not connected to a mains sewer, you may have a septic tank, where the sewage from the bathroom, toilet, shower or kitchen ends up.

A septic tank simply works like a smaller version of wastewater treatment works, as the sewage flows into the tank – its forms 3 layers.

  • First layer – scum or crud. This layer sits on the top of the tank, and will not decompose naturally. More about this later.
  • Second layer – wastewater is able to drain away out of an outlet pipe to a soakaway or drain field.
  • Third layer – the bottom layer of sludge is rather clever. It is allowed to settle on the bottom of the tank. This layer will be digested by bacteria that are breeding in the tank.

Alternatively, some properties have a cesspit or cesspool to hold wastewater and sewage. A cesspit tends to be above ground and has an opening hatch, whereas a septic tank is normally buried beneath the ground not far away from the property. A cesspit does not have an outlet pipe to a drain.

As mentioned above, the first layer within the tank does not decompose, and will need to be removed. To ensure the septic tank works properly, septic tank emptying should be carried out. Cesspits will also need to be emptied.

Ideally, septic tank emptying should be carried out on a regular basis. Exact frequency of emptying would depend on the size of the tank, how much waste it can hold and also the number of people living in the household, and therefore creating waste.

It is as equally important for low usage properties also to be emptied.

Septic Tank Emptying

Septic Tank Emptying

If septic tank emptying is not maintained, it can cause bad odours, flooding and also pollution, 3 things you definitely will not want.

Luckily, septic tank emptying is included under the array of services Tardis Environmental can offer across England, Wales and Scotland.

As a licensed waste carrier, you can be confident with the service we provide.

For properties where septic tank emptying is required more frequently, it may be a good idea to schedule it as part of a routine service. This would ensure tanks stay efficient, increasing their functional life, whilst also reducing the possibility of blocked drains and overflowing.

Tardis Tanker

Tardis Tanker

Our 6000 gallon tankers allow us to remove septic tank waste in large volumes. We are able to service domestic properties with tight access, with our smaller HGV’s allowing easier access.

For more information, visit our website page on septic tank emptying which details all you will need to know!

With warm weather, you often get thirsty workers.

Looking for a solution to keep your workers hydrated? We might just have the answer!

Tardis H2o offer high quality water coolers ideal for office or site use.

H2o on Site Water Coolers

H2o on Site Water Coolers

We’ve compiled a list of handy tips for getting the most out of your water cooler.

Do not store the water coolers or replacement water bottles:

  • In an outside location
  • In direct sunlight
  • In a bathroom
  • Near contaminating materials, or in a dusty, unventilated or humid environment
  • On a sloping surface


  • Empty and wash out the drip tray located below the tap (if there is one) regularly
  • Check the use by dates on the bottles
  • Replace the bottle within three weeks of loading onto the water cooler
  • Ensure the outside surfaces of the water cooler are kept clean

Do not:

  • Poor any unused water or other liquids into the drip tray
  • Touch the nozzles of the dispensing taps
  • Leave the cooler without a bottle on


  • Unplug water cooler if out of water
  • Report any water taste or appearance problems as soon as they appear
  • Load water bottles onto the cooler following any manual handling recommendations
  • Allow for at least 70mm for ventilation around the cooler

Do not:

  • Leave the water cooler plugged into the power supply with no water in the bottle or without a bottle

Replacing the plastic bottle only takes moments

  • Remove the tamper-evident label from the bottle cap
  • Lift the bottle over the cooler sensibly
  • Store empty bottles in a safe place, if awaiting collection

Do not:

  • Remove the bottle cap
  • Refill the bottle with water from the tap
  • Throw away the empty bottle – they may hold a refundable deposit
Water Coolers Do's and Don'ts

Water Coolers Do’s and Don’ts

We offer two water cooler models – a standard model as well as a countertop water cooler, which is ideal when space is at a premium. Both models serve hot and cold water.

For more information on short or long term water cooler hire, give Tardis H2o a call on 0800 731 0589.

If you have anymore questions feel free to contact us.

Tardis H2o offers water delivery service

Our ever-expanding fleet of water tanks and water tankers covers almost every water delivery service option available.

Britain will hopefully receive some hot weather this year. And with hot weather, this could also mean a reduced amount of rainfall. Although a hot British summer is great for the rest of us, it’s not ideal for farming, seeding and grassing as the soil will become drier.

That’s where Tardis H2o comes in – bulk water can be supplied for such services as seeding and grassing across the UK.

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

We can supply a bulk water delivery service to be used in seeding and grassing in areas such as the following:

  • Roadsides
  • Waste management sites
  • Golf courses
  • Sports pitches
  • Windfarms
  • Coastal projects
  • Agricultural grass
  • Housing developments

The areas above are not inclusive; there are also other seeding and grassing applications we can service.

Our depots are strategically located to cover areas in the North and South of England. As our water tanker fleet varies in capacities, also complemented by our 4×4 vehicles, we have the ability to deliver to a wide range of location types.

Specification sheets for some of our 2 of the vehicles from our fleet are detailed below.

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 Litre Water Tanker

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 litre rear wheel drive water tanker – ideal in locations such as farm gates, when there is little room to manoeuvre.

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

If you require more information on the water delivery service we provide contact us on the normal phone number or enquire via the Tardis H2o website.

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.

Hiring a portable toilet – what do I need to know?

Here at Tardis Environmental, we like to make everything as simple as possible for our clients.

In this post, we have answered a number of important questions which should be considered when hiring a portable toilet, portable disabled toilet, portable shower or portable urinal unit.

Is there adequate access for delivery of the units?
When hiring a portable toilet or other units from the range we offer, the delivery vehicle will depend on the quantity ordered, delivered using a 3.5 ton, 7.5 ton or 7.5 ton vehicle with trailer.

Hiring a Portable Toilet

Portable Toilets going out for delivery

Where will I site the unit/units?
When hiring a portable toilet, the unit will need to be sited where our drivers can easily drop off and collect.

If there is a wall or other obstacle in the way, then a crane-mounted lorry may be required for delivery and collection. Please inform us if this is the case at the time of ordering.

Do I need water, electric and foul waste connection?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets do not need any connections, but may require servicing if on hire for a long period of time or have numerous users.

Tardis hot wash portable toilets require a 240v 16amp connection to an electricity source.

Tardis portable shower units also require a water source and run off for the waste, as well as a 240v 32amp electricity supply.

Additional services?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets are self-contained requiring no additional plumbing or connections. Portable showers and hot wash portable toilets do however require a connection to external services.

We can supply a fully qualified Tardis plumber or electrician to complete the necessary connections. Please talk to the hire desk at the time of booking for more details.

Are the units going to be safe?
We recommend that units are delivered and sited in a location where they are less likely to be stolen or vandalised.

Please be aware, that whilst our units are on hire to you, you are fully responsible for any damage that may occur.

How many portable toilets do I need for my event?
It is important to consider the number of toilets you will require in ratio to the number of people attending your event.

If you are unsure of the numbers, our hire desk are here to help, with experience in both small and large events, we can advise the unit quantities most suitable to your event.

What will be supplied with the toilet?
The portable toilets will be delivered with toilet roll and hand sanitizer, unless sink fitted and we will also supply paper towels.

Once the initial supplies run out, it is your responsibility to replenish consumables unless you have requested us to replenish consumables.

When will we collect the toilets?
We will try to collect the units as soon as possible after the hire period has finished. Please allow up to 5 working days for collection. During this tine, the units are still the responsibility of the customer.

Important questions when hiring a portable toilet

We hope to have answered any questions you may have about hiring a portable toilet.

If there is anything we have missed out, contact our hire desk team who are here to help.

View our range of portable toilets, portable showers and portable urinals online at


Draining a flooded lift shaft

Anyone who knows us here at Tardis, is aware we cover a wide range of services which nestle under the environmental umbrella.

Occasionally we do find ourselves asked the unusual, for example draining a flooded lift shaft.

You’ll find this happens in older hi rise blocks where the original design and building regulations didn’t take into account the possibility of flooding or general water ingress at the bottom of a lift shaft which in more modern buildings is removed by purpose made pumping equipment.

An example of a high rise flat block that could possibly have have a flooded lift shaft

High Rise Flat Block

When this facility is missing Tardis steps into the breach.

We’ve the equipment and the expertise to assess the situation, provide the right equipment (tanker, hose arrangement etc) come in, remove the flooding and dispose of it safely and ethically.

A few words about assessing the situation.

Quite often it will be found that the pool at the bottom of the lift shaft isn’t just water. More often there will be oil and grease which is after all a commonplace ingredient in lift gear.

We provide the right type of vacuum tanker and disposal method helping you stay the right side of the law and regulatory bodies.

Prior to collection, we would ask that you register your premises with the Environment Agency. You can contact them on 03708 502858 for further information on classifying the waste produced by the flooded lift shaft.

Of course, whilst we’re sorting the problem, we’ll ensure that Health & Safety issues are properly addressed and that lift downtime is kept to a minimum.

As a licensed waste carrier, you can be assured the mixture will be disposed of legally and ethically with all relative paperwork kept for inspection if necessary.

All part of the Tardis service.

We’ve forged strong working relationships with property management companies and social housing organisations across the country. So if you find yourself in a similar situation to some of our established clients, give us a call on the usual number.

Remember we’re a 24 hour 365 day operation too, so if the situation is grave, you know who you can trust.