Complete Guide To Sludge Hauling

It’s vitally important that our environment is protected from harmful materials, whether they be liquids or solids.

These are commonly referred to as sludges. Sludge is accumulated in all manner of places including factories, processing plants and oil refineries.

There are many industrial processes that produce these sludges and it can be harmful to the environment if it isn't disposed of properly.

If your business produces waste such as sludge then you will need the services of a bulk waste logistics company.

Suttons Tankers has a fleet of vehicles that are specifically designed to transport and dispose of hazardous materials such as sludge.

In this post we will take a look further into sludge hauling. 

What is sludge hauling?

Sludge hauling refers to the removal, transportation and disposal of sludge. This happens so that it does not leak into the environment and cause harm.

How is sludge transported?

Sludge is transported using specialised tankers and equipment, just like the ones we have at Suttons tankers.

There are three main methods of handling and disposing of sludge, these include:

  • Dewatering the sludge and drying it, then disposing of it on a landfill site.
  • Incinerating the sludge.
  • Treating wastewater and using the remaining sewage sludge as fertiliser.
  • Treating through Anaerobic Digestion facilities for the production of green energy

What are the rules for sludge in the UK?

In the UK there are rules and regulations that must be followed when dealing with hazardous waste.

All companies must abide by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This law deals with issues regarding aspects of waste management and disposal.

If your business produces waste such as sludge you have a duty to ensure that it is dealt with safely.

Using the services of our bulk waste logistics fleet would be more than enough to ensure your company's waste is being managed correctly.

What is the difference between sludge and sewage?

Sewage is a mix of waste from kitchens, bathrooms and toilets. This is when solids and liquids will meet and be transported via sewers to be processed.

Sludge on the other hand is normally a mix of both organic and inorganic materials including chemicals, food waste, human waste, plastics and others.

Sludge can also refer to the solid waste which is left when sewage has been treated and turned into reusable or drinking water.

Both sludge and sewage can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly.

Can you change sludge haulage providers?

Yes you can.

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), also known as TUPE, is when a business wishes to switch to a new provider for a particular service.

If you are currently unhappy with your current sludge haulage provider then you can make the switch to Suttons Tankers seamlessly with TUPE regulations.

We have vast experience doing this for previous customers so the transition between providers is a smooth one.

Suttons Tankers – Sludge hauling experts

The management of waste can be a logistical concern for some businesses. At Suttons Tankers we have a large network fleet which is a geographical advantage for our customers all over the UK.

If you have any concerns or queries about your waste management we can arrange a site visit and assess your equipment and maintenance. This allows us to provide you with a suitable solution so that you know your sludge and waste is being handled correctly.

With our bespoke solutions we can be cost effective and efficient for our customers. Contact us today if you are thinking of switching waste management providers or need a new provider.

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