Seddons Plant & Engineers Ltd has revealed an eco-friendly Polymer Pillow which is used to remove contaminants such as oil, petrol and diesel from polluted water within minutes.
Designed to clean up or de-water areas such as bunds, excavations, trenches and manholes, Polymer Pillows are placed in contaminated water to remove hydrocarbons to non-detectable levels and prevent the release of contaminants or hazardous fluids into the environment.
The Pillows are designed to allow teams working in the field to immediately resolve contamination problems without having to shut down and wait for third party vacuum trucks and other solutions to arrive.
Small and lightweight, Polymer Pillows contain a blend of polymer granules that solidify into a rubber-like solid upon contact with hydrocarbons. With the capacity for each Polymer Pillow to retain up to one litre of hydrocarbons, they can be left in-situ or used as part of a specific job. Once the Pillows are solidified, they can be removed from water by hand and be disposed of in standard hazardous waste bins. All hydrocarbons are ‘locked in’ to the polymer with no risk of leaching out or polluting the environment.
Polymer Pillows have been introduced to customers of Seddons Plant & Engineers Ltd including AJK Plant Hire which offers both operated and non-operated plant equipment and specialises in low ground pressure work.
Rob Percival, Service Manager at AJK Plant Hire commented: “We were a little sceptical about the Polymer Pillows at first, however once we placed one of the Pillows into a manhole in our yard, we were amazed at the results and how quick and easy they were to dispose of. Once floating in the water in the manhole, in no time at all the Pillow had soaked up the hydrocarbons that had leaked in after heavy rain, reducing environmental risk and allowing us to deal with the issue without having to contact a third party. We now use the Polymer Pillows on several different jobs, such as cleaning up manholes and de-watering trenches and excavations. We also have a couple in our catchment pit where the plant machinery gets cleaned after every job.”