Bilge Bag for Boat Owners28/06/2019
A very cost-effective, simple environmentally friendly solution to removing hazardous fluids such as oil and fuel from the bilge and promotes the disposal of hydrocarbons safely.
This small lightweight bag is filled with a unique blend of polymer granules that when placed in water, will float and begin to absorb all traces of oil and fuel, turning the bag into a rubber-like mass. Once the bag has started to solidify, the oil and fuel is locked-in and can’t escape back in to the water even if the bag is squeezed or left in situ for a long time.
The Bilge Bag can be left in the bilge and re-used time after time, until it’s absorbed it’s maximum 1 litre capacity and then you can simply dispose of in a standard hazardous waste bin.
HOW TO USE THE BILGE BAG
SIMPLY PLACE THE BILGE BAG IN TO THE BILGE WATER AND LEAVE IN SITU TO ABSORB ANY OIL AND FUEL.
ONCE ABSORBED TO ITS MAXIMUM 1 LITRE CAPACITY, REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF IN TO STANDARD HAZARDOUS WASTE BIN.
Bilge water is one of the causes of water pollution.
Untreated bilge water can contain oil, fuel, solvents, chemicals
and more and when discharged into waterways, can pose a significant threat to fish, wildlife and humans - even in
small concentrations. Diesel and petrol in the bilge water are particularly toxic, but lubricant and hydraulic oils are
also very damaging. A large proportion of hydrocarbons found in waterways is preventable and results from boats
discharging their bilge water not knowing that it contains oily contaminants.
The Water Resources Act 1991
Under the Water Resources Act 1991, it is illegal to discharge anything but uncontaminated water into any surface
water and with clear guidance outlined by the Environment Agency Pollution Prevention Guidelines for marinas and
craft (PPG14), it is an offence to cause pollution of controlled waters, either deliberately or accidentally. Controlled
waters’ include all watercourses, canals, most lakes and reservoirs, estuaries, lochs and coastal waters out to three
miles. Diesel, oil and petroleum spirit, sewage and contaminated bilge water are all cause of pollution if discharged
into controlled waters.
The use of a Bilge Bag presents a very cost-effective, simple, environmentally friendly solution to removing
hazardous fluids such as oil and fuel from the bilge and promotes the disposal of hydrocarbons safely. There are
various oil absorbent pads on the market that absorb hydrocarbons to a point but they can saturate and leak
hydrocarbons, meaning that bilge water remains illegal to pump overboard.
Bilge Bags completely eradicate this problem and can be left in-situ in the bilge until they are completely solidified,
at which point they can be safely disposed of. Hydrocarbons are instantly encapsulated, solidified and immobilised.
Bilge Bags enable canal barge and boat owners to make a clean and hydrocarbon-free bilge a priority,