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Mechanical and chemical wastes

Whereas previously we have delved into partially scientific methods, here we are in the hands of specialists as most chemical wastes, apart from usually being toxic, can verge upon dangerous. Specialist countries or specialist engineers are invited to request our specialist methods, technology and products.

Definition and explanation

Chemical wastes are any waste products generated by, or discharged from or by, chemical activities foreign to natural biological processes. Production of plant protection chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are an example. Most of these are formulated with highly complex hydrocarbons that can be biodegraded by concentrations of selected microorganisms under ambient conditions. Many of these compounds will break down anyway, however this takes many years in 'raw' nature. BIO-SYSTEMS can usually speed up the process quite dramatically by applying high concentrations of microbes selected for the task.

Some authorities criticize us for this activity saying the natural microbes latent in the polluted environment will adapt to the task. This is certainly true, but it is similar to supplying 100 keyboards to 100 monkeys and hoping for a readable document within a year. At least with our products (B350, for example), there is every chance of the concentrated team of selected microbes chasing ('eating') and degrading a diesel fuel spill before it reaches and contaminates the underground water table. Once the oil is degraded, the bugs, devoid of their 'food' will recess harmlessly.

Chemical effluent streams

Because of their diverse properties and hazard potential, each chemical waste stream should be assessed independently to establish its degree of toxicity and the dangers (to both health and the environment) inherent in its transport and treatment. Many of these streams contain chemicals that are corrosive and/or poisonous to living organisms and somewhere, someone will have established a treatment protocol for their safe handling and reduction. The Canadians, for exampe, are often leaders in this field - due namely to their industrial codes of practice and early realization of man's insensitivity to his environment. As a result, most accidental oil spills are treated worldwide in accordance with Canadian guidelines.

Managing mechanical and chemical waste

BIO-SYSTEMS products that treat mechanical and chemical wastes include:

Bulk powders...

  1. B111 - most chlorinated organics and associated chemicals
  2. B350 - mechanical oil wastes, petroleum derivatives, lubes, etc.


  1. Hard Surface Degreaser (HSDG) - most oils and many other COD residues in harsh environments
  2. L1800 - most oils and many other COD residues in sensitive environments

In addition, we have many specialist products designed for targeting mixed effluents.

Note: We recommend that all the above be used in consultation with our experienced distributors who have direct access to our data bank and laboratories. These are not DIY applications, but rather are the preserve of the specialist professionals experienced in their fields - especially in light of possible contingent liability legislation should the application not follow a specifically approved protocol.

Click on the BIO-SYSTEMS Product table for a complete list of products. Also see our Mechanical waste case history.

For comprehensive information on how BIO-SYSTEMS can assist agricultural effluent disposal, click on Animal slurries, Crop processing wastes, Rural sewage treatment, Rural catering effluent, and Algae in ponds, lakes and dams.

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