The Benefits of Using Vacuum Trucks

It frequently amazes our clients how the Wessuc team is able to clean industrial tanks and reservoirs and haul away waste materials using our super vac trucks. There are many benefits however to using vacuum trucks for this purpose.

While there are a variety of types of vacuum trucks and attachments all designed for specific purposes and industries, these vehicles do share certain similarities. They are equipped with high-powered vacuum and hydro-excavation systems which are designed to clean out various types of industrial tanks, lagoons and municipal water infrastructure. These vehicles are also equipped with debris tanks of their own for hauling away materials for safe disposal.

The benefits of vacuum trucks for this purpose are as follows:

Versatility

There are a variety of makes and models of vacuum trucks on the market today that are equipped for a variety of cleaning jobs for both wet and dry debris. These vehicles can haul away large amounts of hazardous material as they are equipped with water tanks that can hold up to 1,500 gallons and debris tanks that can hold up to 2,000 gallons.

Safety

Employing vacuum trucks and experienced crews for cleaning tanks and reservoirs is one of the fastest and safest ways to get the job done. At Wessuc, our crews are fully trained and certified and our equipment is always well maintained and equipped for the job.

Operators undergo extensive training in Confined Space Entry, WHMIS, First Aid, Electrical Awareness, Traffic Protection and more.

Convenience

The most convenient way to have tanks cleaned is for it to be done onsite by experienced professionals with the right equipment. Our vacuum trucks require minimal water and our technicians are proficient at what they do.

Moving tanks and other equipment around is inconvenient at the best of times, but our fully mobile cleaning units save you the hassle.

Cost Savings

Since cleaning can be done onsite, it eliminates many of the costs that would come along with it otherwise. The logistics of each site are assessed ahead of time before the cleaning crew arrives with the super vac truck.

Before their arrival, safety issues are addressed and a plan is developed which in turn mitigates the risk of any unforeseen costs.

Operations Efficiency

Since tanks and other reservoirs are cleaned onsite, that means less downtime for the business or municipality. The amount of time that tanks or vessels are out of operation is reduced as there is no transporting them back and forth. They can be put back into operation as soon as the cleaning process is complete.

Further efficiency is gained by the fact that waste from the industrial tanks is captured directly in the debris tanks of the trucks making it ready for safe transport and disposal.

Whether you operate a business that uses industrial tanks, or whether you work for a municipality and are sourcing service providers to assist you with your cleaning needs and transporting materials, the team at Wessuc can help.

Contact us today for more information.

Waste-Free Ontario

In June 2016, the Ontario Government passed the New Waste-Free Ontario Act. This new legislation hopes to create “a circular economy where we have zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and where all resources, organic or non-organic, are used and reused productively to maximize the reintegration of recovered materials back into the economy”1

The historic linear thought of “produce-use-dispose” is harmful to the environment, financially risky, and not sustainable. Every year, approximately $1 billion worth of recoverable materials are lost to landfills across Canada.2 In 2013 alone, Ontario generated nearly 12 million tonnes of waste, which is the equivalent of almost a tonne of waste per Ontario resident each year.3

Organic waste is a particular problem because when it is landfilled it breaks down and emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more harmful to our climate than carbon.4  If Ontario’s organic waste diversion rate is increased by 10%, we could avoid emitting nearly 275,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.5

And yet, one particular organic waste, nutrient rich biosolids, is still being landfilled across Ontario. Each Ontario household creates approximately 1.2m3 of biosolids per year.6 And as populations across Ontario continue to increase, the amount of biosolids produced is going to continue to increase. Landfill space in Ontario is precious. There is a continuing landfill capacity deficit in Ontario, which means we have to export a significant amount of our waste to foreign landfills.7 So why are we still wasting landfill space on a material when it can be beneficially reused?

Land application of municipal biosolids is a sustainable way to not only reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills, but also as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and to provide essential micro and macro nutrients to agricultural soil across Ontario. Land application closes the circular loop outlined in the Waste-Free Ontario Act. Instead of biosolids being wasted and sent to landfill, they can be reused on agriculture fields as a very valuable source of nutrients.

  1. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
  2. Natural Resources Canada, 2006.
  3. Based on data from Waste Diversion Ontario, 2013; Residential GAP Diversion Rates, and Statistics Canada, Waste Management Industry Survey 2012.
  4. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
  5. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
  6. Water Environment Association of Ontario.
  7. Ontario Waste Management Association, 2015

Three Key Benefits of Solid Capturing

The process of solids capture is a cornerstone of waste management productivity for innumerable reasons. Some people within the agricultural and environmental industries may already be aware of capturing solids and its various advantages. For those that do not know, solid capturing or dewatering is essentially the process of wastewater being divided into its liquid and solid constituents. In other words, the not-so-useful sludge we call wastewater is converted into two resources that possess much more utility: freshly treated water and nutrient-rich biosolids. Read ahead to discover how this by-product of water treatment is an economic, environmental, and agricultural asset.

Economic Benefits

Biosolids that are sifted from wastewater would normally be a nuisance that would be expensive to dispose of; however, biosolids have been found greatly beneficial when it comes to agriculture, forestry, lawn maintenance, and home gardening. As well, a lack of solid capture would be more costly for water treatment facilities as it would lead to more frequent maintenance and the breakdown of certain mechanical processes over time. Those that use biosolids on their soil will see economic benefits in their crop yields and overall soil quality. Furthermore, these people will save money as this valuable resource reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.

Environmental Benefits

Since biosolids are a recycled commodity, they are helping the environment simply by reducing what needs to go to the landfill. For farmers, gardeners, and foresters that fertilize with biosolids, they can avoid using chemical fertilizers that have adverse effects on the surrounding environment. Even the process of isolating biosolids from wastewater through dewatering is an eco-friendly act since it improves overall water quality. This means safer drinking and swimming water for us as well as for fish habitats. The suspended solids that biosolids are eventually removed from a can actually harbour a variety of viruses and damage a fish’s respiratory system. To sum it up, biosolids promote more environmentally conscious soil and water maintenance while reducing the impact of our ever-growing landfills.

Agricultural Benefits

In addition to being economically and environmentally viable, biosolids have also proven a precious resource for the agricultural industry. As previously mentioned, biosolids reduce the need for chemical fertilizers; this makes for safer, more natural land while removing a notable expense. The high-quality composition of biosolids is worth mentioning as well. They contain nutrients that are vital to plant growth like phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium. Besides these valuable nutrients, biosolids also offer a variety of heavy metals that are considered invaluable micronutrients for plant life. These micronutrients include but are not limited to zinc, nickel, copper, molybdenum, cobalt, and selenium. The presence of these key nutrients equates to greater crop growth and yields and further enriched soil. There is a reason why biosolids are being used in similar areas of expertise ranging from forestry to mine reclamation.

In short, solid capturing has allowed us to create a revolutionary commodity. Biosolids are an opportunity to improve the quality of our fields and the environmental quality of our world as a whole. If you are ever in need of an eco-friendly compost or fertilizer, biosolids are certainly worthy of your consideration.