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Commercial oil tank removal and disposal - how does it work?​

The easiest and safest way to get rid of oil tanks

Commercial oil tank removal and disposal is a process designed to safely and responsibly eliminate unused or decommissioned oil storage tanks found in commercial properties.

Whether due to regulatory requirements, the need for replacement, or a shift away from oil-based heating systems, the removal and disposal of these tanks are essential to mitigate environmental risks and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Here is an overview of how the commercial oil tank removal and disposal process typically works:

  • Initial assessment – A professional environmental services company will examine the tank, its condition, and the surrounding area to identify potential risks and determine the best approach for removal.
  • Obtaining permits – The environmental services company will handle the necessary paperwork and obtain the permits needed to proceed with the removal process.
  • Tank emptying – A licensed contractor will pump out the contents of the tank while adhering to proper safety procedures and containment measures to prevent spills or leaks.
  • Tank cleaning – After the tank is emptied, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned to remove any residual oil or sludge. This cleaning may include a brief, initial clean on site and then  they will be fully and deeply cleaned back at the depot, before responsible disposal takes place.
  • Tank removal – The environmental services team will carefully excavate the tank from the ground, taking precautions to prevent any damage to the surrounding area. Heavy machinery may be used to lift and transport the tank to a designated disposal area.
  • Disposal and recycling – Once the tank is removed, it is transported to an approved facility for proper disposal or recycling.
  • Site remediation – After the commercial oil tank removal and disposal, the area is thoroughly inspected for any signs of leaks or contamination.
  • Documentation and certification – Upon completion of the process, the environmental services company will provide documentation certifying that the tank has been properly removed and disposed of in accordance with local regulations (Waste Transfer Notes are given with invoices).

Our team of experts at Ashwaste Environmental are equipped to handle commercial oil tank removal and disposal of any size. We follow all environmental laws and regulations, making sure your tank is properly removed and disposed of.

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