EnviroPad

EnviroPad is a revolutionary spill mat that locks in hydrocarbons permanently. Innovative smart polymer technology turns oils, fuels and hydraulic fluids into a non-leaching solid, trapping them inside the pad. Can be used outdoors in all weathers and power washed clean. It does not need to be placed inside another container.

  • Proactive approach to capturing light spills
  • Locks in a wide range of hydrocarbons
  • Won’t fill with oily rainwater like a drip tray or berm
  • Easier and cleaner to use
  • Reduces the volume of waste you generate
  • Could be suitable for landfill in your state

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Specification

CODE PRODUCT SIZE CAPACITY
GRR 52 05 06 EPAD EnviroPad S6 – Small 18.1″ x 24″ Up to 1.6G oil
GRR 52 05 15 EPAD EnviroPad M15 – Medium 35.4″ x 27.2″ Up to 4G oil
GRR 52 05 31 EPAD EnviroPad L31 – Large 53.9″ x 35.8″ Up to 8.2G oil
GRR 52 05 50 EPAD EnviroPad XL50 – X Large 53.9″ x 53.9″ Up to 13.2G oil
GRR 52 05 80 EPAD EnviroPad XXL80 – XX Large 85.8″ x 53.9″ Up to 21.1G oil

 

Product Overview

What are spill pads used for?

Oil spill mats like EnviroPad are used to capture oil leaks and refueling spills when using motor-driven equipment like disc cutters, generators, pumps, lighting towers and fuel cubes. They fill the space between the SPCC requirements for bulk drum storage and reactive spill kits. EnviroPad is the proactive approach to capturing small spills.

How does EnviroPad work?

EnviroPad employs smart polymers which attract hydrocarbons and turn them into a non-leaching solid. The smart polymers do not react with or retain water. The high-quality mesh fabric on top of the EnviroPad wicks hydrocarbons across the surface to areas of unused polymer. This ensures that you get the most out of every EnviroPad before it needs replacing. EnviroPad sheds rainwater without flushing out any of the solidified hydrocarbons. Saturated EnviroPads can be safely hung up to drain. No sidewalls or liner are required.

What makes EnviroPad better than other spill mats, trays and berms?

EnviroPad is unique in that it locks hydrocarbon spills inside the pad permanently. It does this by turning oils and fuels into solid rubber. So when we make claims about the capacity of EnviroPad, you can believe it.

How do the alternatives compare?

Spill trays and berms collect rainwater which will mix with the captured hydrocarbons to create a volume of contaminated water. One of two things happens next. In most cases, the products are left to overflow or site workers tip the contents onto the ground. So you are not preventing pollution, you are just delaying it. If this happens on your site, you are wasting your money.

You should be disposing of this waste water responsibly by transferring it to a hazardous waste bin for collection by a third party waste contractor. This rarely happens because of the impracticality of moving a flooded drip tray or berm without spilling the contents on the ground. But if you did, then you are paying to dispose of gallons of contaminated water every time it rains. If this happens on your site, you are wasting your money.

With EnviroPad there is no waste water, no negligent behaviour, just no-nonsense pollution prevention. And because EnviroPad is TCLP-compliant, it may be suitable for landfill in your state.

Almost all ‘absorbent’ spill control products are made with polypropylene which is a sponge. Great at absorbing liquids; not so good at holding onto them. Hang these products up, carry them across site, put heavy equipment on them, and the absorbed hydrocarbons will drain or squeeze out onto the ground. That’s not what we call pollution prevention.

 

What makes EnviroPad so effective?

Green Rhino pioneered the use of smart polymers for spill control. We’ve tried countless methods of manufacture and countless blends of smart polymers. Our Neutroilize™ Smart Fabric Technology is the only method that retains hydrocarbons permanently and is unique to EnviroPad.

Which hydrocarbons does EnviroPad work with?

Our proprietary blend of smart polymers will work with a wide range of workplace hydrocarbons including motor oil, gasoline, diesel, hydraulic fluids, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and other bio fluids. Capacity of each type of fluid varies. Our ‘up to’ capacities refer to diesel and HVO.

Site workers prefer EnviroPad

EnviroPad doesn’t fill with oily, muddy water which makes it cleaner and easier to handle. When carried or stored vertically, hydrocarbons won’t drain out onto workers clothing, onto the store room floor or into the back of a van. And if there is one thing that can stop an environmental policy in its tracks, it’s a lack of workplace engagement.

FAQs

Why doesn’t the EnviroPad spill pad need side walls?

When hydrocarbons leak or spill onto an EnviroPad, they are quickly absorbed inside the pad and solidified. Rainfall will not flush the solidified contaminants out. You can even jet wash an EnviroPad clean.

What happens if I spill a large volume of oil or fuel onto an EnviroPad?

EnviroPad is designed to capture small leaks and spills in low-risk scenarios. Neither EnviroPad nor spill trays of any type are designed to contain catastrophic leaks or spills. If there is a significant risk of this – for example, a pierced oil drum – then you should be using a bunded area with at least 110% capacity of the risk. Consult the SPCC regulations.

How long will an EnviroPad last?

EnviroPad will last until it has absorbed its capacity in hydrocarbons which could take years. In the field, you are unlikely to know how much has been absorbed. However, when the smart polymer inside reacts with hydrocarbons it swells to around twice its original thickness. When an EnviroPad has thickened all over, it is time to replace it. In practice, customers tend to know when to replace them.

Spill control products can get very muddy when used on construction sites and this can impede their ability to capture spills. The great thing about EnviroPad is that it can be hosed or jet washed clean without risk of leakage. If you jet wash a drip tray or berm, you will just flush contaminants into the environment.

EnviroPad is also extremely rugged which makes it popular for refuelling areas. It can withstand being driven over regularly – even by tracked vehicles like excavators.

How should used EnviroPads be disposed of?

EnviroPad has no special COSHH requirements and can be disposed of in your normal hazardous waste bins.

In the US, EnviroPad is TCLP compliant which means that it may be considered as non-hazardous waste. Check with local, state and national regulations.

With spill trays and berms you are capturing, storing and disposing of liquid hydrocarbons which are highly flammable. EnviroPad converts hydrocarbons into a non-leaching solid which has significantly lower flammability and off-gassing properties.

Are all smart polymer spill pads the same?

EnviroPad’s Neutroilize™ Smart Fabric Technology is unique and the result of many years of experimentation. We’ve tried the other methods of using smart polymers to bind hydrocarbons permanently – like stitch bonding – and they just aren’t reliable. If you come across another smart polymer spill pad then the likelihood is that you’ll be advised to place it inside another container. That will tell you that it leaks.

Why do spill containment mats and spill trays made with polypropylene leak?

The oil-absorbent medium in absorbent spill products and traditional spill containment mats is polypropylene – an oleophilic sponge. Sponges leak when saturated, even oleophilic sponges. When these products fill with rainwater, some or all of the captured hydrocarbons will be flushed out. If these types of product are hung up for storage or carried vertically, hydrocarbons held in the polypropylene sponge will drain out.

“The flaws in the Plant Nappy were overcome by the EnviroPad”

Balfour Beatty Sustainability Case Studies 2018