Arla Foods

Customer

Arla Foods, Aston Clinton

Situation

Dairy pollution into a balancing pond, low DO levels

Challenges

Difficult access and high odour if disturbed, monitored by the Environment Agency

Background

Despite the latest high-tech equipment and diligent workforce, Arla suffered an equipment failure which leaked dairy pollution into a balancing pond. The pond also suffered from historical sludge build-up amounting to 5,000 tonnes and low DO levels as a result of sodium percarbonate being prescribed by the Environment Agency, killing the ecosystem. Wildlife was destroyed, the water turned black and DO levels fell to almost zero.

Solution

Eco WMT to treat the pond with bacteria specifically designed to digest (eat) dairy waste. After 4 weeks of treatment, approximately half of the sludge had been digested, the water was clear and DO readings of 60% to 71% were present.

“This is remarkable. The pollution caused by equipment failure created a smelly, rancid, anaerobic balancing pond. The Environment Agency immediately stopped us discharging into the canal and insisted we tip sodium percarbonate into the water. This killed everything and turned the water black. We called Eco WMT to treat the pond. After 4 weeks, the water was clear and odourless. We are seriously impressed! Over 3,000 tonnes of sludge have been digested by bacteria!”

Martin McBride, EHS Coordinator for Arla Aston Clinton

FAQs

Why are Eco Tabs better than my current products?

There are no current products the same as Eco-tabs. Physical removal of the sludge and specialist removal by tanker was the only alternative.

Eco Tabs are unique and 100% environmentally friendly and 100% safe for all human, animal, avian, aquatic and wildlife. Eco Tabs are a blend of specific non-pathogenic bacteria chosen to do a certain job, i.e. digest (eat) organic sludge. Once the bacteria have digested all the organic sludge, they die off (3-4 months) and are digested by the new bacteria. The byproducts of non-pathogenic bacteria are 95% water and 5% carbon dioxide.

Do Eco Tabs work out better value than my current products?

Compared to manual cleaning/removal and disposal customers can expect to significantly reduce their costs dependent on flows, arriving effluent etc.

Are there other benefits of using Eco Tabs?

Each Eco Tab contains billions of dehydrated bacteria CFU. Every microbiologist will confirm that bacterial digestion is optimised in an aerated environment. Therefore, every Eco Tab contains sodium bicarbonate to deliver an oxygenated environment within the water column without the need for pumps, power etc.

Are there any negative side effects?

No. Eco Tab bacterial treatment is 100% environmentally friendly. 100% safe for all human, animal, aquatic and wildlife.

Benefits

  • Each tablet contains over 120 billion bacterial CFU
  • Natural ingredients, 100% non-toxic and 100% environmentally friendly
  • 100% safe for human, animal, aquatic, avian and wildlife
  • No PPE required
  • MSDS and technical data available upon request