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Qualitech to Launch New Portable Tank Cleaning Service for Utilities Sector

24 August 2021

North-west industrial cleaning and waste management specialist Qualitech has announced the launch of a new tank cleaning service for the utilities sector following an investment in the latest screening and classification technology from wet processing industry experts CDE.

One of the UK’s leading contractors specialising in waste management, recycling and industrial cleaning services, Qualitech will unveil its new D:MAX at RWM next month.

CDE’s D:MAX is a mobile, trailer-mounted screening and classification system which efficiently removes grit, rag and other troublesome solids from the water and wastewater treatment process.

Its mobility enables flexible processing of waste across a range of industries as it can be transported between sites to process material closer to the source, therefore eliminating the need to haul waste at high cost to a central processing facility.

The investment comes as the company marks 10 years in business and expands its range of services to support future growth, as Bob Currie, UK Business Development & Sales Manager at Qualitech, explains.

“Over the past decade, our attention to detail and service delivery has made us an industry leader in our field. In that short space of time, we have built a strong reputation for excellence, underpinned by a constant strive for improvement, and demonstrated by a consistent strategy of reinvestment in the business to commission new technology, acquire new equipment and further develop our facilities.

“As our customer base grows so too does our range of services. We have identified a clear gap in the market in our region for a tank cleaning contract service of this kind, and it’s an area where we see great potential for future growth.”

Bob Currie, UK Business Development & Sales Manager at Qualitech:

“Although this is our first project with the team at CDE, we have long been familiar with their technology and credentials in this space. From the moment we observed the D:MAX solution in operation and witnessed first-hand the results it was delivering we knew it had the potential to play a key role in our business.”

Qualitech’ s new D:MAX will be used to process a variety of waste materials from digesters at wastewater treatment sites at a rate of 120m3/hrat 6% dry solids (DS) content.

With the D:MAX, Qualitech can eliminate plastics, rag, grit and other solids passing through pumps, tanks and centrifuges which can reduce capacity and adversely impact efficiency due to their wear on downstream processes. By removing these highly abrasive materials the D:MAX minimises avoidable and costly downtime for maintenance, while recovering capacity within the process where solids build-ups have occurred resulting in increased operational efficiency.

CDE Business Development Manager Fergal Campbell says the introduction of the D:MAX to Qualitech’ s fleet will be a welcomed addition to the region.

“Qualitech has developed an impressive network in its 10-year history, providing coverage throughout the north and south of England. With the addition of the D:MAX to its fleet, the business will be equipped to further expand its contracting services to a range of industries. The solution will play an important role in advancing the circular economy in the region by recovering dewatered grit, with opportunities for applications in construction, and allowing retained sludges to be recovered for energy generation that will produce high quality cake free from solids contamination for agricultural uses”

A key advantage of the D:MAX is that it has the potential to divert high tonnages from waste for landfill and can recover significant volumes of recycled grit and aggregates suitable for a variety of applications.

This material represents an unknown proportion of the volume of sludge that could potentially be removed and transported offsite at significant cost. By utilising the D:MAX only the solids contamination is removed, resulting in considerable reductions in disposal costs, reducing carbon footprint and minimising environmental impact.

In addition to recovering materials for future use, screened organics can be used in electricity and energy generation while screened sludge can be used for composting and agriculture.

Qualitech provides bespoke waste management solutions to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors, including sludge dewatering, tanker services, chemical cleaning, environmental waste management and roll-on roll-off skip hire.

It will officially unveil its new D:MAX at RWM21 where the solution will be on display at stand 5-U220. CDE will be participating in the neighbouring Contamination & Geotech Expo at stand 4-F32. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 22-23 September 2021, RWM21 is the UK's largest recycling, resource and waste management event. It coincides with Contamination & Geotech Expo, the UK's leading exhibition for contamination, geotechnical and environmental professionals, which also takes place at the arena across the two days.

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