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Ecospill offer innovative technology and top quality spill solutions.

Four Absorbent Types

Why are some absorbent materials white, some grey and some yellow? It’s a simple colour coding system, recognised throughout industry, to help you identify which absorbent should be used to clean up different types of spills. Ecospill absorbent pads, rolls, booms, socks, pillows and spill kits are all coded in this way.

  • Sustainable Absorbents

    Sustainable solutions have become the cornerstone of our company, not just add-ons to existing product lines. Sustainable absorbents are in many cases higher performing, so they have actually replaced many of the older style MeltBlown products.

  • Chemical

    Chemical or toxic spills require tough inert absorbents. These are yellow in colour and you’ll see them referred to as Chemical with the above icon. Chemical spills can be extremely hazardous and should not be cleaned up without the correct training and protective equipment.

  • Oil-Only

    In most cases Oil Only absorbents are best used outdoors, to absorb oil based spills from water. Technically referred to as hydrophobic, these products are white in colour and are marked as Oil Only absorbents. They come in a range of shapes and sizes.

  • Maintenance

    As a general rule of thumb, if the spill has happened indoors, use a grey product to absorb both oil and water-based substances. Technically referred to as hydrophilic, these are called Maintenance absorbents and unsurprisingly, you’ll see them referred to as Maintenance with the above icon in our catalogues. They come in a range of shapes and sizes from pads to rolls and socks to booms.

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We are able to offer BSiF accredited First Responder to Liquid Spills (FRtLS) training course. This will be delivered by a 'Third party organisation' who currently hold the appropriate BSiF accreditation.

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