What kind of absorbents should you use to clean up oil spills? Should it be organic, inorganic, or synthetic?

If you want to clean oil spills effectively without taxing the environment, you should always go the organic route.

The Problem With Synthetic Floor Sweep Compounds

There are many different types of synthetic floor sweep compounds used to clean up spills. This includes polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, as well as cross-linked polymers and rubber materials.

When cleaning up spills, especially oil and chemicals, synthetic sorbents are the cheapest but are not the most cost-effective. Polypropylene absorbents require much more product to be able to clean up the same volume of spill when compared to organic absorbents.

It’s also not advisable (and sometimes illegal) to dispose of synthetic sorbents carelessly. Due to their low absorbency rates (can’t hold weight in liquid) they cannot be disposed of in landfill.

When disposing of synthetic sorbents, it’s important to do it as carefully as possible. Otherwise, the environment is at significant risk. Not to mention, improper waste disposal opens up the company to massive liabilities and fines.

Why Organic Floor Sweep Compounds Are Better

Organic, cotton-based absorbents offer superior absorbency and are the most attractive option for companies with potential spills. They are cost-effective, environmentally friendly and the most effective spill absorbent on the market when it comes to cleaning up spilt liquids.

Organic absorbents are also biodegradable, meaning they won’t damage the environment.

For example, if you use Kleen Sweep, you can get away with disposing of used Kleen Sweep in landfills or land farming.

Enretech’s organic floor sweep product, Kleen Sweep, is a breakthrough in spill clean-up.

Kleen Sweep is made from renewable and natural by-products and can absorb as much as 10 times more liquid compared to other competing products. It can also clean up spills in half the time. Plus, it is quick, safe, and easy to use and store. Finally, it’s 100% biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it in storage since it’s safe to dispose of in landfills.