Give Oil Spills the Slip!

Oil spills are unsightly and dangerous hazards around our homes and communities. But spillage and disposal problems are solvable—all you need is a dose of Sokerol…

Oil is the lifeblood of modern societies, as fundamental to the transport industry as it is to cooking, heating and engineering activities. So why are there so few non-toxic means available for the safe cleaning up and handling of unwanted oils?

Sokerol’s oil-absorption properties are equally effective on land and water

One solution is Sokerol, an organic and biodegradable substance manufactured from waste products of Queensland’s forestry industry.

Sokerol uses “wicking effect” principles to absorb and store spills on both land and water. It is non-leaching and works quickly: one kilogram of Sokerol can absorb two litres of liquid in just two minutes.

The process is the same whether cleaning up an oil puddle in the carport or collecting commercial quantities in ports or factories: users simply sprinkle Sokerol over the oil or other targeted chemical, wait for absorption to take place, and then remove the mess by sweeping, raking or netting.

Waste can be disposed of at landfill or by incineration, leaving our waterways and drains unpolluted by spills or caustic abrasive cleaning agents.

Applications vary from domestic kitchens and workshops to car repair businesses, ports, emergency service units, councils, hospitals and catering companies.

Sokerol (Australia) Pty Ltd is a Queensland-based company that can trace its beginnings to the mid-1980s when the product was first released commercially.

Sokerol’s oil-absorption properties are equally effective on land and water

Since then the business has sought and received an impressive range of official endorsements and approvals for its product. Agencies that have given Sokerol the “green” light include Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); Government Chemical Lab; Occupational Health Unit (Brisbane Office); and the Victorian Environmental Protection Authority (Waste Management Department), which has approved landfill disposal of used Sokerol.

Substances that can be removed safely with Sokerol include: diesel fuel, motor oils, benzene, toluene, methanol, cooking fats and silicone oils. In addition, gardeners, council workers and nursery owners can depend on Sokerol to soak up pesticide spills—which is a welcome safeguard against potentially destructive outflows into public waterways.

All Shapes & Sizes
Given the huge number of applications for Sokerol in both domestic and commercial settings, it is not surprisingly that the company has released a broad range of product packaging sizes and formats.

Most householders will be interested in the Oil Gobbler, designed specifically for domestic kitchen disposal of frying and baking pan fats.

According to company director Stuart Orr, many homeowners keep a small bin containing Sokerol in their kitchen cupboards, creating an effective and handy storage site for greasy matter that would otherwise end up in drains.

Sokerol is also available in 1, 5, 10, 25 and even 370kg bags. In addition, marine refuelling stations and boat operators can make use of the product in special tubular boom form, while motorists will appreciate refillable pads for carport floors.

For more information, visitwww.sokerol.com.au or call (07) 5440 5488.

Stuart is also interested to hear from any hardware distribution or wholesale companies that would like to incorporate select Sokerol products into their inventories.

By John Power