What is Bilge Waste?

You may have heard the term ‘bilge waste’ before, but most people (unless you spend a large amount of time around boats and vessels) don’t quite understand what it actually is.

There are many types of waste that accumulate across the world and in different industries, so it’s hard to stay across what all of them mean and refer to. It can be even more complicated to try and remember the responsible ways to remove and manage all these different types of waste. Luckily, the team at Enviro Waste Services are experts when it comes to waste management, so we handle a variety of waste types every day.

To understand what bilge waste is, you need to first understand what a bilge itself is. Essentially, a bilge is a section of a boat or water vessel that is designed to collect excess water. The bilge is generally known as the part of the boat that would rest on the ground if the vessel were unsupported by water (in other words, it’s the very bottom section).

Bilges can exist on vessels of any size, and they serve a very important function. Without a bilge, plenty of liquid waste would end up in our oceans, and boats certainly wouldn’t function as smoothly.

But where does this water come from? Any water that fails to drain off the side of the boat deck or through holes in the hull, typically ends up in the bilge. The water that collects in the bilge may originate from rough seas, rain, minor leaks in the boat or when residue is present.

Generally, bilges become filled with a mixture of seawater and oily water. This is known as bilge waste. Bilges generally have a pump that can remove accumulated water by creating pressure or sucking the water out.

Why is it important to remove bilge waste responsibly?

Most bilge waste has the potential to be hazardous. This is because it is often sludgy and oily or contains hydrocarbon residue which isn’t especially safe for humans or marine life. It is extremely important not to dispose of unfiltered bilge waste in oceans because it can present a serious threat to marine life and water quality.

In fact, bilge dumping is a form of pollution that can have detrimental impacts. All boat users have a responsibility to protect the marine environment by responsibly managing their waste and keeping our oceans safe.

Ideally, bilge water will be treated and disposed by a specialised Sydney waste management company. By engaging the services of a company such as ours, you can not pose a threat to the environment and stay on the right side of the regulations. At Enviro Waste, we have extensive experience handling sludge waste and providing oily liquid waste removal services.

The Enviro Waste Services team provides a wide range of waste management services, including liquid waste removal, grease trap cleaning, liquid waste management, general Sydney waste services and more. To learn more about our services, you can browse our website or contact our friendly team directly.


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