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Environmental, Health & Safety :: Plant & Personnel Safety :: Spill Response

July 1, 2011

Absorbents for spills

While clay products have reliably been used to handle spills, modern absorbents often prove more labor-, time- and cost-efficient alternatives

Joy LePree

For years, clay has been the go-to product for spill containment simply because it was cheap and did the job. While clay, also referred to as diatomaceous earth, sand or kitty litter, will always have a place in in spill containment, if it’s the only product being used to clean up hazardous and other spills, it could be costing your facility more than you realize. With more modern options available — including everything from polypropylene to super-absorbent polymers to corn cobs and cotton — experts suggest a clean-up plan including more than one type of absorbent is the most cost-effective and safest way to go....

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