The first stages of transportation can be ensured by the collection equipment itself: slurry spreaders,
loaders, skimming vessels, sanitation trucks… It can also be carried out by pumps, tank trucks, skip trucks and trailers. This equipment is used on the polluted site and does not necessarily need to be 100% watertight, but should be well adapted to the particular conditions of use. On the other hand, transportation from intermediate storage facilities, by road, rail or sea, requires receptacles which avoid all risk of spreading the pollutant during the journey and, if necessary, may involve washing the tyres and sills of the vehicles in a decontamination area before leaving the storage facility.

Specific treatment plant for industrial waste, Gironde, France

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Recovery, transportation and disposal of collected waste


Waste transportation by truck

Zierbena, port of Bilbao (Spain), final storage site for waste from the Prestige spill

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The complex issue of storage, transportation and treatment of pollutants and polluted waste from oil spills is explored in a practical guide entitled Oil Spill Waste Management, which can be downloaded from the website, in the publications section.