Do I need a bunded heating oil tank

Do I Need a Bunded Heating Oil Tank?

If you are a resident of Northern Ireland and thinking about replacing your old oil tank, it is important to consider whether a bunded heating oil tank may be necessary instead of a single skin oil tank. In this article, I will discuss the keys differences between bunded and single skin storage tanks and answer a common question many householders have, do I need a bunded heating oil tank?

Bunded vs Single Skin Storage Tanks

A bunded oil tank consists of two tanks: an inner skin that holds the heating oil and an outer layer that is larger than the inner skin. The purpose of having two skins is to prevent oil leaks. In the event that the inner tank fails and leaks oil, the outer skin will contain the oil. However, the construction of a bunded tank requires additional materials and manufacturing costs, which is why the prices are generally double that of a single skin tank. For example, a single skin tank with a capacity of 1000 litres typically costs between £400 and £550. On the other hand, a bunded tank with the same capacity will cost between £950 and £1100.

Do I Need A Bunded Heating Oil Tank?

A domestic property may not require a bunded oil tank if it is storing less than 2,500 litres of fuel. The need for a bunded tank depends on the risk of environmental pollution. However, there are situations where a bunded tank is legally required in a domestic setting:

  • If your oil tank is situated close to an open drain or manhole cover.
  • The tank your installing holds more than 2,500 litres of heating oil.
  • Your storing heating oil for a building other than a single family dwelling.
  • The location of your oil tank is within 10 metres of a river, lake, pond or the ocean.
  • Your tank is located within 50m of a borehole, spring or well.
  • In close proximity to any other environmental hazards.

Bunded heating oil tank in Northern Ireland

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Disadvantages of Single Skin Tanks

Single skin oil tanks, particularly in the UK’s weather conditions, are susceptible to condensation that forms on the inner walls of the tank. This can lead to water accumulation at the bottom, posing a risk of entering the fuel line and causing damage to the boiler.

Additionally, exposure to sunlight and UV rays causes the plastic of the tank to gradually discolour and turn white. Over time, this can lead to the plastic expanding, twisting, and bowing, resulting in hairline cracks. During the winter months, any moisture that seeps into these cracks can freeze, causing further damage and potentially leading to the tank rupturing.

The majority of domestic oil spills across Northern Ireland occur in single skin oil tanks.

Should I Install a Bunded Oil Tank?

Since the implementation of new oil tank regulations on January 1, 2020, the NIEA has classified all domestic oil tanks as hazardous waste. This is significant because over 60% of homes in Northern Ireland rely on heating oil (kerosene) to warm their home. If you find yourself needing to replace an old or damaged oil tank, it would be wise to consider investing in a bunded oil tank. Not only does this come with an additional warranty, but it also offers peace of mind in the event of an oil leak. The outer skin of a bunded tank is designed to contain any kerosene that may escape, preventing an environmental disaster from occurring.

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Should I buy a second hand oil tank

Should I Buy a Second Hand Oil Tank?

If you are on a budget and need to replace your old oil tank due to damage or an oil leak, you might be considering purchasing a second-hand tank from platforms like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. While the potential savings may be significant, and with interest rates and inflation continuing to rise, buying a used oil tank as a replacement may seem like a tempting option. However, in my professional opinion, I advise against purchasing used oil tanks for several reasons, which I will explain in more detail below.

Second Hand Oil Tanks Don’t Have a Warranty

When purchasing a new oil tank, you can rely on the manufacturer warranty for peace of mind. Single oil tanks come with a standard 2-year warranty, while bunded oil tanks have a longer 10-year warranty. If the tank fails within the warranty period, the manufacturer will repair or replace it at no cost to the customer.

When buying a second-hand oil tank, the warranty is usually no longer valid. This means there is no manufacturer warranty or guarantee on the tank’s lifespan. Additionally, the heating engineer or plumber hired to install the tank will not stand over their work due to the uncertainty surrounding the second-hand tank.

Typically, a single skin heating oil tank can last up to 10 years before needing replacement. Bunded tanks have a longer lifespan, lasting up to 20 years. Purchasing and installing a second-hand tank carries inherent risks, and customers may need to sign a waiver acknowledging that the tank is installed at their own risk and that the heating engineer or plumber is not liable for any defects.

Second hand oil tanks for sale

Second hand oil tanks for sale

Should I Buy a Second Hand Oil Tank?

According to OFTEC, the Oil Firing Technical Association, approximately 3,000 oil spill pollution incidents are reported to environmental regulators in the UK each year. However, this figure only represents the reported cases, and the actual number of oil spills may be higher. It is worth noting that rectifying a serious oil spill from an oil tank can incur costs ranging from £10,000 to £20,000 on average.

When considering if you should buy a second hand oil tank, the answer is generally a NO. The initials savings from buying a use oil tank are considerable where you can pick up a tank for £50, but with no manufacture warranty and the increased risk of a possible oil spill, the risks are simply to great. The potential consequences of an oil spill, both in terms of the financial expenses and risk to the environmental, make purchasing a second hand oil tank a bad investment.

Second Hand Bunded Oil Tanks

If you are on a budget and looking to replace an oil tank, it is advisable to avoid purchasing a used single skin oil tank. Instead, consider buying a second-hand bunded oil tank. While this may not be a perfect solution, it offers some advantages. A bunded oil tank has an inner skin that holds the oil, should there be an oil leak, the oil will be contained within the outer container.

Bunded oil tanks are designed to safeguard the environment in the event of an oil leak. They provide an extra layer of protection and reduce the risk of oil escaping. The cost of a new 1000 litre bunded oil tank can range from £850 to £1150 on average. However, you can find second-hand bunded oil tanks for a lower price range of £300 to £450.

Before purchasing a second-hand oil tank, it is advisable to check with your home insurance to see if you are covered in the case of an oil leak.

Oil Tank Services Northern Ireland

Removerr offer a range of oil tank services across Northern Ireland to include, oil tank removal, oil tank replacement, oil spill clean up and more. If you have any questions contact or call 07434 691 809. Popular areas we cover, North Down, Belfast, Newry, Portadown, Carrickfergus, Armagh.

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Asbestos boiler flue removal Northern Ireland

Asbestos Boiler Flue Removal

In Northern Ireland, it was a common practice to install asbestos flues in older heating systems, particularly for oil boilers. This was because asbestos has excellent heat-resistant properties. The size of the flue could vary depending on the location of the boiler, ranging from one to three stories high. The term “flue” refers to a pipe or duct that is used to vent exhaust gases and fumes from the heating appliance to the outside. Today, we will be discussing the removal of asbestos boiler flues in Northern Ireland.

If you have discovered an asbestos flue on your property, Call Andrew on 07434 691 809 for a FREE quotation. we remove most type of asbestos.

Asbestos Boilers and Flue Pipes

Since its official ban in 1999, asbestos has not been used in the construction of new heating systems. However, prior to the ban, asbestos was commonly used in various components of boilers, such as gaskets, insulation, cement, and flues. If a property was constructed before the year 2000 and the heating system has not been updated, there is a high likelihood that there are asbestos materials within the boiler and flue.

If you are planning to update your current heating system and need to remove and dispose of the old one, it is essential that you seek advice from a professional asbestos removal and disposal company in your area. They have the necessary expertise and equipment to safely handle and dispose of asbestos materials in accordance with the health and safety executive northern ireland (HSENI).

Asbestos Boiler Flue Removal Cost

The cost of removing an asbestos boiler flue in Northern Ireland varies depending on several factors, including the geographical location, size of the flue, and whether it requires removal or has already been removed. For example, a previous asbestos boiler flue removal and disposal from an external gable wall of a garage, attached internally to an oil boiler, cost £335.

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Asbestos cement flue pipe removal

The customer wanted to replace the flue with an aluminum one and requested the removal and disposal of the old asbestos flue.

Can I Remove an Asbestos Flue Pipe Myself?

It is strongly advised to not remove asbestos without the proper experience and personal protective equipment (PPE). Asbestos fibres are minuscule and not visible to the human eye. It is essential that a respirator suitable for asbestos removal be worn. The cost savings of removing the asbestos flue pipe yourself, would be minimal, and the potential risks of asbestos fibre exposure outweigh any potential savings.

What is Involved in Removing an Asbestos Flue Pipe?

Below is a step-by-step guide on the entire process, from obtaining a quotation to removal and disposal of an asbestos flue.

1) Contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email for a free no obligation quotation. Please Include a few images of the flue pipe as this helps me provide an accurate quote.

2) After the quote is accepted, a prenotification is sent to the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) to inform them about the hazardous waste. In this case, the waste is an asbestos flue, and the prenotification includes information about its origin and the scheduled date of removal. It is a requirement by the NIEA to receive this notice at least three working days prior to the collection.

3) On the day of removal, the asbestos flue will be disconnected from the boiler and removed in sections, just like when it was first installed. Asbestos cement flues are strong and can usually be removed without breaking. Any cement surrounding the flue will be carefully chipped away to free it from the wall. The asbestos will then be securely wrapped in double layers of thick plastic sheeting and taped, ready for transportation.

4) Once the asbestos has been transported and disposed of at a designated facility that handles asbestos, you will receive a copy of the paperwork for your records.

Asbestos Removal Services in Northern Ireland

Removerr is a company based in North Down, serving customers in Northern Ireland. We offer a range of asbestos removal services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Newry, Armagh, Downpatrick, and the surrounding area. Our services include, asbestos roof removal, asbestos guttering, soil pipes, cement insulation boards and more. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

How to replace and oil tank Northern Ireland

How to Replace an Oil Tank

If your oil tank is over 10 years old or has developed a leak, it is recommended to replace it. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to replace an oil tank, including important factors such as adhering to OFTEC regulations, choosing the right tank location, draining the oil tank, and more.

It is recommended when replacing and existing tank that you contact a registered OFTEC oil tank installers in your area, call Andrew on 07434 691 809.

1) Draining Your Old Oil Tank

The first step to replace your oil tank is to turn off the supply of oil to the boiler. This can be done by turning off the outlet valve at the bottom of the oil tank. Make sure to have another spare tank or drums ready to transfer the remaining heating oil from the old tank. Most companies that replace oil tanks have a spare tank for this purpose.

To remove the heating oil, you will need a 12v fuel transfer pump and a 12v lead acid battery, similar to the one used in cars. The pump has two rubber hoses, one with a filter and the other with a fuel nozzle. The pump sucks the oil up the hose, through the pump, and into the spare tank or drums.

How to replace an oil tank Northern Ireland

12v Fuel transfer pump and 12v battery

As you drain the oil, it is recommended to leave around 50 litres at the bottom of the old tank as it may contain dirt and water. Once the good heating oil has been transferred, disconnect the old tank and move it to a safe location ready for oil tank disposal.

2) Install Temporary Tank & Restore Heating

During the installation of a new oil tank, it is important to restore your heating system so that you can keep your home warm, especially during the winter months. This can be done by using a temporary drum equipped with a 1/2 lever valve and a 1/2 inch by 10mm reducer. By connecting the 10mm fuel line to the temporary drum and removing any air from the fuel line, you can restart your boiler and restore heating to your home.

The process of draining the old tank, potentially adjusting the new tanks location to comply with OFTEC regulations, and ordering a new oil tank, can take up to 4 – 7 days to replace an oil tank.

3) Location of New Oil Tank and Base

As mentioned above, the original base and location of your oil tank may not comply with OFTEC regulations for the storage of domestic fuel.  Oil tanks are now prohibited from being placed next to buildings or boundary fences. In the past, it was common to see oil tanks positioned closely against garage walls, the side of a house, or in a garden corner next to a fence.

In order to comply with the new oil tank regulations, the oil tank must be situated at a minimum distance of 760mm from any building or boundary fence. Additionally, the base on which the oil tank is placed must be constructed using materials such as concrete, breeze block, lintels, and pavers. Furthermore, the oil tank base should have dimensions that are at least 300mm larger than the circumference of the oil tank.

Replacing an oil tank with a bunded oil tank NI

Bunded oil tank and base ✅

If you are intending to store a quantity of 2500 litres or more of heating oil, it is mandatory to have a bunded oil tank installed. Additionally, if your oil tank is situated near a river, stream, or any other waterway, it is also necessary to have a bunded oil tank.

4) Connect Fuel Line and Transfer Oil

After your new oil tank has been delivered and placed on your base, it is important to reconnect the fuel oil line. It is highly recommended to have an OFTEC technician or a boiler heating engineer perform this task. OFTEC registered installers have the ability to self-certify their own work, and building control is not involved in this process.

Once the tank has been properly connected, the next step is to transfer the heating oil that was previously stored into the new oil tank. The process remains the same as before, using a 12v fuel transfer pump to complete the transfer.

5) Bleeding the Fuel Line

After the installation of the new oil tank, the final step involves removing the air from the fuel line to ensure the smooth flow of heating oil to the boiler. For this purpose, most boilers are equipped with a bleed valve that can be loosened with an allen key.

First, loosen the bleed valve using the allen key. As you do this, be prepared to collect any oil that comes out in the container. Allow some time for any air bubbles present in the fuel line to escape. You will know this process is complete when there is a consistent flow of oil without any air bubbles.

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Bleed valve on Riello RDB boiler

Once the air has been successfully removed and there is a consistent flow of oil, close the bleed valve. Now, test the boiler to ensure that it fires up as expected. This will confirm that the oil is flowing properly and there are no issues with the installation.

5) Removing the Old Decommissioned Oil Tank

All storage tanks used to store heating oil (kerosene) are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a licensed facility capable of handling this type of waste. The governing body responsible for overseeing and monitoring the movement of hazardous waste is the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA).

If you hire an oil tank replacement company, they will handle the disposal of the oil tank on your behalf. A consignment must be purchased from the NIEA, the consignment number will be allocated to a pre-notification form that informs the NIEA of your address, the type of waste, and the collection date.

If you are claiming a grant as part of the affordable warmth scheme, you must hire the services of a qualified heating engineer or an OFTEC technician to replace your oil tank. The company responsible for disposing of the oil tank must be licensed and is required to submit a pre-notification before collection.

Oil Tank Services in Northern Ireland

Removerr is a company based in North Down, serving customers in Northern Ireland. We offer a range of oil tank services in, Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, Downpatrick, and the surrounding areas. Our services include oil tank replacement, oil tank removal, water in oil tank detection, oil spill cleanup. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

Regulations for oil tanks bases in Northern Ireland

What are the Regulations for Oil Tank Bases?

If you are planning to install an oil tank on your property in Northern Ireland, it is important to familiarise yourself with the regulations set out by OFTEC. These regulations cover the location of the tank as well as the size and construction of the oil tank base. In this article, we will discuss the regulations for oil tank bases in Northern Ireland.

If you need an oil tank replacement or have detected an oil spill on your property, call Andrew on 07434 691 809.

OFTEC Legal Requirements and Compliance

In the UK, it is important to follow legal requirements and regulations when installing oil tanks and their bases. These measures are designed to protect the environment and prevent pollution, as well as minimise the risks of oil spills, flood damage, and fire. The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is a trade association that represents manufacturers of heating equipment that use liquid fuel. OFTEC is responsible for establishing the standards for the installation and maintenance of solid fuel heating systems, including the oil tank bases, throughout the UK.

Oil Tank Base Installation

When constructing an oil tank base, it is important to take into account the weight of the tank when it is filled with oil. Kerosene weighs around 0.79kg per litre. If you intend to install a 1000 litre bunded tank which weighs 130kg when empty, the overall weight when it is full will be 920kg.

Oil tank bases are commonly made of either a solid concrete slab or the tank base maybe elevated with breeze blocks, lintels, and flags, depending on the location of the boiler. When installing an oil tank base, it is important to ensure that the bottom of the oil tank outlet is positioned higher than the boiler inlet. This allows for the natural flow of fuel to the boiler through gravity.

However, if the oil tank outlet is lower than the boiler inlet, it can create problems such as the accumulation of air and gas bubbles in the fuel line. To resolve this issue, a TigerLoop may be required. A TigerLoop is a device that removes air and gas bubbles from the fuel line, ensuring a smooth flow of oil to the boiler.

Oil Tank Base Regulations

Before installing an oil tank base, it is important to determine the size of the oil tank that will be installed. The dimensions of the tank will determine the size of the base. According to OFTEC regulations, the oil tank base should be 300mm larger than the circumference of the tank. Regardless of the shape of the oil tank, the base should be 300mm larger on all sides.

Oil tank base regulations Northern Ireland

Concrete base and Elevated oil tank base

Constructing an Oil Tank Base

After identifying and marking the position for your oil tank base, the next step is to dig out the ground to create a level surface and allow for hardcore materials. When constructing an oil tank base using poured concrete, it is recommended to have a minimum depth of 100mm. Additionally, you should include another 50mm of compacted hardcore, making the total thickness 150mm. If the ground where you’re laying the concrete base has poor drainage, it’s advisable to add extra hardcore to compensate for the inadequate drainage.

To ensure the wet poured concrete stays in place until it sets, you will need to create a sturdy formwork using 4 x 2-inch timbers. This formwork must be constructed on top of the compacted hardcore and securely held in place by driving stakes into the ground. It is important to check that the formwork is perfectly level and that the measurements comply with OFTEC regulations.

To increase the durability and minimise the likelihood of cracks in a large concrete slab, it is advisable to incorporate steel reinforcement. This can be done by using either wire mesh or rebar.

Concrete oil tank base

Concrete base using steel reinforcement

Regulations for Oil Tank Location

When replacing or installing a new oil tank, it is often necessary to relocate the tank and its base, especially in older properties. You might be interested in an earlier article, best oil tank location that covers the latest OFTEC regulations regarding the safe storage of liquid fuel on your property.

It is important to note that failing to comply with the new regulations may invalidate your home insurance, in the event of a claim.

OFTEC official guidelines for storing domestic liquid fuel storage up to 3500 litres.

Oil Tank Services in Northern Ireland

If you require a new oil tank base, oil tank replacement or oil tank removal, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809. Our technicians are OFTEC registered and can self certify their work which complies with building regulations. If you are claiming a grant as part of the affordable warmth scheme in Northern Ireland, please be aware that all work involving the installation or replacement of oil tank bases, oil tanks and boilers needs to be certified and inspected by building control before payment is released.

Dealing with domestic oil spills in Northern Ireland

Domestic Oil Spills in Northern Ireland

Accidents happen, and domestic oil spills can occur unexpectedly, causing stress and potential environmental damage. Whether it’s a small leak or a large oil spill, knowing how to handle the situation is essential in protecting the environment. In this comprehensive how-to guide, I provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to respond to domestic oil spills.

If you should discover that your domestic oil tank is leaking. It is essential that you take immediate action, call Andrew on 07434 691 809 for immediate response in Northern Ireland.

How Do I Know if my Heating Oil is Leaking?

Detecting an oil leak early is crucial to prevent an oil spill. How can I determine if my heating oil tank is leaking?

  1. If you notice a strong smell of heating oil around your oil tank or heating system, it could be an indication of an oil spill.
  2. Look out for any changes in the colour of your grass or if any plants that are near your oil tank have died suddenly. Kerosene is toxic and will kill all plant life in its path.
  3. On average, most households will fill their oil tank once or twice per year. If you start noticing an increase in the amount of heating oil you are using, it could be a sign of a potential leak and should be investigated further.
  4. If your oil tank is faulty or damaged, you will typically observe dark discolouration surrounding the damaged area. This can be in the form of a small crack or hole, and there may also be noticeable staining on the concrete base.

How to Deal with Domestic Oil Spills

If you have discovered an oil spill, you must contact professionals who specialise with oil spill cleanup. Search for a company in your area who specialises in cleaning up oil spills. Keyword search phrases include, oil spill clean up [your town], oil spill remediation [your town], oil spill response [your town].  Alternatively call Andrew at Removerr on 07434 691 809. The severity of the oil spill will determine the appropriate course of action.

Minor Oil Spills

In the case of minor oil spills or leaks, a heating engineer or an oil tank replacement company can assist in transferring the heating oil into a holding tank. A holding tank is a spare tank used for storing the oil and restoring heat to your home.

Once the oil leak has been resolved, a new oil tank can be purchased and once installed and connected. The heating oil in the holding tank can be transferred into the new tank.

Oil spill cleanup in Northern Ireland

Heating oil transfer

Oil tanks are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a licensed waste facility, capable of handling hazardous waste. Consignment numbers purchased from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency are used to track the movement of hazardous waste across NI.

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Severe Oil Spills

What qualifies as a severe oil spill? For instance, if an oil tank were to leak for an extended period, leading to the release of several hundred litres of oil into the soil and groundwater, it would be considered a severe oil spill. In such circumstances, it is crucial to contact a specialised oil spill cleanup contractor. They would conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent of the damage and track the spread of the oil. In the case of a major oil spill, it is essential to notify your insurance company who may have an emergency oil spill contractor in your area.

If the cause of the leak is still ongoing, in the case of a leaking oil tank, then an emergency response contractor would attend. Similar to a minor leak, the remaining stored oil would be transferred into a holding container to stop further environmental damage. Containment areas would be set up with natural absorbent materials to stop the spread of oil.

Who is Responsible for Cleaning Up an Oil Spill?

Anyone involved in using and storing of hazardous substances, including heating oil, is responsible for ensuring that these substances are securely contained and used in a manner that prevents environmental pollution. It is the homeowners responsibility to correct any cleanup of oil spills that occur.

Homeowners who have heating oil stored on their property should contact their insurance provider to ensure they are insured in the event of an oil spill. Typically, home insurance policies will cover the expenses associated with an oil spill. The costs incurred from a domestic oil spill can vary depending on the severity, ranging from several hundred to several thousand pounds.

Oil Spill Response Northern Ireland

Domestic oil spills primarily occur on residential properties and mainly involve oil tanks, fuel tanks, and heating boilers. The main goal when an oil spill happens is to minimise the environmental impact and protect human health. The initial step is to report the oil spill and prevent the oil from spreading. Once the oil spill is contained, the next objective is to clean up the affected area by utilising various techniques to remove the oil.

If you require any further advice on oil spills, leaking oil tanks or oil tank removals, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809

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what is a waste transfer note

What is a Waste Transfer Note?

Waste transfer notes are an important aspect of legally compliant rubbish removal, yet customers and businesses often have inquiries regarding their purpose, required information, and usage. Removerr, a waste clearance company in Northern Ireland, specialises in responsible rubbish removal, asbestos removal, oil tank removal, and various other services.

What is a Waste Transfer Note?

A waste transfer note is primarily utilised when a business needs to dispose of waste from their premises. It is essential for businesses to complete and sign a waste transfer note, keeping it on record for a period of 2 years. This document should be provided if an officer from the Environment Agency or a local authority enforcement officer requests it.

A Waste Transfer Note (WTN) is a document that is required to be completed when waste is being transferred from one location to another. The following information is required to be included on a WTN:

1. Company Name and Address: The name and address of the company generating or producing the waste should be clearly stated.
2. Signature of a Member of Staff: A member of staff from the company should sign the document, confirming that they understand and agree with the waste transfer.
3. Type of Waste: The type of waste being transferred should be accurately described. This may include, classification, and quantity, (weight).
4. Date and Time: The date and time when the waste transfer is taking place should be noted on the document.

In addition, the waste company receiving the waste also needs to provide certain information on the WTN:

1. Company Name and Address: The name and address of the waste company that is handling the transfer should be provided.
2. Vehicle Registration: The registration number of the vehicle that will be used to transport the waste on the day.
3. Signature: A representative from the waste company should sign the document, acknowledging that they have received the waste.
4. Waste Management Facility: The waste company needs provide information on the waste transfer station that is receiving the waste.

Waste Transfer Note vs Consignment Note

It is important to note the distinction between a waste transfer note and a consignment note. In Northern Ireland, a consignment note, also known as a prenotification, must be used for the transportation of all hazardous waste.

These consignment notes can be obtained from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA). Before hazardous waste is removed, a consignment number is assigned to the prenotification form and emailed to the NIEA to inform them in advance of the planned waste removal. Using a waste transfer note for the removal of other forms of waste, does not require the business or waste company to notify the NIEA.

Are WTN Required for Domestic Waste Removal?

In Northern Ireland, it is not mandatory to provide waste transfer notes to domestic customers. However, Removerr offers waste transfer notes to all business customers. If domestic customers wish to have a waste transfer note as part of their waste removal service, Removerr can provide a copy for their records. This will serve as proof that Removerr is licensed and that the waste is disposed of legally and responsibly.

It is worth noting that Removerr recycles over 80% of all the waste it collects in Northern Ireland. The company works closely with various waste transfer stations and waste management facilities to process hazardous waste. Whether you need waste removal services for commercial or domestic purposes, contact Andrew at 07434 691 809.

Do I Need to Report an Oil Leak, Northern Ireland

Do I Need To Report An Oil Leak?

Oil leaks can cause significant environmental damage and should never be ignored “Do I need to report an oil leak?” Yes, you have a legal responsibility to report an oil leak. Take action immediately if you suspect an oil spill at your home or business.

How Do I Report an Oil Spill?

If you suspect that the oil spill has entered into a surrounding, river, pond, lough or any type of waterway. You must contact the NIEA water pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60 immediately.

For all other oil leaks that have occurred on your property, you should contact your insurance provider. Your home or business insurance provider may appoint a specialist contractor in your area to asses the extent of the damage. Alternately if they do not have a specialist in your area they may ask you to contact an Oil Remediation Company, and request that an independent survey be carried out.

It is advisable that you keep a record which can serve as evidence of your compliance in reporting the oil spill, include the following details.

  • Date and time of when you noticed the oil leak
  • Photographic evidence of any damage to fuel lines, oil tank and the extent of the oil spill, if visible
  • Who you reported the oil leak to with the date and time
  • Preventative measures that where taken to stop or slow the spread of oil

By following the steps above and reporting an oil leak promptly protects the environment and fulfils your legal obligations.

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What Happens When Oil Leaks Into The Ground?

Heating oil, (kerosene) is toxic chemical that will kill all plant life it comes into contact with. Kerosene once absorbed into the ground can travel through soil and water contaminating not only your property, but the surrounding properties as well. Kerosene can seep into the foundations of surrounding buildings where it will remain, until removed.

Heating oil does not evaporate or decompose, instead it remains in the soil or foundations for several decades, unless removed. If your property has been affected by an oil spill, you will likely have to move out, due to the smell of oil.

What Causes an Accidental Oil Leak?

In the majority of cases, an accidental oil leak is caused by faulty pipework. Other causes of oil spills include:

  • Damage to oil lines during, (building, gardening)
  • Cracks in old single skin tanks
  • Oil spillages during deliveries
  • Lightning strikes (rare)
  • Subsidence caused by flash flooding
  • Incorrect installation
  • Deliberate vandalism

Oil Spill Remediation

If you smell oil or suspect that you have an oil leak. Contact Removerr on 07434 691 809 or email Our team are experienced to handle any size of oil spill and work alongside many of the leading insurance companies in Northern Ireland.

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Best Oil Tank Location

Best Oil Tank Location

What is the best oil tank location for oil storage tanks? Maybe your replacing an old, damaged tank or installing a new one. I think we can all agree that domestic oil tanks that are used to store heating oil are pretty unsightly. It is common practice for the majority of householders to place their oil tank out of sight. Common oil tank locations are behind a garage, shed, in the corner of the garden, next to a boundary fence or wall.

Table of Contents

  1. Why is Oil tank Placement Important?
  2. Best Oil Tank location?
  3. Oil Tank Base Regulations
  4. Do Oil Tanks Need to Be Higher Than The Boiler?
  5. Oil Tank Disposal Companies

Why is Oil Tank Placement Important?

Kerosene heating oil is extremely toxic to plants, animals and humans. As of January 2021 oil tank regulations changed, domestic oil tanks are considered a hazardous waste which must be controlled. This change effects every householder across Northern Ireland who stores heating oil to heat their home. Why? home insurance, your policy may be invalid if you do not safely store heating oil on your property.

Oil spills caused by leaking oil tanks cause significant environmental pollution. According to Aviva insurance, Northern Ireland accounted for around a third of incidents since 2017 in the UK. Homeowners should check  with their home insurance provider, to ensure that they are covered in the event of an oil leak.

Best Oil Tank Location

Before determining the best location for your oil tank, you first need to be aware of the guidelines set by the Oil Firing Technical Association, (OFTEC).

Oil storage tanks due to the risk of fire should never be placed directly beside a building or boundary fence. You should allow a distance of:

  • 760mm from a non-fire rated boundary, such as a wooden fence
  • 600mm from a boundary hedge or shrubbery
  • 1800mm (1.8m) away from doors, windows of a garage or house
  • 1800mm (1.8m) away from the eaves of a building or garden sheds

The maximum amount of heating oil a domestic tank may hold is 3500 litres. Oil tanks that hold 2500 litres or above, must contain a secondary holding tank referred to as a bunded oil tank.

Best Oil Tank Location

Ideal oil tank placement

Oil Tank Base Regulations

A strong well constructed oil tank base is essential for ensuring the safe and secure storage of kerosene. Oil tanks when full of heating oil, are heavy.

  • 1000 litres kerosene weighs 0.819kg per litre = 819kg
  • Bunded oil tank 1000 litres weighs 125kg
  • Total combined weight = 944kg

When building an oil tank base it is important to consider the following:

1) The oil tank base must extend beyond the circumference of the oil tank by a minimum of 300mm. The base should also be a solid continuous slab which provides even distribution of weight.

2) Tank bases should be constructed from concrete, concrete blocks, paving stones or paving slabs. If the area where the tank base is to be built has poor drainage, additional hardcore should be used to ensure the base does not sink under the weight. If the base is to be cast and filled with poured concrete, the thickness should be at least 100mm thick.

Domestic Oil Tank Bases

Concrete poured oil tank base

Do Oil Tanks Need to Be Higher Than The Boiler?

It is recommended when determining the best oil tank location, that your tank be installed higher than the boiler. Gravity helps the flow of oil from the tank to the boiler. If the oil tank is level, lower or there is a long distance between the tank and the boiler, a device called a tigerloop oil de-aerator can be used. A tiger loop system is used to remove air from the fuel line and prevent air locks and burner shut downs. This greatly reduces problems with the oil pump and fuel nozzle.

Tigerloop Oil De-Aerator

Tigerloop oil de-aerator

Oil Tank Disposal Companies

If you are replacing your oil tank or converting from oil to gas, you will need to dispose of your old tank responsibly. As I mentioned earlier, all domestic oil tanks are classes as hazardous waste. Removerr is licensed by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency to safely remove and dispose of decommissioned oil tanks across Northern Ireland.

Contact Removerr on 07434 691 809 or email

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When Did Oil Tank Regulations Change

When Did Oil Tank Regulations Change

When did oil tank regulations change? On the 1st January 2020 the NIEA classified all domestic oil tanks as a hazardous waste. Over 60% of homes across Northern Ireland use heating oil, (kerosene) to heat their homes. With such high dependency on heating oil and fuel storage tanks, how does this new policy affect homeowners.

The disposal of old, damaged or obsolete oil tanks must be removed by a licensed waste carrier. All oil tanks must be consigned and transported to a licensed waste facility to monitor the movement of hazardous waste.

Why Did Oil Tank Regulations Change

Regulations changed in January 2020 to track the movements of hazardous waste. Contaminated oil tanks and heating oil constitute a serious risk to environmental pollution. In the past before the regulation’s changed domestic oil tanks where either, abandoned, sold, burned or disposed as general waste. Now with the new policy, householders and contractors are not permitted to:

  • Transport oil tanks or kerosene, unless they have a valid waste carriers license
  • Abandon or store contaminated oil tanks on their property

How To Dispose of a Domestic Oil Tank

Below details the correct procedure that must be followed when disposing of a plastic or metal oil tank in Northern Ireland. If your heating oil tank is single skin, older than 10 years, it should be replaced or checked yearly for cracks. Heating oil from a leaking oil tank is toxic and harmful to plants and animals.

1) Replacing an existing oil tank

The process of replacing an old or damaged oil tank should be carried out by a registered heating engineer or plumber. The contractor should syphon the remaining heating oil from the old oil tank into a holding tank. Once the new tank has been installed and the heating oil has been syphoned back into the new tank, the old tank is ready for disposal.

To remove and dispose of an oil tank, the contractor must hold a valid waste carriers license. To monitor the movement of hazardous waste, consignment numbers are used. The contractor purchases a consignment number from the NIEA and adds the consignment number to a prenotification form with the relevant waste codes. The prenotification is then submitted to the NIEA, a minimum of 1 day prior to the date of collection.

The contractor can then collect the oil tank and deliver it to a licensed waste facility for recycling.

Domestic OilTank Regulations Northern Ireland

Cut oil tank ready to be drained

2) Disposing of an unused oil tank

After a gas conversion, your old oil tank will need to be safely disposed off. The process is the same as above, the contractor, (gas engineer, plumber or specialist contractor) will be required to follow the NIEA guidelines.

  • Purchase a consignment number
  • Assign the number to a prenotification
  • Notify the NIEA 1 working day before removal
  • Deliver the tank to a licensed waste facility

Oil Tank Removal Companies

If you require the disposal of a domestic oil tank in Northern Ireland, call Removerr on 07434 691 809. We are fully licensed by the NIEA to remove and dispose of both plastic and metal oil tanks. Consignment number and prenotification form are submitted on your behalf, prior to all collections. If your claiming a grant under the affordable warmth scheme, we can provide all the necessary paperwork for the housing executive.

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