Sorbent materials can provide a useful resource in a response to a spill of oil, allowing oil to be recovered in situations that are unsuitable for other techniques. However, sorbents should be used in moderation to minimise secondary problems, particularly by creating excessive amounts of waste that can greatly add to the costs of a response.
This paper considers the types of sorbents available and how they may be used beneficially in a response. It should be read in conjunction with other ITOPF papers in this series, particularly on the use of booms, the use of skimmers, shoreline clean-up techniques and the disposal of oil and debris.
Categories: Response Techniques, Technical Information Paper (TIPS)