“What is Sphag Sorb?”
SPHAG SORB IS A LAB-TESTED, FIELD PROVEN INDUSTRIAL ABSORBENT that outperforms conventional clean-up apparatus and other types of absorbent materials. Economical, efficient and
easy-to-use it is safe non-abrasive non-toxic non-leaching and non-flammable.
It is an all natural product manufactured from sphagnum peat moss originating in the bogs of Canada.
In its natural form peat is the first step in the formation of coal and oil a partial decomposition of mosses in biodegradable state. Sphag Sorb is peat dehydrated to the optimum moisture content for hydrocarbon
absorption. The peat fibres are separated from inorganic hard material to produce a high-grade product
with remarkable abilities to absorb and encapsulate oils solvents heavy metals pesticides herbicides and
all other organic chemicals.
Sphag Sorb is biodegradable and its molecular structure permits it to pass EPA requirements for land
filling both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes.*
“How does Sphag Sorb work?”
THE NATURAL CAPILLARY AND POROUS STRUCTURE OF SPHAG SORB provides a powerful
wicking action absorbing hydrocarbons PCB’s and solvents quickly. Even more important these
properties allow it to encapsulate the hydrocarbons on contact. Sphag Sorb securely takes in the oil
chemical or solvent rather than just allowing it to temporarily ‘attach’ to the surface as some competitive
Sphag Sorb is super absorbent therefore less is required for storage and disposal. Since it is oleophilic
(absorbs quickly) and hydrophobic (resists taking on water) it is ideal for a wide range of industrial and
specialized cleanup uses. It can absorb on land on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete in
drums/tanks and on the water. It removes contaminants from spill sites upon extraction because of its
non-leaching and encapsulating characteristics.
Sphag Sorb contains no crystalline silica is non-abrasive and therefore will not cause harm to machinery
and/or equipment. Sphag Sorb does not contain carcinogenic characteristics and poses no health risks
to workers based on the latest O.S.H.A Standards.
Sphag Sorb requires no ‘high tech’ application or equipment for successful cleanup a clean broom or
shovel will do the job. There will be no messy residue after extraction offering easy application to both
mechanical and manual cleanup. Sphag Sorb is ideal as a ‘first response’ tool for emergency
containment and cleanup.
“What about disposal of Sphag Sorb after use?”
RECOVERY IS SIMPLE: SIMPLY SWEEP VACUUM OR SHOVEL UP. Sphag Sorb can be
incinerated and on its own will not produce unwanted emissions. As an energy source it contributes
5500 - 7000 B.T.U’s per pound during incineration (excluding hydrocarbons).
After use Sphag Sorb in some limited circumstances has actually remained in the environment as a
natural organic aid to bioremediation. This is due to the ability to remain non-leaching since it
encapsulates hydrocarbons. The encapsulated hydrocarbons will biodegrade before the Sphag Sorb.
Independent laboratory tests confirm Sphag Sorb meets or exceeds E.P.A. Standards for disposal of
solidified hazardous liquids in landfills as well as lack of toxicity for safe use in oil spill cleanup.*
Sphag Sorb significantly outperforms other absorbents in pressure tests for non-leaching characteristics
essential in acceptable landfill disposal.**
The Sphag Sorb properties offer impressive benefits for disposal. It has passed the Toxicity
Characteristics Leachate Procedure 9TCLP0 Test with oil and is compatible with land filling where
Sphag Sorb products are ideal for cleanup and containment of oil spills in parking lots machine shops service stations hazardous material and emergency response areas factories transportation companies refineries bulk terminals environmental situations.
* Meets or exceeds EPA Federal Register/Vol.57 No.223 40CFR Parts 260 264 265 and 271; Nov. 18 1992 Hazardous Waste Management: Liquids in landfills. Test Methods - ASTM G22-76 (1984B) pft 9095 (check Local Regulations for disposal requirements.) Passes Abalone Larval Development Short-Term Toxicity Test for Oil Spill Cleanup Agents (California). Protocol CSWRCB 1990.
** Outperforms other absorbents utilizing a NL Baroid API ˝ Area Filter Press with rendered pressures of 50 80 and 100 psi.
*** Toxicity Characteristics Leachate Procedure CFR 261.24 Appendix 11 - SW846 Method 1311 - June 29 1990 Edition.