“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?”




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

products will.


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?”





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

regulations permit.***

Sphag Sorb can be used to solidify liquid wastes for safe transport of hazardous materials.  Used as

fill-in around over pack drums it can eliminate serious leaks preventing environmental damage.




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.