- Global green quick break detergent NP super concentrate (GGNPSC)
- Global green quick break detergent – non-phosphorous (GGNP)
Cleaning agents and detergents without correct quick-break properties allow oil-contaminated wash-down water to pass through most oil/water separators, interceptor pits and oil traps that are designed to remove oil.
Quick-breaks emulsify (break down into ever-decreasing droplet size) fuels and oils. When contained within a volume of water, the quick-break action releases the fuel and oil, allowing it to rise to the surface where it can be recovered. 92% of fuel and oil is released within ten minutes.
In addition to being a quick-break and biodegradable detergent, the Global Green range does not contain phosphorus. High levels of phosphate encourage algal blooms such as toxic bluegreen algae. Phosphorus often accumulates in water bodies that receive washdown effluent, such as minesites and industrial-effluent dams, rivers, lakes and sewage plants.
As an Australian manufacturer, we’re always looking to save our customers money. As a result, we have developed a super-concentrate version five times the strength of our standard Global Green NP. Global Green super concentrate will save money for those companies with large transport costs, particularly in remote areas.
Cleaning and degreasing applications:
- Mining equipment
- Agriculture machinery
- Earth moving machinery
- Engines and industrial machinery
- Workshop floors and driveways
- Trucks, cars and buses
- Bath degreasing and parts washing
- Pressure washing
- Boats, engines and bilges
- Washroom floors
- Canteen floors
- Kitchen appliances
What is quick-break?
A quick break cleaning agent, diluted with fresh or salt water, will clean and emulsify hydrocarbons such as oil, grease and diesel from a variety of surfaces. When the quick break comes into contact with oil it breaks the oil into microscopic droplets. The droplets become smaller and more numerous and ultimately fade from sight in the water.
Within five minutes of the oil being emulsified the breaking process commences. The bond between the quick break and the oil weakens with the oil finally breaking away and rising to the surface of the water. 92% of the breaking process occurs within 10 minutes.
Importance of Global Green quick break detergent to the environment
All oil and water effluent from workshop floors, vehicle and machinery washdown, engine degreasing and other washing operations should be collected in a pit prior to treatment through a mechanical separator or triple interceptor and discharge to sewer or lagoon.
If Global Green quick break detergent is used, oil removed during washdown or degreasing will be released to float on top of the collection pit or in the separator and is available for collection. If a non quick break detergent is used, oil removed during washdown or degreasing will remain emulsified and bound up within the washdown water. The cleaning agent/degreaser holds the oil so well in solution it is impossible (without added chemicals) to remove the oil from the collected water, even after long settling times and processing through deoiling hydrocyclones or plate separators.
When the water is discharged to sewer or lagoon, the oil is also discharged. Under these circumstances, the oil discharge level may breach EPA requirements.
If oil or fuel is to be washed into dredging ponds, dams and lagoons in order to clean up the last remnants of a spill, Global Green quick break should be used. This will allow the oil/fuel to rise to the surface after a few minutes from where it can be collected. In doing so, the pond water remains uncontaminated.
Laboratory and field tests demonstrate Global Green quick brak detergent completely biodegrades within a maximum of 22 days.
Primary biodegradation occurs within five days. This means the product loses its properties but its molecular components still exist. Biodegradation is the process whereby organic materials decompose in the environment.
Organic materials involved in cleaning and washdown are detergents, soaps, degreasers, fuels, oils, greases, etc, all of which are composed of carbon/hydrogen molecules in different configurations with various other minor constituents (nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur) sometimes present.
For biodegradation to occur, there needs to be a combination of bacterial activity, water and oxygen. The bacterial activity breaks the bond between the hydrogen and carbon molecules with water (H20) and carbon dioxide (C02) produced. The process is repeated over and over until all the bonds have been broken and the molecules are converted to C02 and H20.
High levels of phosphates encourage blue green algal blooms in out-flow ponds and dams leading to dangerous blue green algae and often unpleasant smells. Global Green quick break detergent’s leading formula replaces phosphates with amino acids.
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