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Nu-Tank’s viridescent plan

Viridescent, a word hardly associated with manufacturing companies, is one of Nu-Tank’s six core values.

Nu-Tank, located at Parkhurst, manufactures top quality polyethylene water, molasses, transport, diesel and industrial tanks, as well as troughs and feeders.

Becoming green, viridescent is not a new colour scheme for Nu-Tank but a deliberate clean environmental strategy.

From the air it is easily evident that Nu-Tank are environmentally conscious. There are 320 solar panels on their factory shed that generate up to 60 kilowatts of their power needs.

However, valuing being viridescent means more to Nu-Tank than just utilising solar energy.

Their fleet of Mercedes delivery trucks are the latest most fuel efficient models currently available able to travel the distances and locations required.

More expensive to buy, but over their lifetime the less fuel being consumed and particulates emitted justifies their investment.

With the manufacturing of their tanks, all tanks are made in computer controlled ovens.

Something very few tank manufacturers can claim.

Made obvious when you see the size of the oven required to make a 10200 gallon (45,955L) tank. Nu-Tank has one of only three such size ovens in Australia.

Computer controlled ovens are more energy efficient than over an open flame (yes, that’s how some competitors tanks are cooked) and produce a more consistent quality product. Not that the odd mistake with cooking times is a major hassle as Nu-Tank can recycle 100 per cent of their plastic waste in their own recycling plant.

The waste is granulated and/or compressed on site to be sent away for recycling into other products.

One plastic product that doesn’t get thrown in the recycling plant though are the plastic drinking water bottles. Keenly collected by one of the staff at Nu-Tank, they are exchanged for cash that is donated to the staff members grandkids’ school.

General Manager, Stephen Trail, advised that being a modern operation, Nu-Tank started conscious of their environmental footprint and set an early goal of creating no landfill waste from its manufacture and production process.

“We’ve got more to do and will continually be looking at ways to be more sustainable. The cleaner, more viridescent, we can make the whole process from cooking to delivery, the better for everyone,” Steve concluded.

Jimmy converting waste plastic after it has gone through our onsite recycling plant. The plastic is bagged and sent away to be re-used in the manufacture of other products

Featured originally in CQ Today 24 June 2021