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Date added: 10/04/2013 Weird and wonderful uses for IBCs.

After seven years recycling IBC's we have suppled IBC's for a wide range of interesting end purposes. Besides the obvous uses such as rain water harvesting and the storage of fuels, some of the more interesting and bizarre uses are shown below:

Aquaponics - by cutting an IBC in half, the bottom half is used as a pond for fish, whilst the upper half is turned upside down, with salad type plants feeding off of the nutrients provided by the fish poo!

Ballast - IBCs will weigh over a ton when full of water, making them the perfect easy to transport blocks of ballast for staging and marquee's. Our IBC's have been used at some of the UK's largest events including Glastonbury and the London Marathon.

Hot Tubs - Yup, its true - we have supplied numerous IBC's that are to be converted into hot tubs!

Cider Making - every year just after the apples are harvested we have numerous requests for food grade IBC's. The best part of this is that the cider makers often give us a couple of bottles!

Fish Ponds - although normally temporary, our fish grade IBC's are perfect for storing fish whilst ponds are cleaned out or maintenance is carried out.

Feed source for poly tunnels - here at Toucan Environmental, we are lucky to also run a chilli farm. Based in Upton Cheyney, we use IBC's to irrigate our plants with the added benefit of being able to add nutrient to each IBC making the supply of feed to the plants very easy.

Slow motion explosions - yup, the BBC once bought one of our IBCs to show the affect of an explosion in water!

Giant Wormery - worm poo is amazing stuff and an IBC full of worms digesting garden and kitchen waste provides an incredibly rich organic fertilliser.

Log Store - with the bottles removed, the cages make incredibly handy log stores.

Eco houses - we have been involved in a number of eco house projects where human waste is treated within IBC's.

Pheasant Feeders - if you see a IBC in a wood it is almost certainly being used as a feeder for pheasants!

Organic Nettle Fertilliser - cut the top off of an IBC. Three quarter fill it with fresh nettles - new growth ones are better. Weight the nettles down with blocks and cover so as no nettles remain dry with water. Prepare for an almighty stink but reap the rewards of a super nitrogen rich fertilliser.

Here at Toucan we are always happy to discuss your needs even if they are wayward! Please feel free to call Alex at any time on 07817 844802 to discuss - the more wacky the better.

Date added: 19/11/2012 Keep your water running this winter with a slow drip water store!

With the freezing conditions nearly upon us, and with Toucan Environmental being based on a farm, we know all to well about the problems faced by famers with exposed pipes, who often struggle to get water to their livestock on freezing mornings.

Here at Toucan, we also struggle to clean IBC's when the weather is freezing as our yard is in an old silage clamp, and the water supply is fed via exposed pipes.

Naturally we have had to find ways to keep our water flowing throughout the winter, and its damm lucky that as IBC suppliers we have the perfect answer!

To keep your water supply running, simply attach a hose to the tap, and allow a trickle of water to run into an IBC overnight. This way the supply remains constant. The water stored in the IBC can then also be used to water the animals at a later date.

Be aware however that although the bulk of the water in the IBC will not freeze, the tap at the bottom where the amount of water is limited is prone to freezing. We lag our outlets, and also have hairdryer handy for really cold mornings. Never try and force the tap open however as this will damage the tank.

Hope this info helps!

Date added: 11/05/2011 Blacks IBC's - the perfect mobile water store for when conditions turn dry

Following the recent 3 months of exceptionally dry weather and with adverts in the Farmers Weekly, we have seen a huge number of farmers making the most of our black IBC's for water storage.

At a time of the year when young crops are susceptible to drought, or indeed in fields that do not have a water supply, our black IBC's can be the difference between success and failure. A number of farmers were extreemely grateful for the rapid turn around and supply of our tanks during the recent lambing season.

Black IBC's are not only a answer to dry summers - they are also perfect for general rain water harvesting, resulting in reduced water bills, as well as for use in freezing winters when normal water supplies may well have frozen.

So if you are a farmer, a small holder or indeed keen gardener, this is the time to purchase your tanks with the knowledge that should we hit a drought year you will at least have a bulk quantity of water to keep going.

To find out more please do feel free to either call us on 07817 844802 and speak to Alex, or e-mail us through the website. Cheers and happy rainwater harvesting!

Date added: 12/07/2010 Toucan Takes great price in supplying 100's of IBC's to Africa

To be honest, most of our customers are UK based, however following a significant order for 100's of 1000ltr IBC's we have recently supplied bulk quantities to the African continent!

The tanks are being used in a water sanitisation process which should significantly improve the lives of many thousands of people. Nice to know our products are helping people both home and away.

Date added: 12/07/2010 Dry Summer = lots of work!

As the dry weather continues and the grasslands turn arid, we have been swamped with orders for black IBC's!

Our black IBC's - of which we continue to have good stocks - are absolutely perfect for harvesting rainwater. Naturally we always see a rise in orders at this time of the year but this year has been exceptional.

Black IBC's are not only a answer to dry summers - they are also perfect for general rain water harvesting, resulting in reduced water bills, as well as for use in freezing winters when normal water supplies may well have frozen.

Date added: 06/05/2010 New online shop now live!
Finally our new website complete with online shop is live! Now you can purchase all our products directly from here.
Date added: 01/06/2009 Down on the farm...

Toucan is on a farm - if you plan to collect:

Whilst collecting from Toucan dont forget that on the farm we also have a number of attractions, including a chilli farm, numerous farm animals including piglets, calves, free range ducks and geese, rbbits and guinea pigs, turkey's and goats. We also have a lovely farm shop selling organic produce and supplying delicious snacks. You can find more info at www.manorfarm-shop.co.uk.

Hope to see you soon!

Date added: 01/06/2009 Toucan delivers to the Ascension Islands!

Toucan delivers to the Ascension Islands!

Yup - you read it right! We have just dispatched 4 x 1000ltr black IBC's to the Ascension Islands. They have gone to a school called "Two Trees".

Supplying IBC's is not the most glamourous job in the worls, so it is with some excitment that we have managed to supply our products half way across the world!

Date added: 01/05/2009 Here comes the summer

Here comes the summer!

Well, in spite of recession Toucan has seen record sales over the past 3 months (Feb - April). In this period we have sold in excess of 1000 IBC's, with the black tanks being a very popular choice.

The met office have suggested that this summer stands a very good chance of being a "BBQ Summer" meaning alot of sunshine and not too much rain, and with the possibility of nationwide water metering, buying a recycled IBC for recycling rain water is a very wise move.

Having spent the last 2 summers working out in the rain, I for one am totally looking forward to a few 30oC + days.

Have a good spring and summer - hope to help you with your water saving schemes!

Date added: 01/05/2009 New developments at Toucan

Major New Developments in the Yard:

Following some serious landscaping and moving around, Toucan now enjoys a much larger yard area.