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The following information is designed to assist you when thinking about buying an IBC. We hope that it helps, however if the information you require is not immediately obvious, please feel free to contact us.
1. What does IBC stand for?
2. What are they used for?
3. Why would I want a IBC?
4. Are they supplied clean?
5. Can we use them for animal and human drinking water?
6. How big are they?
7. How much do they weigh?
8. Base Pallet?
9. What are the advantages and disadvantages of black or clear tanks?
10. Do they come with a tap?
11. Is it easy to dispense the stored liquid via the tap?
12. Do we need to raise the tank off the ground?
13. Can we bury the tank?
14. Can we stack the tanks one on top of the other?
15. Can we interlink tanks?
16. How much does delivery cost?
17. Can I collect my order?
18. How do I place an order?

 
1. What does IBC stand for?
 
Intermediate Bulk Container.
 
2. What are they used for?
 

They are commonly found in industry, and are used to transport a wide range of liquid products, from soaps, to food flavourings to chemicals.

IBCs in use

 
3. Why would I want a IBC?
 
Toucan supplies IBC’s for a wide range of end purposes. The common ones include water butts, fuel containers, bio-diesel collection, water store for farm animals and horses, mobile valeters water store, waste store for caravan sites, ballast, and temporary homes for fish.
 
4. Are they supplied clean?
 
Absolutely. The tanks are taken from industry and subsequently steam cleaned, vacuumed and treated. There will be the occasional scratch on the outside of the tank, but the insides are as new. There is no residue and the only odour will be that of the detergent used to clean them.
 
5. Can we use them for animal and human drinking water?
 

IBCs supplied by Toucan Environmental are regularly used in the agricultural and equestrian world. The tanks are clean so animals can safely drink from them. They are not however suitable for human drinking water, as in general the tanks have not contained food grade products.

An IBC being used for animal drinking water

 
6. How big are they?
 
Toucan Environmental offers 2 different sizes. The larger one holds 1000 litres, and has a footprint of 1200mm x 1000mm and is 1170mm high. The smaller tank holds 600 litres and has a footprint of 1200mm x 800mm and is 1040mm high. These are maximum external measurements.
 
7. How much do they weigh?
 
Dependent on the base pallet (plastic, metal or wood), they weigh between 50kgs and 70kgs when empty. They are not heavy but their size means that you will need to ensure that you have suitable access to wherever the tank is to be sited. Just to give an idea of ease of movement three or four lads will easily be able to lift one over a garden fence!
 
8. Base Pallet?
 

In industry, fork lift trucks are used to transport the IBC’s. The plastic bottle (inner tank) is therefore secured to a base pallet using a sturdy cage. The majority of Toucan Environmental’s IBC’s are on a heavy duty wooden pallet, although we also supply metal and plastic bases.

IBCs stacked on pallets

 
9. What are the advantages and disadvantages of black or clear tanks?
 
Black tanks have the massive advantage over clear tanks of blocking out the suns ultra-violet rays. This helps to keep water crystal clear for significantly longer over the clear alternative. Black tanks also hide the contents, so should you be storing red diesel for example, the casual thief wont be attracted to it! Black tanks only disadvantage is the fact that without looking into the top, you cant see how much liquid is contained.
 
10. Do they come with a tap?
 

Yes – when used in industry, the stored liquids will be dispensed in one of two ways. Either via a submersible pump that is inserted via the top opening, or by opening the butterfly valve controlled tap at the very bottom of the tank.

A butterfly valve tap on the bottom of an IBC

 
11. Is it easy to dispense the stored liquid via the tap?
 
Yes – although we would recommend purchasing either a spout (see picture) or Hozelock Connector (see picture). The spout is ideal if you need to fill a watering can, whilst the hozelock connector allows you to fit a standard garden hose to your tank.
 
12. Do we need to raise the tank off the ground?
 
The higher the tank, the more pressure will be generated, although a full tank on the floor provides enough pressure to use a garden hose in conjunction with the hozelock connector. Obviously if you are using a spout, you will need to raise the tank in order to get the watering can underneath.
 
13. Can we bury the tank?
 
Yes – although you should build a external frame box for it, as the weight of the soil will cause the plastic sides and top to collapse.
 
14. Can we stack the tanks one on top of the other?
 
Yes – they are designed to be stacked, and can go 3 high when full, or 4 high when empty. You will need to ensure that the ground base is suitable if stacking 3 tanks, as the gross weight would be in excess of 3 tonnes once full.
 
15. Can we interlink tanks?
 
Yes - using Hozelock Connectors it is possible to interlink as many tanks as you like. There are many ways to configure such a project, feel free to contact us for advice.
 
16. How much does delivery cost?
 

We offer a nationwide delivery service, with all IBCs being delivered within 3 days of your order.

We use a well established local courier company – Paul Brown Transport – for the deliveries of our IBCs. Paul Brown Transport is affiliated to the Fortec Pallet Distribution network. This means that we are able to offer the absolute best prices whilst also being able to track your order should you wish to monitor its progress. When ordering we would always ask that you provide a contact number so as to ensure the deliveries are made as smoothly as possible.

Toucan Environmental is based in Bristol, in the South West of England. Naturally the nearer that you are to this location, the cheaper the transport costs. The prices are worked out on postcodes, although as a guideline we can generally deliver 1 or 2 IBCs for £55. Exceptions to this rule include North Wales, East Anglia, Far North of England, Scotland and the various islands. To get the absolute best price, please contact us when making your order and we will quote you.

An order ready for dispatch

 
17. Can I collect my order?
 
Absolutely. We welcome collection. For information on how to find us please take a look at our directions HERE.
 
18. How do I place an order?
 
To place an order simply visit our online shop pages and select the products you are after.