Weird and wonderful uses for IBCs.

After seven years recycling IBC’s, we have supplied IBC’s for a wide range of interesting end purposes. Besides the obvious 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 way 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 nutrients 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 effect 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 fertiliser.

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 Fertiliser – 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 fertiliser.

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.

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