top of page
  • Writer's pictureR&A Cleansing

What Services Can a Liquid Waste Disposal Company Offer?

Whether it’s in a residential or commercial building, if you have any sort of liquid waste tank, regular emptying and maintenance is an essential part of making sure that you’re managing your waste responsibly. Any property that isn’t connected to a mains sewer will need some alternative way to manage sewage and liquid waste - whether that’s a cesspit, septic tank or holding tank - and as a result, proper liquid waste management carried out by a professional company is essential for a number of practical and environmental reasons.


If you want to know more about how a liquid waste disposal company can help you get rid of your waste safely and efficiently, keep reading.

Septic tank emptying

Common Types of Liquid Waste

Here are some of the most common types of liquid waste encountered by our experts and where they are found.

Domestic Sewage

Domestic sewage waste refers to that which is found in residential septic tanks with drain fields. This type of waste is produced by people in homes, schools and other occupied buildings. In order to be properly disposed of, the liquid waste from domestic sewage must be transferred to a treatment plant where specialised methods and equipment are used to purify and then dispose of it.

Domestic Holding Tank Waste

This type of waste is pumped from a sealed tank that doesn’t feature a drain field. The holding tank waste disposal process is largely similar to that of domestic sewage. Transporting the waste to a treatment plant for filtration and purification guarantees that the tank doesn’t burst or flood, therefore reducing the risk of runoff contamination or residential waste issues.

Commercial Wastewater

Commercial wastewater includes waste from commercial products and facilities, such as portaloos, restaurant grease traps and commercial holding tanks. Commercial waste tends to contain potential hazards, like flammable materials or a mixture of liquid and solid waste products, and as such require is a more specialised disposal process. Typically, this involves the filtration of waste before transportation so that it can be managed safely.

Industrial Waste

Industrial waste is created as a result of byproducts from industrial processes and production methods, which might include hazardous or chemical components. Because of this, industrial waste cannot be subjected to the same transportation or management procedures as septic or commercial liquids. Instead, it must be inspected and tested before it undergoes the disposal process.

Runoff Waste

Runoff waste refers to the liquid waste that comes from runoff, or excess rainwater, in highly populated cities or regions. The management of rainwater and other runoff waste requires the planning and implementation of sewer systems and drainage plans. It’s especially important that this type of waste is disposed of swiftly because failure to do so can lead to contamination or flooding.

The Importance of Proper Liquid Waste Management

Without a proper liquid waste removal system in place, there are a number of serious consequences that can affect human health and the surrounding environment - the scale of which can be irreversible if left untreated. Here are a couple of reasons why proper liquid waste management is so crucial.

Impact on the Environment

Incorrect handling of liquid waste can cause a massively detrimental impact on the environment, producing several different types of pollution. For example, if raw sewage gets into water sources, it can change the water’s pH, killing the wildlife that inhabits it and creating the perfect breeding ground for dangerous diseases. If an ecosystem is compromised in this way, it can have disastrous repercussions for our crops and farm animals - even resulting in the extermination of vulnerable animals, insects and plant species. Though it might sound extreme, the world around us is very assailable, and even the smallest of imbalances can have huge knock-on results.

Impact on Human Health

Diseases found in contaminated water, such as cholera, typhoid and Guinea worm disease,  can be fatal to those than encounter them. As such, it’s far more hygienic, and not to mention much safer, to have a proper liquid waste management system in place to prevent a rapid spread of infection.

Services We Offer

R&A Cleansing are Cornwall’s leading liquid waste disposal experts. From sewage maintenance to routine liquid waste removal, if your property is reliant on independent waste management systems - such as a septic tank or cesspit - our specialist team are able to offer swift and affordable maintenance services. Here are just some of the liquid waste removal tasks we routinely perform for clients.

Septic Tank Emptying

Our team offer fast, reliable and cost-effective septic tank services to clients across West Cornwall and Devon. From emptying and collection to cleaning and maintenance, both domestic and commercial clients are sure to benefit from our comprehensive waste management solutions and septic tank drainage services.


When it comes to septic tank emptying, cleaning and maintenance, it’s safe to say we know what we’re doing. In an ideal world, septic tanks should be emptied and cleaned annually, though this will differ depending on size, usage and requirements. Regardless, however, we advise that our customers schedule regular septic tank maintenance, as this is the most surefire way to prevent problems from arising. Of course, we’re always happy to help, and take great pride in making sure that our clients’ systems are working properly and hygienically at all times.

Cesspit Emptying

A cesspool or cesspit is a sealed underground storage tank which holds sewage until it is emptied and disposed of. Both need to be emptied frequently to avoid the build-up of solids and prevent any possibility of overflowing. Therefore, a cesspool will require more regular emptying than a septic tank.


Typically emptied using a vacuum tanker, the tankers at R & A Cleansing are equipped with an internal water supply and use specialist vacuum pumps and long hoses to ensure emptying and washing is a swift and safe process. Removal, disposal and sewage treatment is carried out afterwards with a full duty of care available. We can arrange regular service visits to ensure your tank doesn’t overflow.

Holiding Tank Emptying

The wastewater from your toilet, sinks, shower, dishwasher and washing machine all goes into your holding tank. Therefore, if you fail to empty your holding tank frequently enough, the consequences can include sewage backup in your vehicle, which is both hazardous to your health and can cause a variety of adverse knock-on effects. For that reason, it’s crucial to call a holding tank company in Cornwall before your tank is completely full.


Whether your holding tank sewage system is situated within a large goods vehicle, boat or off-mains property, regular emptying and maintenance is essential. There’s no need to grapple with the logistics of holding tank emptying yourself - our team will work within a timeframe that suits you to minimise downtime and disruption to your family or business.


Holding tanks that are used frequently need emptying, on average, every six to eight weeks. However, if you only use your caravan on a seasonal basis, you may get away with calling the professionals for holding tank emptying once or twice a year. Remember; the cleaner you keep your holding tank, the longer it will survive while remaining safe and functional.

Klargester Emptying

Although the emptying of a Klargester sewage system may not be the first thing on your to do list, it is essential to maintain a healthy free flowing system at your home or business premises to avoid any unpleasant or costly surprises. In the event that you require our Klargester emptying service you can give us a call and a member of our friendly tank emptying team will do everything possible to get one of our tanker drivers to you as soon as possible.

Waste Management Inspections & Surveys

Thanks to our extensive experience within the waste management industry, we offer much more than liquid waste collection and disposal in Cornwall. Our trained team can survey and diagnose liquid waste tank problems, helping to catch problems early on and stop them from costing you in the future.


Once an issue is identified, our team will work hard to repair the problem as quickly as possible, ensuring that you can continue to use your septic tank or cesspit as normal with minimal downtime.

R&A Cleansing: Cornwall’s Leading Cesspool Company

Whether you’re looking for septic tank liquid waste removal or holding tank maintenance, you can count on R&A Cleansing to get the job done. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment with a member of our expert team, please contact us today.

6 views0 comments


bottom of page