Loose Oil Sorbents (particulate, granular, fibrous) are widely used for recovery of oil and other hydrocarbons on water and dry surfaces. All known sorbents can be classified into three major groups: inorganic, organic, and synthetic sorbents.
Natural inorganic (mineral) sorbents have relatively high density, and after their spread on top of the water surface sink. Even treatment of mineral sorbents with hydrophobic agents does not provide their sufficient and prolonged buoyancy on water. Relatively low oil sorption ratio (usually below 2 of their weight) by mineral sorbents is their common drawback.
Natural organic sorbents have higher oil absorbency (up to 7) and they are biodegradable. Sinking is a problem with most of the natural organic sorbents, even treated, which is harmful to the environment.
Synthetic loose sorbents are reputed to have high oil sorption (up to 10) and good prolong buoyancy on water. They are known for difficulty in their spreading onto oil spills, dusting, and collection with absorbed oil.
The proprietary Inkas-Sorb® Bits represent engineered granules made from natural organic or synthetic waste, having oil sorption rate up to 20 times of its weight and practically endless buoyancy on water before and after oil sorption.
It is easy to spread and collect the Inkas-Sorb® Bits.