Universal SorbaSet™ Patented Universal Absorbent/Solidifier for Emergency Spill Response

Universal SorbaSet™ is a dry powder, single package absorbent/solidifier that can be used to treat hazardous liquid spills. No special tools or equipment are required.


Universal SorbaSet™ will hydrate and set to a firm dry mass in a short length of time.

For use with nonaqueous liquids, such as solvents and other organics, once the spill is completely absorbed sprinkle lightly with clean, cold water until wet in appearance. Avoid excessive force and dilution. For spills up to 1 inch deep, no mixing is required. Complete solidification will occur within an hour. If material is not set or sufficiently dry within that time, dust on more Universal SorbaSet™ and rewet.


DO NOT TOUCH SET MIXES. USE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. Set materials may be removed with plastic or aluminum shoves (to avoid sparking flammables) or other tools.

Liquids treated with Universal SorbaSet™ meet al current requirements for secure land burial. They do not weep or exude liquids under pressure. They can be easily handled with shovels or earth moving equipment.

Waste solidification: Solidification of drummed materials may be performed using some sort of gentle agitation for complete dispersion. AVOID EXCESSIVE AGITATION after addition of water. Simply allow water to permeate mass.

This bar graph demonstrates the retention abilities of solidification vs. absorption. Only the solidified OMNI compounds offer proper retention to meet the regulations for secure land burial.

Additional Information:

Amendments to the RCRA regulations, enacted on November 8, 1984 {ref.} prohibit land burial of free liquids or liquids absorbed on biodegradable materials, or material that release liquids when compressed. The only way to meet these new regulations is through the use of a solidification technique.

Various absorbents*, such as vermiculite, flyash, perlite, and granular clays, hold liquids in their pores, the same way a sponge holds water. When subjected to pressure, these liquids are readily released. Adsorbents*, such as activated carbon, retain liquids on their surface. Although some are quite resistant to pressure, the contained liquids may easily be replaced by ground water or released by mild heat.

True solidification completely encapsulates liquids in a continuous matrix, by chemical reaction. A truly solidified liquid cannot be extracted by pressure, mild heat or mild acidification.

Two currently available solidification methods are cementation and vitrification. Vitrification is the use of high heat melting to form a type of glass-bonded mix with the liquid. This method is extremely energy intensive and not suitable for most organics. Cementation methods, on the other hand, are ambient temperature reactions and are much more economical and practical.

Most cementation reactions require exacting conditions and special equipment. The OMNI line of hazardous waste disposal compounds overcomes these problems
*Neither absorbents nor adsorbents meet the requirements for land burial under RCRA.

Compression test: Solidified liquid samples were subjected to a pressure of 35 psi (comparable to earth pressure at a depth of 50 feet.) for a period of one hour. Weighing before and after indicate degree of retention. (Exceeds EPA method 9095, Paint Filter Liquids Test used to determine compliance with 40 CFR 261.21, 261.22, 264.314 & 265.314).



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