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Pubs and restaurants warned over grease and fat disposal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

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PUBS and restaurants have been warned not to pour grease and fat into sinks after clogged-up drains were found to behind a leak which sent sewage spewing onto a road in Burton.

Workers were confronted by a wall of fat when they went to tackle a leak in Branston Road last month, just a year after Severn Trent carried out a full clean-out of the town’s sewers.

The water giant is now visiting food outlets to inform them of appropriate ways to dispose of fat in a bid to avoid more leaks as well as costly clean-up jobs for the company.

People were seen covering their noses after the leak in Branston Road, as sewage spilled onto the road due to the blockage.

Serious Waste Management, based in Shobnall Road, said it had been inundated with calls from pubs and restaurants who had been advised to seek help.

Grace Tupling, from the firm, said: “We’ve had a lot of phone calls over the last few days from businesses in Burton who have been told their grease management is not satisfactory.

“FOGs (fats, oils and greases) entering drains and sewers is a real problem in the UK, as the solidified fats harden, and stop the free flow of the pipes, causing blockages and smells.”

Severn Trent said it takes sewer flooding ‘very seriously’ and that it would be reminding businesses of their ‘legal obligations’ regarding the disposal of grease and fat.

A spokesman said: “A year ago we carried out a deep cleanse of the sewers in the Burton area. However, since then, the sewers have become clogged up again with oil and grease which is starting to build up in the pipes.

“To try to stop this from becoming worse we have been working with outlets in the area to educate them about what can happen if fats, oils and greases are not disposed of in the correct way.”

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