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Hotelympia 2018    
BBC Studios conducts “Fatberg Autopsy” for C4    

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned BBC Studios’ Science Unit to produce an hour-long documentary that will examine the waste that is clogging city sewer systems, otherwise known as fatbergs.

Congealed lumps of fat and waste, fatbergs consist of sanitary napkins, wet wipes, diapers and similar items that do not break down like toilet paper.

The tentatively titled Fatberg Autopsy will provide exclusive access to a recently discovered giant fatberg in London, believed to be one of the largest ever found in the UK capital.

Hosted by Rick Edwards, the film will conduct the first ever fatberg “autopsy” to determine what exactly is clogging the city’s pipes and tunnels, while also revealing the truths of how we live today.


Seeping sulphur and hatching flies: the filthy secrets lurking inside the 130-ton Whitechapel fatberg    

Were it not for the corner of a Cadbury Double Decker wrapper poking out from the deposit in the double-sealed acrylic case, it could well be a sample of moon rock. Closer inspection reveals a pock-marked concretion of materials; some organic, some man-made, much of indeterminate origin, parts suspiciously brown.

This is one of only two lumps left of the 820-foot, 130-tonne Whitechapel ‘fatberg’ that brought the capital’s sewer system to a standstill in September, now entombed for posterity as part of the Museum of London’s City Now City Future installation.

Apart from the army of Hazchem-suited workers who took two months to cleave the toxic mass from London’s bowels, one shovelful at a time – and the team of conservationists at the museum who made it safe for human viewing – I am the first person to lay eyes on it.

Within seconds, I witness the miracle of life: a tiny, freshly-hatched drain fly stares up at me from its new home and flits swiftly around the surface. Who knows what other mysteries it may yet reveal.


  Giant 'fatbergs' haunt London's sewers
Don’t flush that! Baby wipes and other products cause backups    

It is no secret that tossing foreign objects into your toilet or sink drains will plug them up. But did you also know that they plug up your municipal wastewater treatment facilities and home onsite wastewater systems as well? Across the nation, sanitation districts have been investing in public awareness efforts to educate the public about flushing the wrong stuff. Toilets should only be flushing body wastes and toilet paper because all other items plug the plumbing and fill up septic tanks.

Items such as facial tissue, paper towel, sanitary wipes (including baby wipes), feminine hygiene products, food stuffs, hair, dental floss, adhesive bandages and the like, do not break down. Municipal sewer systems have to filter and strain these products out. Septic tanks just fill up faster as most of these products don’t break down during the anaerobic digestion process leading to system failures.

According to research from the Portland Maine water district pipe clogs were caused by solid paper products (40 percent), baby wipes (18 percent), other sanitary wipes (12 percent), feminine hygiene products (18 percent) and household wipes, medical materials and cosmetic products (7 percent). Even if the product says that it is safe for sewers and septic that does not mean will break up and decompose.

Other things you should not put in your plumbing or toilets include:

  • Chemicals - They should be sent to your household hazardous waste collection because they are bad for the environment.
  • Paints – They can stop bacterial action in septic tanks.
  • Medications – They often contain antibiotics which, in turn, stops the bacterial action in septic tanks.
  • Cat litter – It contains clay and sand causing blockages.
  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs – They swell with moisture causing blockages and do not break down.
  • Dental floss, hair and other stringy items - They catch on stuff and cause blockages.


FOG should be factored into restaurant hygiene ratings - Southern Water    

Southern Water is pushing Defra and the Food Standards Agency to introduce "badly needed" standards on fat, oil and grease (FOG) into eateries' hygiene ratings, delegates heard at the WWT Wastewater 2018 conference this week.

Stephen Williams, who works as Southern Water’s Network Protection and Enforcement Officer, told the conference that the lack of a legal requirement for the installation and maintenance of grease management systems was a significant problem and that he wants to see the issue factored into the hygiene ratings that are on public display in food establishments.

“We don’t have a standard for grease management in this country,” Williams said. “It’s badly needed. There’s no requirement for records to be kept about the maintenance of equipment. We are just starting in the process of engaging with Defra and the Food Standards Agency to see if we can redress it and get it put into the food hygiene ‘scores on the door’. I can’t promise it’ll go anywhere, but I will try.”


Dozens of Chinese villagers scoop cooking oil from a filthy ditch after it leaked from a crashed tanker lorry    

A large crowd of Chinese villagers flocked to collect oil from a dirty ditch after hearing a tanker lorry had crashed on a nearby motorway.

Footage shows dozens of people came equipped with buckets and ladles before squatting down to scoop the liquid. According to reports, the oil was claimed to be cooking oil leaking from the wrecked vehicle.

t's said a tanker lorry had crashed into several cars on a motorway near Heze of Shandong Province. The impact left an opening at the rear of the tank causing oil to flow to the ditch. The accident, which took place on January 20, was believed to be caused by foggy weather, according to Pear Video.

Onlookers were shocked to see large flock of crowds carrying big buckets and even driving tricycle trucks to carry the buckets. Web users guessed the villagers might try to sell the oil to restaurants while some worried the hygiene of leaked oil.

'In their eyes, this is a massive business opportunity to sell it to restaurant, right?' asked Weibo user 'haioulaileba'. 'These oil have no difference to the gutter oil that people scooped it from the sewage!' said 'sangedidandan'.


Gutter oil vendor warning    

When it comes to street food, there are two main rules, says STA Travel: “Go to a cart making dishes to order, or find one with a line long enough that you know it must be good.” But watch out for vendors taking cost-saving shortcuts too. “The cooking oil should be light yellow. If it’s dark brown, it’s likely to be recycled ‘gutter oil.’” Some vendors even bleach waste oil so that it looks golden, but “it still has a tell-tale chemical taste or rancid smell,”


Ofwat announces appointment of new Chief Executive    

Ofwat has announced the appointment of Rachel Fletcher as its new Chief Executive. Rachel joined from Ofgem where she is Senior Partner for Consumers and Competition and sits on the Ofgem Board.

She joined Ofgem in 2005 and during her time there was also Partner for Distribution, leading the Electricity Price Control Review and introduced the Low Carbon Network Fund.

Before joining Ofgem, Rachel worked as a consultant advising public and private sector organisations around the world on energy strategy and policy. Announcing her appointment, Jonson Cox, Chairman of Ofwat, said: “This is such an exciting time for Ofwat and that was reflected in the strength of the candidates who applied to be our new Chief Executive. “Rachel’s impressive track-record and experience in regulation of network and customer focused businesses, alongside her clear leadership qualities, make her an ideal Chief Executive for Ofwat.

Rachel will complement the team leading the upcoming price review and she will take Ofwat forward to the next phase of its evolution beyond 2020. I am really looking forward to working with her as we push the water sector to deliver more of what matters for customers.


Study reveals £100m annual cost of UK sewer blockages    

Around 300,000 sewer blockages are occuring every year, costing the country £100M. The statistics have been revealed in the biggest ever in-depth investigation of sewer plockages in the UK.

Source: Wet News - January 2018

'Fatberg' of wetwipes causes wastewater leak into Lake Taupo, closing foreshore    

Taupo District Council said the spill occurred at the end of Hawai St, Richmond Heights, and a temporary health warning is in place not to swim in the area until water testing results come in tomorrow.

Council operational services manager Kevin Strongman said waste contractors were onsite quickly after the alarm was raised at about 9pm last night.

Advertisement "When wastewater escapes from a manhole, the resulting spill enters the stormwater system through nearby grates and because of gravity, it ends up in the lake," Mr Strongman said.

"Clearly we are really disappointed by this situation and find it just as frustrating as the community.

"We've invested around $100,000 a year on CCTV assessments of the system, and another $50,000 a year in high-pressure water cleaning to try and stop spills from happening."


So, how can we prevent fatbergs?    

Fatbergs – enormous solid masses of oil, grease, wet wipes and other hygiene products that congeal together to cause major blockages – are wreaking havoc on the sewers of cities around the world. A 130 tonne specimen described as a “monster” recently caused backups in sewers in London’s Whitechapel, and the cities of Baltimore, Singapore and Dannevirke, New Zealand have also all experienced similar issues in recent weeks.

Fatbergs are not a recent phenomenon, but have attracted increased attention in recent years as old sewerage systems struggle to cope with an increased consumption and disposal of everyday products like fats, oils and greases from cooking. This is a particular issue for cities like London with Victorian systems. The visceral disgust that runs alongside the image of fatbergs lingering under the city, and the potential impact they will have on local flooding, means that they will remain a topic that demands attention.

Strategies are already being put in place in order to prevent sewer fatbergs. Current water industry tactics tend to focus on removing sewer blockages and reducing the fats, oils and greases that enter sewers from commercial sources (such as restaurants). But around three quarters of the fats, oils and greases in sewers comes from domestic sources, making household disposal a key priority for change.

Awareness campaigns directed at the public currently focus on what people put down the kitchen sink. Current advice is that cooking fats, oils and greases should be disposed through food or solid waste recycling. But there is little information on how we can dispose of other products – like that fatty off milk at the back of the fridge – without pouring it down the sink. The mucky complexities of how people actually deal with fats, oils and greases in the home suggests that the solution might need to be more complex than awareness campaigns.

In a recent report we suggest that changing people’s broader behaviour related to food waste and disposal of fatty products is not going to be easy to change – and that we also need to look beyond the plughole.


Fatty problem building in the sewers of College Station    

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- The City of College Station continually warns residents to not pour their oil, grease, or fat down the drain. Oil isn't the only issue causing problems at the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"Rags, shirts, rope, hair. I mean, anything that basically people flush thinking it's okay, ends up clumping together with the oils and causes issues," said Michael Garcia, the Lead Operator at the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Every day, Garcia comes across what they call "fatbergs," or clumps of non-flushable items mixed with fats, oils and greases, that flow through our sewer systems.

"It's almost like a rock in the sewer system and then it backs up," said Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator for the city. The "fatbergs" cause problems and costs the city of College Station money.

"The rags can wear [on] impellers, cause pumps to go out really quick and that's an expensive for the city. When you have to replace one of these pumps, it's $60,000 a piece," said Garcia.

Nations said as the city continues to grow, so do the problems.


Eight-hour slog to flush out 50kg blockage    

Pilbara workmen have wrestled with a stomach-churning 2m “fatberg” weighing about 50kg, hauling the grotesque treasure from plumbing in South Hedland.

The massive mixture of wet wipes, sanitary items, and cloth-ing took more than eight hours to remove after it created a blockage at the Hedditch Street waste water pump station last month.

Fatbergs are usually made of cooking fat or other waste which congeals and hardens after being poured down drains.

Water Corporation North West regional manager Rino Trolio said the blockage contained congealed rags, wet wipes, clothing, fat and oil which should not have been in the wastewater system.

“Many of the blockages in these mains are caused by people putting the wrong things down toilets and sinks,” he said.

“When this solidifies in your home’s internal plumbing or wastewater pipes, it creates a blockage, which can cause wastewater to back up in the system and possibly overflow.” The congealed mess isn’t quite a new record, with a 7m blockage of congealed wet wipes weighing 750kg pulled from a New South Wales wastewater system in 2016.

A 250m long fatberg made of congealed fat, wet wipes and nappies was discovered in London in 2016.


Seasons Greeting From GreaseShield®    

To Our Valued Customers and Clients, 

Season's Greetings and my very best wishes for a happy holiday season. Thank you for your business and support during 2017.  We will be delivering more cost saving, innovative solutions in 2018 and look forward to your continuing support and custom. 

Wishing You  A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

           Jim O'Neill

Experts issue warning over Christmas fatbergs and how to avoid them    

It’s the time to eat, drink and be merry – but experts are warning people to dispose of Christmas leftovers carefully or face creating costly festive fatbergs.

This is the warning being issued by rubbish removal experts Junk Hunters, who have explained how households can avoid clogging drains and sewers over the holiday period. Knowing what not to put down sinks and toilets, and preventing grease and fat from going down the sink, are crucial actions for fighting fatbergs.

The team at Junk Hunters issued the guidance just as news broke that part of the famous “Whitechapel Fatberg”, which made international headlines, is to go on display at the Museum of London. They explained that nothing should be flushed down the toilet except the ‘three Ps’ – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.


Welsh Water wants to stop the block with sewer campaign    

WELSH Water wants its customers to help cut blockages in sewers after a new study showed nearly all are caused by non-flushable items.

Water UK published a report, showing 93 per cent of blockages are caused by different wipe types – often wrongly labelled as “flushable”.

The in-depth study revealed wipes being flushed down toilets are causing serious problems in the sewerage system.

Less than one per cent of the domestic waste in the blockages was identified as made up of products which are designed to be flushed, such as toilet paper.


Brits to throw out 100 million plastic straws and cups this Christmas    

Sky Ocean rescue campaign calls on people to curb use of single use plastics and ensure they recycle over the festive season.

New research has this week estimated that the British public will use almost 300 million plastic straws and cups over the festive party season, with a third of the resulting waste not being recycled.

A survey of over 2,000 people commissioned by Sky as part of its Ocean Rescue campaign found that 84 per cent of consumers are concerned too much plastic packaging is used on gifts, while 69 per cent regard the amount of waste generated over Christmas as 'unacceptable'.


London's 130-tonne monster 'fatberg' of human waste is going on display to the public    

The so-called ‘fatberg’ is 820ft (250 metres) long and formed from a mixture of fat, grease, oil, wet wipes and sanitary products.

Lurking underneath the streets of London, a giant clump of congealed human waste recently hit the headlines.

The so-called "fatberg" - a name coined in London - was 820ft (250 metres) long and formed from a mixture of fat, grease, oil, wet wipes and sanitary products. It weighed the same as 11 double-decker buses. 

Thames Water recently confirmed it wants to convert part of the 130-tonne fatberg into biodiesel, providing enough fuel to run 350 London Routemaster buses for a day, and now the Museum of London has unveiled plans to put the rest of the monster pile of human waste on display to the general public.  

From 2018, the fatberg will feature as part of the Museum of London's City Now City Future exhibition. The project is aimed at generating discussions around the impact of modern day living. By the year 2050, over 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban environments, claims the exhibition. 

“The discovery of this fatberg highlights one of the many issues London has to deal with as it grows and evolves," said Sharon Ament, Director at the Museum of London. "Our year-long season, City Now City Future, explores what the future holds for people living in urban environments. It is important for the Museum of London to display genuine curiosities from past and present London."


Water Corp sends festive warning about fatbergs    

FATBERGS. From Munster to London these large lumps of congealed fat and wet wipes are forming monsters in our sewerage system.

And with Christmas just around the corner, the Water Corporation is reminding households not to pour fat, oil and grease down the sink.

Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar said many people mistakenly thought it was ok to pour fat from Christmas lunch or dinner straight down the sink.

“If this solidifies in your home’s internal plumbing or wastewater pipes it creates a blockage, which can cause wastewater to back up in the system and possibly overflow,” she said.

“That is not the kind of gift you want to receive this Christmas, especially if it occurs inside your home.

“Pour fat from your Christmas ham and grease from the barbecue into a container and dispose of it in the bin. Also, don’t dispose of food scraps down the sink, these also belong in the bin.


My Delicious Dinner - Behind Bars    
ONE of the highlights of my husband’s tenure at the Department of Justice was a lunch at The Clink restaurant in Brixton Prison.

It’s not the swishest of venues and, if I remember rightly the cutlery was plastic. But once past the security bars and buzzers, the place felt much like any other trendy restaurant — with one exception: all the staff were inmates.

I was hugely impressed by the quality of the cooking. And now three out of the four Clink restaurants — in Cheshire, Cardiff and Surrey — have been rated top in their area on TripAdvisor, while the one at Brixton Prison now ranks third out of 18,162 in London.

In some ways, the food isn’t the point of The Clink. The point is providing a programme of rehabilitation that gives prisoners real skills with real value in the outside world. Prison should be about more than just porridge: The Clink is proof it’s possible.


Tapping Energy From Fatbergs    

Fatbergs, massive accretions of grease and debris, are a big problem in sewers, but decentralized and sustainable solutions have been proposed It weighed as much as a blue whale and was even longer, but Londoners didn’t realize it was lurking beneath their streets until ancient sewer tunnels backed up.

The blockage turned out to be the world’s largest recorded fatberg, a monolithic mass of congealed fat, hygiene products, and other debris. Travis Andrews of The Washington Post wrote that the colossal fatberg weighed 130 tons and was more than 250 yards long.

Fatbergs, given their size and composition, present a massive cleanup problem. Municipalities have legislated and created awareness programs to change fat-disposal behavior in their populations, and researchers have proposed decentralized wastewater treatment solutions to stop fatbergs before they form. The blockages also present opportunities: One company in the United Kingdom even plans to remove oil-rich fatbergs from sewer tunnels and generate electricity from them.



EPAS Supported ‘The Clink’ comes Out On Top


The Clink restaurant chain, which operates at four prisons in England and Wales but is open to the public is beating establishments by celebrity cooks.
And according to TripAdvisor, three of the restaurants – which aim to rehabilitate prisoners by training them for the food industry – are rated No. 1 in their local area.
HMP Styal, a woman’s prison in Wilmslow, Cheshire, is top out of 62 restaurants. HMP Cardiff, a category B jail, is first out of 943 and HMP High Down in Surrey beats 134 other restaurants. HMP Brixton is rated London’s third best restaurant out of 18,161, beating the likes of Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche and Gordan Ramsay, who has three Michelin stars.

  The Clink Come Top!

Dishes are cooked and served by inmates. Main courses include turbot with crushed purple potato and slow cooked lamb pot pie, celeriac mash and glazed carrots for £17.95
Starters include pigeon, black pudding and smoked bacon lardon salad from £5.75
However, there is a no alcohol on the menu and diners use plastic cutlery. Inmates with six to 18 months left of their sentence can apply for the scheme, which started in 2009.
About 160 at a time take part. A report last year found that The Clink reduces male reoffending rates by 41%. High street chains Wahaca and Carluccio’s have taken Clink graduates, as have top hotels.
One reviewer, who went to the Clink in Cardiff, wrote: ‘I thought we would be served by murderers, serial killers and such like. Not the case. Very handsome and chic young men.’
Chris Moor, chief executive of the Clink Charity, said: ‘We’re helping people understand how important a part education and work plays in reducing re-offending rates.’

Source: Daily Mail 27th November – Ian Drury, Home Affairs Editor

Wastewater Division warning residents of fats, oils and grease    

With the holidays coming up, the Wastewater Division of the city's Utilities Department is raising awareness of common wastewater problems that occur, especially during the holidays.

The department has recently acquired a Rover X-130, a remote controlled camera that will help save time and money by finding clogs and other problems in wastewater lines. 

However, the newly acquired rover also shows the scope of these common wastewater problems.

As families prepare holiday meals, the leftover fats, oils, and grease, can cause problems. Pouring these liquid down the sink can cause clogging in wastewater lines and cause sewage backups.

These blockages pose a health hazard and can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.


Crews flush sewer lines looking for trouble spots    

Public Works crews were out Tuesday, flushing the town’s main sewer lines as part of annual maintenance. 

“We do it twice a year,” said Public Works Director Yves Lizotte. “Once in the spring and again in the fall. We try to find trouble spots before they get too big.”

Those trouble spots include blockages in the main line, which can cause backups into homes and businesses. By flushing water between manhole covers, workers can identify and then clean out blockages.

According to Lizotte, paper towels are a common, but by no means the only source of such blockages.


Deadly bacterial infections could be coming from your kitchen sink PLUGHOLE    

Plughole blockages are a breeding ground for bacteria, and can develop poisonous pathogens, including the the lethal E.coli and salmonella bacteria.

The bacteria can become airborne, and spread into the surrounding areas of the home, warned scientists at the University of East Anglia.

They can survive at room temperature on stainless steel for up to 28 days, increasing the risk of infection.

About a third of all sponges could be contaminated with E.coli too, research has revealed.

Food and hair that gets put down plugholes can form blockages, and lead to microbial biofilms. A biofilm is a thin layer of microorganisms that stick together, and grow on moist surfaces.


Dog owners warned over deadly palm oil 'fatbergs    

Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from deadly fatbergs of palm oil being washed up on Britain’s beaches.

The congealed lumps of fat which have floated across the Atlantic from the Caribbean have an oily smell which appeals to dogs but they are often covered in lethal germs.

To make matters worse, the waxy blobs – often a by-product of the cosmetics or food industry – can be fatal if they lodge in a dog’s throat.

Vets along Britain’s Channel and Irish Sea coasts have issued warnings to dog owners urging them to steer clear of affected beaches.

In the latest incident, Barbara Johnson was out walking her dog Toby on Walney beach in Cumbria on Saturday when he licked a substance understood to have been palm oil.

He fell ill that evening and had to be taken to an emergency vet where his stomach was pumped, his blood tested and he was put on a drip, with suspected damage to his liver and kidneys.


Europe to test system that uses sunlight to break up plastics in wastewater    

Harnessing the sun's radiation to help rid the oceans of microplastics contamination is one of several technical innovations to be developed by a new EU-funded project. Beginning in November 2017, a system developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden for breaking down microplastics from personal care products will be tested for implementation in homes and wastewater treatment plants.

While exposure to sunlight can degrade plastics into harmless elements, it's a slow process. In some cases plastics can take several years to decompose. Joydeep Dutta, chair of the Functional Materials department at KTH, says this system will speed up that process by making more efficient use of available visible light and ultraviolet rays from the sun.

The system involves coatings with material of nano-sized semiconductors that initiate and speed up a natural process called photocatalytic oxidation, Dutta says. In a test household, these nano material coated filter systems will be placed at the exit of wastewater from homes. Similarly, in wastewater treatment plants these devices will be used to initiate microplastics degradation after the classical treatments are completed.


How to solve the ‘monster’ fatberg problem    

Fatbergs – enormous solid masses of oil, grease, wet wipes and other hygiene products that congeal together to cause major blockages – are wreaking havoc on the sewers of cities around the world. A 130 tonne specimen described as a “monster” recently caused backups in sewers in London’s Whitechapel, and the cities of Baltimore, Singapore and Dannevirke, New Zealand have also all experienced similar issues in recent weeks.

Fatbergs are not a recent phenomenon, but have attracted increased attention in recent years as old sewerage systems struggle to cope with an increased consumption and disposal of everyday products like fats, oils and greases from cooking. This is a particular issue for cities like London with Victorian systems. The visceral disgust that runs alongside the image of fatbergs lingering under the city, and the potential impact they will have on local flooding, means that they will remain a topic that demands attention.


Abu Dhabi to recycle, re-use all waste water by 2020    

Abu Dhabi: By 2020 Abu Dhabi will recycle and re-use all of its wastewater within the emirate, officials said on Monday.

As it stands now, Abu Dhabi currently reuses only five per cent of its treated wastewater while the emirate uses 60 per cent groundwater and 35 per cent desalinated water, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed it in its “Environment Report 2017” in the capital.

Dr Mohammad Dawoud, Water Resources Advisor at the EAD, said: “Our target is to recycle all of the discarded water of the emirate and re-use it for irrigation purposes as 60 per cent of our irrigation water comes from water wells.”


'Monster' fatberg battle comes to an end    

A nine week battle against the "monster" Whitechapel fatberg has finally come to an end as Thames Water teams manage to unclog 130 tonnes of waste.

Using sheer brute force and shovels at times, teams worked in cramped and often challenging conditions four metres below the streets of east London to clear the congealed waste, which was made up of oil, wet wipes and other sanitary products.

The clearing process took longer than first expected due to the damage to the one metre high egg-shaped sewer caused by the fatberg.

Thames Water waste network manager, Alex Saunders, said: "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team.

"It was some of the most gut-wrenching work many would have seen on national television, and one of the reasons why the man-made Whitechapel fatberg captured the world’s imagination."

"As you have seen, when combined with wet wipes, sanitary products, underwear, nappies, and anything else that shouldn’t be flushed, we’re faced with having to clear out these giant, rock-hard fatbergs."


”Fat's made a heroic comeback…”    

Fat's back. It's pleasing to those of us who have spent many years patiently waiting for this moment, not all of them sat in an easy chair. Half a century since American scientists first tried to wean us off our lipid lunches, the jig is up. Hardly a day passes without some fresh study showing how wrong the fat haters were. As every grandmother always knew, butter is better than margarine and the white part of the ham matters more than the pink.

The success of the scare was really a triumph of metaphor. The image of an artery growing clogged over time was evocative to anyone who'd plunged a sink, but it didn't bear much relation to biology, which is why the nutritionists are bending backwards to say that it was cobblers.

None of this is news to the French, who've always known how to use it properly. Butter rules Normandy and Brittany, Provence drenches everything in olive oil. In south-western France, however, one fat above all has a near mythical reputation: duck.

The canard mulard is venerated with the same deference the ancient Egyptians once showed to cats. In fact, the Egyptians are quite probably to blame for the fatty French habit in the first place.


  Viewpoints on food: “Fat's made a heroic comeback…”
Fatbergs 'a big problem' for NZ's sewers    

Watercare say build-ups of fat, grease and oil known as 'fatbergs' are "a constant battle" to keep under control in New Zealand's sewage systems.

The comment comes after a sinkhole opened up in Dannevirke, in response to a sewer pipe failure caused by a mass of fat as well as rats, who had been feeding on it.

But Peter Rogers, Watercare's manager for asset protection, said it's not an isolated issue, and said they're now actively trying to educate people on what can and can't go down their drainpipes.

"It's a big problem. It's a constant battle," he told RadioLIVE's Morning Talk with Mark Sainsbury.

He says the popularity of wet wipes is also causing plenty of issues for them, as they combine with the oils and fats to create "massive blockages".

"They block our pumps, so our pumps stop and that can leave to overflows in our network, which is a big problem," Mr Rogers said.

He added that when there is a build-up, Watercare deploys a trade waste team to "jet out a lot of the fat", which ultimately hits the taxpayer in the pocket.


Watch NI Water pull 'wet wipe monster' from sewer    

NI Water has released videos of a wet wipe monster, photos of FOG (fat, oil and grease) blocking a sewer on the Lisburn road to boulders and a bucket found on the Shankill Road - to highlight just some of the horrors their workers are faced with.

Gavin McCready, wastewater manager for Belfast said: “It doesn’t need to be Halloween for us to be afraid of what we find down there, everything from children’s bikes to thousands of rags.

“People are under the impression the wet wipes are ok to flush, whether it’s facial, baby or toilet. The fact is they are not; even if they say flushable. Unlike toilet paper, these wipes hold a certain amount of water and do not break down quick enough to avoid causing a blockage.

"The same goes for FOG, instead of pouring it down the sink (this includes rinsing off cooking trays) scrape it into the bin or into a bottle for recycling.


Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'    

Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies”.

Toxic air, water, soils and workplaces are responsible for the diseases that kill one in every six people around the world, the landmark report found, and the true total could be millions higher because the impact of many pollutants are poorly understood. The deaths attributed to pollution are triple those from Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

The vast majority of the pollution deaths occur in poorer nations and in some, such as India, Chad and Madagascar, pollution causes a quarter of all deaths. The international researchers said this burden is a hugely expensive drag on developing economies.


London Fatbergs    

Most London restaurants and takeaways are failing to stop grease, oil and food going down the drain which can cause "fatbergs", it has been claimed.

Thames Water visited hundreds of outlets and found nine out of 10 did not have adequate systems for keeping waste out of sewers.

On Whitechapel Road, where a "monster" 130-tonne fatberg was found, none had a working grease trap, the firm said.

The utility said it was "staggered" by the findings.

What does a fatberg smell like?

Fatbergs form when fat, oil and other unflushable items such as wet wipes, nappies and condoms accumulate and congeal inside pipes.

The resulting mass can cause blockages which water companies spend millions of pounds each year to remove.

Thames Water's sewer network manager Stephen Pattenden said: "We're not suggesting anyone intentionally pours the contents of a fat fryer down the drain, but it's more about the gunk that comes from dirty plates, pots and pans."

He said a "simple, well maintained grease trap" was enough to prevent kitchen waste from entering sewers.

Restaurants which do not have proper systems in place will be visited again in several months, facing prosecution if they fail to make required changes.


Drain blockages caused by food waste DOUBLE in Swanage    

THE number of drain blockages caused by discarded cooking fat and food waste more then DOUBLED in Swanage last year, Wessex Water has revealed. After identifying the seaside town as a particular hotspot, Wessex Water representatives are set to launch an initiative to raise awareness of the issue.

Wessex Water divisional waste manager Luke Beattie said: "We are finding that an alarming number of blockages we attend in Swanage are caused by food and cooking waste." Sewerage crews cleared more than twice as many kitchen related blockages in Swanage in 2016 compared to the previous year, figures show. On average, the company deals with around 33,000 blockages in its region each year. Experts estimate around one third of these blockages are caused by fats, oils and greases.


Let's Talk Turkey: 'Flushing Foul FOG' Costs Canadian Taxpayers Thousands    

As thousands of Canadian families come together to celebrate Thanksgivingweekend with massive traditional meals, there's an inevitable crisis looming. Fat, oil and grease (FOG) will soon flow through the drains of kitchen sinks and toilets across the nation.

Flushing grease down toilets and pouring oil down sinks seems to be the easiest way to dispose of the liquid waste. Canadians need to consider what happens when it builds up in their local sewer systems, especially over a major holiday weekend like Thanksgiving.

Turkey one:
6.65 kg/14.64 pounds
Recommended serving for 10 adults

Produced 250 ml (one cup) of liquid fat

Turkey two:
8.25 kg/ 18.2 pounds
Recommended serving for 12 adults

Produced 290 ml of liquid fat


Four Major 'Fatbergs' Beneath London's West End    

Multiple "fatbergs" are clogging up sewers beneath London's West End, it has been revealed. Thames Water is closely monitoring four major blockages lurking under the streets of the capital's theatre district.

The masses of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies and hardened cooking oil are in trunk sewers in Savoy Street, Lisle Street, Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place.

The capital's other major "fatberg" - described as a "monster", weighing 130 tonnes and more than twice the length of the Wembley football pitch - is under Whitechapel Road.


The Community    

Channelling our time, energy and creativity to ensure significant and long-term positive impact in the communities in which we work and live. One practical example of this is our support of the Clink Charity – Training Restaurants. Prisoners are trained over a 6 to 18 month period to gain qualifications in catering in addition to boosting their confidence, motivation and pride. Graduates from the training process have a reoffending rate of 6% as opposed to a National rate of 46.9% within the first year of release and 75% within 5 years of release.

During the year, the company supported Rosie’s Trust, a charity which maintains and supports the special relationship and bond between owners and their companion pets, when this relationship is threatened by the impact of the owner’s terminal illness, advancing age or acute cancer treatment. Their principle aim is to enable the owner and their pet to stay together. Their services are offered at no cost to the owners.

The company further supported the activities of Saddles And Reins Special Olympics Club, an organisation which has enabled young persons to overcome disabilities and excel in what they do including winning gold medals in the equestrian events at the Special Olympics.


EPAS has opened new offices in the USA

EPAS LLC., Suite 534, Global Water Center, 247 W Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Earth Overshoot Day    

The 2nd August 2017 marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year. Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable trajectory. Through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester, humans are demanding more from the earth than it can produce.

Every natural resource that we use from this day - 2 August - onwards is in effect unsustainable in the long term. Over the course of a year we use 170 per cent of the world's natural output. Earth Overshoot Day comes far earlier in the year than it did a decade ago when we used just 144 per cent of the Earth's biocapacity.

However, this is still double the 78 per cent that was used in 1963. Currently, carbon emissions make up 60 per cent of humanity’s Ecological Footprint. If carbon emissions were cut in half, the date of Earth Overshoot Day would be pushed back by 89 days, or about three months. In November 2016, 190 countries' commitment to maintaining global warming below the two degree Celsius threshold was ratified.

Imperfect as it may be, the Paris Climate Accord generated global goodwill and hope that humanity was ready at last to tackle its biggest challenge yet. However, the deal suffered a huge blow in June when Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the agreement. Of the World's larger nations the USA makes the second largest demand on the Earth's resources, operating at five times the biocapacity of the US. This is second only to Australia. The Global Footprint Network has also produced a calculator that allows you to track what impact your own actions have on the world's natural resources at www.footprintcalculator.org.

The new Footprint Calculator allows users to measure their own demand on nature (Ecological Footprint) and assess their personal Earth Overshoot Day. A user’s personal Earth Overshoot day is the date Earth Overshoot Day would be if all people had their Footprint.



EPAS Ltd awarded NSF Mechanical Plumbing Certification    

Adding to their international Product Certifications / Approvals from PDI, CSA, ASME, UL and (Danish and Swedish and Norwegian) Environmental Products & Services ltd, ( EPAS )  are now pleased to have been awarded NSF Mechanical Plumbing certification for both of its facilities.

C0335530 - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
C0336182 - Manchester, United Kingdom

All GreaseShield Models comply with NSF standards and will now bear cNSF and/or the cNSFus Mark and are Certified to the Uniform Plumbing Code™

The NSF certification mark on a product means that the product complies with all standard requirements. NSF conducts periodic unannounced inspections and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard. The mark also provides:

  • Knowledge that an impartial review against established criteria or guidelines has been conducted
  • Evidence that product labelling and claims have been objectively reviewed by a trusted third party
  • A way to differentiate our product from our competitors.
  • Evidence of our organization’s company-wide commitment to quality, compliance and safety
  • Backing by a team of professionals dedicated to public health and safety operating in more than 170 countries around the world

The NSF mark is your assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today. It is valued by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies worldwide.


About NSF

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment. NSF’s mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, NSF develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. Providing auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.


CESA tells UK Government:we need trade and we need voice in Europe, post-Brexit - March 15 2016

CESA met with Lord Bridges at 9 Downing Street to present the catering equipment industry’s position on Brexit.  Lord Bridges is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.


The meeting was ‘very positive’, according to Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA.  “The government are keen to engage with our industry, they want to know about the sector and what it needs,” he said. Alongside Roberts at the meeting, and representing the catering equipment industry, were Lord Trefgarne, patron of CESA, Keith Warren, director of CESA, and Phil Williams and Richard Cromwell, who are both on the CESA Council. 

During the meeting, the discussions ranged from the big picture – Lord Bridges stated that the government aims to have reached an agreement about our future partnership with the EU by the time the two-year Article 50 process has concluded – to the specific, including the employment needs of the sector and CESA’s request that self-certification should remain in place for UK companies to CE mark equipment (excluding gas equipment).

“Lord Bridges understands that it’s critical that we get clarity on exactly what catering equipment companies will need to do to sell into Europe, post-Brexit,” says Roberts.  “Just as important is the question of how we can influence EU policy if we don’t have a seat at the table.  For example, currently we are involved in the continuing development of MEPS tests, under the Ecodesign Directive.  If we’re not involved, European manufacturers will impose their preferred test standards, without any input from British companies. We also discussed CESA’s desire for the UK to develop our own policies in these areas, ensuring we are keeping pace with the EU, and the importance CESA places on government prioritising this. 

The meeting follows the Government’s publication of the green paper, Building Our Industrial Strategy.

GreaseShield - EN1825 Certified    

Environmental Products and Services Ltd have been awarded EN1825 certification (www.sintefcertification.no) to our GS1850 range, adding to our international certifications:

ASME A112.14.3-2000 Testing of Grease Interceptors, ASME A112.14.4-2001 Grease Removal Devices, CSA B481.0-2012 Testing of Grease Interceptors, CSA B481.1-2012 Testing and Rating of Grease Interceptors using Lard, CSA B481.5-2012 Testing and Rating of Grease Interceptors Equipped with a Grease Removal Device & PDI G 101. UL Approved (File No: E361705). Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and EMC directive 2004/108/EC.

  EN1825 Cerfified
INdustry, Food and Drink, Team

Why is the issue of FOG so cloudy for restaurant operators?

GreaseShield system provider, Environmental Products & Services (EPAS), does not think the GCA will benefit the industry and isn’t a member. EPAS’ UK and export sales manager, Gareth O’Neill, comments: “Currently the membership is made up of grease equipment manufacturers and service companies who will serve to protect their own interests and not provide a cost-effective solution to the customers.”

William Clark, MD of grease trap manufacturer Aluline, agrees: “The FOG debate has too many vested interest parties all trying to gain financial incentive. The actual concept of the GCA is sound, however the ‘experts’ are divided as to financial advantage.”

  FOG in Drain

EPAS’ O’Neill believes the issue of fats, oils and grease in the drainage network can be solved by installing effective grease management equipment at the point of source that can connect to sinks, dishwashers, combi ovens and floor drains: “Utilising equipment that is correctly sized, installed and maintained — and is accredited and certificated to international standards — will lead to the reduction of FOG discharged to drain.”

EPAS is working with the European FOG Association to develop international standards and accreditation around the performance of grease management to produce a standard for the industry to work to. “The first grease product test rig to test to European and USA standards has been established in Stockport,” says O’Neill.

  • Blockages account for 80% of sewer flooding incidents in the UK
  • There are approximately 366,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 80% are caused by fats, oils and grease and other unflushable items
  • Approximately £88m is spent annually on reactive blockage clearance nationwide, with further costs for clean-up after flooding incidents.
  • Through sewer flooding, FOG build-up is indirectly responsible for many cases of property damage and pollution incidents.

Source - Food Service Equipment Journal


October 2016

EPAS has successfully been awarded accreditation by Safe Contractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safe Contractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Click to view Safecontractor Accreditation


The company has achieved the status of Assured Vendor, Elite Vendor and Construction, in addition to previous achievement of CDM (Construction Design and Management) Vendor.

Click to view Alitus Accreditations


Integrated Management Systems

We are pleased to advise that effective from 31st August 2016, EPAS was certified by Exovo BM Trada to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001 : 2007.

During the first quarter of 2017 it is the intention to seek certification to ISO 17025 for the company’s laboratories in Stockport and Carnbane as well as achieve ISO 27001 certification to ensure our reputation for effective IT security for our customers and the company.

  EPAS New ISO Standards
The World's First Green Eco Greasetrap

Our GreaseShield units are now Green Tag Certified.

  • GreenTag is a unique, independent third party, green building and other sustainable product rating and certification program based on life cycle assessment (LCA);
  • Its advanced, robust ‘beyond LCA’ certification methodology is a world first;
  • GreenTag makes deciding which eco-friendly products to use easy;
  • All the research, analysis and reviewing of standards is done for you;
  • GBCA and GBCNZ recognised.

The World's First Green Eco Greasetrap

Download our Certificate

Key Certification Criteria

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Building Code of Australia compliant
    • Certified Environmental Management System
    • Complies with Australian law
    • Environmental Management System
    • Fit for Purpose certified
    • Manufacturer take back policy
    • Replacement parts available
  2. Health & Ecotoxicity
    • Considered safe to use
  3. Life Cycle Analysis – Greenhouse Gas
    • Energy efficient
  4. Life Cycle Analysis – Resources
    • Designed for recycling or reuse
Find out more about Global GreenTag
GreenTAG Cert


Over the last 4 years (between 2012 to 2015 inclusive) the UK has imported £283,602,000,000 (£284 billion) more from the rest of the EU than the UK and NI have exported to the EU resulting in an average trade deficit with the EU Member States of £71 billion p.a. and increasing at an average rate of 10.71% per annum.

There is much talk about the Single Market and implied threats to the effect that the UK and N.I. will be punished for having the temerity to democratically express its wishes to leave.

If we assume that EU Member States will act in their best interests, will the EU Member states vote to impose duties and restrictions on the import of UK & NI goods and invite retaliatory sanctions?

Will sensible people support the currently expressed hard line attitudes of dignitaries such as the Luxembourg President of the EU Commission Mr Juncker, Mr Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium representing the European parliament on Brexit, EU Council President Mr Tusk from Poland and Mr Holland, the French President?

The French economist, Frederic Passy, (in the 1840s) concluded that with freedom of trade would come a world of peace and international tranquillity. 

"Some day all barriers will fall; some day mankind, constantly united by continuous transactions, will form just one workshop, one market, and one family. . .

And this is . . . the grandeur, the truth, the nobility, I might almost say the holiness of the free-trade doctrine; by the prosaic but effective pressure of [material] interest it tends to make justice and harmony prevail in the world."

Free Trade brings peace.

The UK & NI tourist, leisure and hospitality sectors will show significant growth.

Demand for products manufactured in the UK & NI will increase.

New jobs will be created as the manufacturing sector grows to meet demand.

Innovation and new product development in the UK & NI are being stimulated by measures such as R&D Tax Reliefs and Patent Box Reliefs.

The relatively benign corporate taxation scheme in the UK & NI will attract inward investment.

There is nothing to fear from Brexit.

Let us work with our European Friends and Friends around the World

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EPAS support Rosies Trust

The directors of EPAS Ltd., are delighted to support Rosies Trust, who supply a voluntary service to pet owners who are terminally ill, to find out more visit rosiestrust.org.

Rosie’s Trust is a unique Northern Ireland charity, officially registered with the Northern Ireland Charity Commission in April 2015.

Their mission is to maintain and support the special relationship and bond between owners and their companion pets, when this relationship is threatened by the impact of the owner’s terminal illness, advancing age or acute cancer treatment. Their principle aim is to enable the owner and their pet to stay together. Their services are offered at no cost.

  Rosies Trust

Earth Overshoot Day - 8th Aug 2016 - the day we used up a full year’s worth of Earth’s resources in just over 7 months - 8th Aug 2016

Earth “overshoot day”, marks the date at which humanity’s demand on the planet exceeds that which it can regenerate in a year.

Back in the 1960s, we only used about three-quarters of the earth’s annual replaceable resources.

But since the 1970s, economic and population booms combined with modern consumer demands have meant the planet has subsequently been in annual overshoot.

In 1993, Earth overshoot day fell on October 21.

In 2003 it fell on September 22 and last year on August 13.

Global Footprint Network, which measures the world’s demand for resources against ecosystems’ ability to supply them uses United Nations data on thousands of economic sectors, including the energy industry, transport, fisheries and forestry, and calculates the number of days of the year the earth is able to provide resources for humanity’s ecological footprint.

The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot.

According to the Global Footprint Network, greenhouse gas emissions are the largest and fastest-growing environmental impact, accounting for 60 per cent of humanity’s entire ecological footprint.


  Earth Overshoot Day - Today!

Codsall restaurant convicted for blocking sewers with fat, oil and grease.

October 7, 2016 

Severn Trent Water (STW) has successfully prosecuted a Codsall restaurant in a ‘landmark case’ for blocking the sewers with fat, oil and grease (FOG)– which led to nearby businesses being unable to flush their toilets.

Café Saffron in Church Rd, Codsall, was today ordered to pay a total of £5,495, including costs, at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court. This is only the second example of such a case being brought in the UK, and it’s a first for Severn Trent.

Under section 111 of the Water Industry Act, it is an offence to discharge anything into the sewer that may interfere with the free flow. In this case, blockages had been reported on several occasions, with complaints from neighbouring businesses that they couldn’t flush their toilets. The restaurant was found to be the cause of the blockage with fat used in cooking being put down the drain and into the sewer where it coagulated and caused the blockages. Severn Trent visited the premises on several occasions, sent various letters and had many conversations with the restaurant owners, asking for grease traps to be installed and warning of the consequences, but the owners refused.

Emma FitzGerald, Managing Director of Wholesale Operations for Severn Trent Water, commented:

“The verdict, in this case, is an important milestone for us, and we really want this to make other companies think about what they are doing with regards to disposing of fats, oils and grease and how it impacts our customers. We clear around 45,000 blockages a year and fat contributes to the majority of those, as it binds together all the other things that end up in the sewer rather than the bin and creates huge lumps which block the sewers. This is totally avoidable and in this case, simply installing a small grease trap could have prevented the situation. Legal action is a last resort for us, but our customers shouldn’t have to suffer because of the actions of one business not following the rules and ignoring our advice.”

The restaurant has, following the conviction today, committed to install a properly sized grease trap


  Cafe Saffron blocked sewer

Commercial Kitchen 2016

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., are delighted to be attending Commercial Kitchen 2016 a new and exciting trade event dedicated to the commercial kitchen industry.

The show will be hosted at the NEC Birmingham, Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th June, come and see us on stand F13

  Massachusetts Approved

The Clink's Alberto Crisci shortlisted for €100,000 Basque Culinary World Prize

The Clink's Alberto Crisci has made the finals of the Basque Culinary World Prize, a €100,000 (£76,000) award for chefs who have helped make a better society through food. Crisci, now a Member of the British Empire (MBE), is the only UK-based chef on the shortlist.

According to competition rules, winners must ‘demonstrate how gastronomy can be a powerful force for change: those men or women whose impact can be felt beyond the kitchen.’

Since The first Clink Restaurant was opened in May 2009 they have trained over 500 prisoners and released 106 Clink Graduates. To date only 6 graduates have reoffended compared to the national average of 46.9% of ex-offenders reoffending within the first year of release. EPAS have actively supported the charity since 2012 and contributed majorly to a foodservice industry donation to the forward-thinking charity. Being as much invested in our humanitarian efforts as our environmental responsibilities, we were delighted to receive a letter of thanks from Chris Moore, chief executive of the charity. “Thank you for your continued generous support and for supplying The Clink Training Restaurants at HMP Cardiff and HMP Brixton with a total of six GreaseShields and support to maintain them. Your donation has assisted The Clink Charity to continue to reduce UK reoffending rates by providing training restaurants in prisons. Many thanks for your continued support.” The Clink Charity aims to open 10 more restaurants by 2017.

For the full article visit - thecaterer.com

  The Clink

EPAS Live on CaterQuotes

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., are pleased to annouce that we are now live on CaterQuotes.

CaterQuotes is a dedicated online catalogue and quotation application for the Catering Equipment Industry Professional. CaterQuotes will also have all our Technical Documents, Manuals, CAD Symbols, and Product Videos. http://www.caterquotes.co.uk

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GreaseShield Attend RFMA

GreaseShield were delighted to attend the Restaurant Facility Management Association's (RFMA) Conference in Nashville, a premier annual event for restaurant facility professionals to gather with peers, vendors and other industry-shapers under one big roof!

Team EPAS would like to thank everyone they met at the conference

... see you next year!


  RFMA 2016

GreaseShield Returns to Hotelympia

Environmental Products and Services Ltd., return again to Hotelympia the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event at ExCel, London, an effective platform to reach senior buyers from across the industry. This year there were 32,609 profssionals in attendance. Team EPAS were glad to be part of it.

... See you in 2018?

  Hotelympia 2016

FCSI UK Branch Shut Down

The FCSI UK and Ireland will cease to exist as a body from December 31st after the chapter was sensationally voted out of the association by members of the regional EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East) division to which it belongs.

The shock move follows a dispute between the UK chapter and EAME over the value that UK consultants receive from belonging to the division. Collectively the UK branch contributes £25,000 a year to EAME to support its running, but it has been arguing for more clarity over what members get in return. ... continue reading



HOST - Fiero Milano

This year we are attending the 39th International Hospitality Exhibition in Fiero Milano, Italy. In 2013 EPAS-Ltd won the Smart Label Award for Environmental Sustainability & Functional Innovation.

To view more on this event - click here

  HOST Milan 2015


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