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Celebrating the incredible commitment and dedication of the hospitality industry in Ireland to provide simply outstanding guest experiences, The Irish Hotel Awards 2019 was a huge success. GreaseShield® are grateful to be one of the sponsors of this great celebration of the hotel industry.

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The ‘fatberg’: Icky exhibition item shows what happens when you flush wet wipes    

Yarra Valley Water has donated a rather icky item to the Melbourne Museum, designed to show people what happens when they flush wet wipes down the toilet.

Pat McCafferty, managing director of Yarra Valley Water, told Ross and John the item is called a “fatberg” and they come much bigger than this one (above).

“It’s just 10 per cent of the fatberg that we pulled out of the system,” Pat said.

“They occur when we have a large masses of waste building up in the sewerage system, when fats and oils combine with other materials like wet wipes.

“Fats and oils and grease should always be disposed of in the bin.

“Both nationally and internationally we have a big problem with wet wipes.

“The issue with wet wipes is that they can be marketed as being flushable, and just because you can flush it doesn’t mean you should.

“People are twice as likely to flush them if they think they’re biodegradable.”



This disgusting build-up of fat and grease was found in East Staffordshire sewers    

This disgusting picture shows what happens when people tip fat and oil down their sinks.

The sewage firm which covers Burton and Uttoxeter has issued a plea to people to stop from washing fat and oil down sinks, showing what happens to it in the sewerage pipes as it sets and becomes one horrible lump as it builds up.

Investigations into a pipe in Uttoxeter which was completely blocked found it was filled with flushed fat, oil and grease.

The build up was found at Uttoxeter Sewage Works, where engineers discovered pipes clogged with the gross mass of fat, which had turned as solid as concrete, they said.

These pipes are used to carry sewage through the works.

According to Severn Trent, which discovered the build up, if the blockage had not been found serious problems could have been created for customers in the nearby area due to the blockage.

A spokesman for Severn Trent said the blockage could have led to its treatments stopping working, which may have led to sewage backing up into people's homes and gardens.

The firm is responsible for sewage services in the Burton area, as well as providing water in the South Derbyshire, Sudbury and Doveridge areas.

Severn Trent's sewage blockages lead Grant Mitchell said: "This latest blockage at our sewage works was so completely solid it was like concrete and we had to physically dig it out.

"We really need help from all of our customers to stop this from happening again. Our contract partners, ECAS, will be talking to local food businesses, to see if they need help disposing of FOG in the right way - using grease trapping equipment."

Mr Mitchell added what steps can be taken if people have oil, grease or fat to dispose of, rather than putting it down the drain.

He said: "It's easy to assume that the warm grease and fat left over from cooking would be ok to dump down the sink, as long as you wash it down with a lot of hot soapy water.

"But the reality is that quite quickly the fat and grease will cool and solidify, building up and blocking the drain or sewer as it has done in the sewage works.

"It's much better for businesses to install a grease trap, and for people at home to wipe out any greasy pans with a bit of kitchen roll, and then put it in the bin.

"You can pour left over cooking grease into a pot or jar with a lid, and then, when it's cooled, simply pop it in the bin."


The build up of fat in the sewer pipe(Image: Severn Trent)

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Drains blocked after Yorkshire puddings flushed down toilet in Ipswich    

Water bosses have asked people not to flush unwanted Yorkshire puddings down the toilet after the roast dinner favourite blocked a sewer.

Anglian Water posted two pictures of the floury, eggy mixture blocking drains in Ipswich.

It joked: "We're sure even our friends at Yorkshire Water wouldn't welcome this sight!"

One of the photos shows a slab of Yorkshire pudding batter covering a drain, while the other shows a surprisingly intact pudding in someone's gloved hand.

The company added: "Somebody dumped a load of Yorkshire puddings in an Ipswich sewer.

"Please don't treat sewers as bins. Avoid blocked pipes and compost your food waste!"

Only the "3 Ps" should be flushed down the loo - pee, poo and paper - the company says on its website.

It adds that 80% of sewer blockages are avoidable and are caused by "unflushables".

Consequent problems include "sewer flooding of homes and environmental pollution, which is distressing (and) costly to put right", it says.


This pudding was surprisingly intact. Pic: Twitter/Anglian Water

Giant 'fatberg' blocks Liverpool sewer    

United Utilities have found more than 90 tonnes of congealed oils and grease blocking a sewer in Liverpool.

The giant ''fatberg" is being chipped away by engineers and will eventually be sent away for recycling into biofuel.

The company say it'll cost more than £100,000 to remove the fatberg on Birchall Street.

They form when fats and oils from industry and kitchens get into sewers.


Fatberg found in Liverpool sewer Credit: United Utilities

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Macomb County's 'fatberg' donated for research at Wayne State University    

Remember that super gross, ginormous pile of goop — called a fatberg — that Macomb County found in a large sewer line in September?

It's going under the microscope at Wayne State University, and may even make its way to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit for display.

A fatberg — a giant wad of fats, oils and greases that gets bound up with wipes and other solids — can restrict flow and damage sewer lines by increasing the volume of sewer gas in the line, county public works officials said.

The 100-foot-long, 11-foot-wide fatberg was 6-feet tall and weighed about 19 tons when it was discovered in a large sewer interceptor in Clinton Township. It was removed from the line, with two pieces set aside that are being turned over to the university for research.

“Although FOG blockages have been known for many years, our understanding of their detailed chemical structure and formation mechanisms is lacking due to limited real-time and in-place data,” Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Healthy Urban Waters at Wayne State University, said in an article Tuesday posted under the Division of Research on the university's website.

“The formation and planned removal of such a massive FOG blockage presents a rare opportunity to study these formations, and funding received from the National Science Foundation will help our efforts in this regard," said Miller, who is not related to Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller.

The $80,000 grant from the National Science Foundation is to use real-time video, pressure data and advanced chemical analysis to advance the understanding of the physical and chemical structure of such blockages, according to the article. It stated that results will be used to identify potential risks associated with blockages and inform future targeted prevention and mitigation efforts.

“This fatberg is somehow morbidly interesting, which gives us a chance to use it as a teachable moment,” Candice Miller said in the article. “This study can continue the effort to educate the public on simple but important steps they can take to protect our infrastructure and, ultimately, our environment.”

Public works officials said workers used high-pressure jets of water to try to break apart the fatberg after it was discovered. Then, they used handsaws and shovels to bust it up before it was sucked up into a vactor truck and disposed of. The county allocated about $100,000 for its removal.

The university is collaborating with the Michigan Science Center to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of sewer backups by creating an educational centerpiece for the museum about these types of blockages and actions people can take to mitigate them, according to the article, which was shared by the public works office Wednesday. The project may be unveiled later this year.


The Macomb County Public Works Office has broken up and removed a giant fatberg from the county’s sewer system. MACOMB COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE

‘Fine to flush’ official mark introduced to tackle wet wipes blocking sewers    

A “fine to flush” symbol is being introduced for wet wipes that have passed strict tests to ensure they will not contribute to sewer “fatbergs”, the water industry has said.

Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature the official water industry logo on their packaging if their products pass the independent tests to prove they can be safely flushed down the toilet.

This will let consumers know that the products do not contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages, industry body Water UK said.

The move comes amid consumer confusion and growing concern about the problems caused by flushing away wet wipes, many of which are labelled flushable but do not break down quickly when they enter the sewer system.

These types of wipes would not pass the stringent tests that will allow them to receive the “fine to flush” symbol, Water UK said.

Manufacturers will be able to have their wipes tested by WRc, Swindon-based independent technical experts who have developed the standards with Water UK, and will awarded the mark if the product passes.

Fatbergs, which are mainly caused by a build-up of wet wipes, oils and grease into a solid mass, have increased in frequency in recent years, with a 210ft (64m) fatberg discovered blocking a sewer in Sidmouth, Devon, this week.

Non-flushable wet wipes could make up around 93% of the material causing some sewer blockages, according to research into the problem in 2017.

Water UK, which represents water and sewerage companies, said there are approximately 300,000 sewer blockages a year, costing £100 million, harming the environment and leading to home and business drains backing up.

Water UK chief executive Michael Roberts said: “This is an important step in the battle against blockages.

“We’ve all seen the impact of fatbergs recently, and we want to see fewer of them.

“Improving the environment is at the core of what the water industry does, and the new ‘fine to flush’ standard that we’ve created will make it easier for consumers to buy an environmentally-friendly product instead of one which clogs up drains and sewers.”

The Marine Conservation Society called for retailers to ensure all wipes have either passed the fine to flush standard and have the logo on the pack, or are clearly labelled with “do not flush”, to help consumers make the right choices.

The charity said that, in its annual beach clean in 2018, volunteers found an average of 12 wet wipes per 110 yards (100m) of beach cleaned and surveyed, an increase of more than 300% in the last decade.

Laura Foster, head of clean seas at the Marine Conservation Society, said: “We know that there is huge confusion for consumers on which products can be flushed, resulting in millions being spent on blockages every year.”

“Unfortunately some products on the market labelled as flushable have been known to contain plastic fibres, adding to plastic pollution in our oceans.

“In addition, by not being designed for realistic conditions found in UK sewers, they may not break down fast enough and therefore potentially contribute to blockages.”


Wet wipes contribute to fatbergs including this giant one found in a sewer in Sidmouth, Devon Photo: South West Water/PA

Dead horse among weird items found in sewers    

Cow carcasses, snakes, false teeth and a dead piranha were among the bizarre items found in sewers, a water company has said.

Waste workers in Durham cleared 13,000 blockages last year, costing Northumbrian Water £400,000.

A dead horse, thought to have been stuffed down a manhole, was also recovered, the firm said.

However, it said most blockages were caused by household items such as wet wipes and grease.

Chris Hepple, production operator, said uneaten food items were a big problem, with radishes the most common find.

"People must buy radishes and not eat them - we get a lot of radishes, oranges, potatoes coming into the works," he said.

"Found an old mobile phone the other day, of about 1980, and the odd bra, underpants, where I think people [have] had accidents in nearby pubs."

In 2007, a bra was found blocking a sewer pipe which burst , causing a road to collapse.

Northumbrian Water advised people to only flush away the three Ps - toilet paper, pee and poo.


Monster fatberg found blocking Sidmouth sewer    

A giant fatberg which is 210ft (64m) long has been found blocking a sewer in a seaside town.

The solid "monster", which is made up of fat, wet wipes and grease, was found near the sea in Sidmouth, Devon.

South West Water (SWW) said the fatberg was the biggest it had found and it would take about eight weeks to remove.

The firm's director of wastewater said he was thankful it was discovered "in good time" with "no risk" to the quality of sea bathing waters.

Andrew Roantree said the discovery showed fatbergs were not only found in the UK's biggest cities, "but right here in our coastal towns".

At 210ft, it is longer than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, longer than a Boeing 747SP (185ft), and more than twice as long as a tennis court, (78ft).

SWW said the chances of people's loos backing up as a result were "very unlikely" because the fatberg, found in a large sewer near the seafront, was far from homes.


Award of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018    

Environmental Products & Services Ltd (EPAS) are delighted to announce that our Stockport operation is accredited and certificated to the following ISO standards :- ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management ISO 45001:2018 – Health & Safety Management. EPAS was audited and assessed by the British Assessment Bureau and awarded the above ISO certifications for Stockport to compliment the ISO certifications for our Head Office. The award demonstrates the commitment of EPAS to ensure that our customers receive the highest level of service and product innovation.


GreaseShield® attended to the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.


FilterShield Wins at the Kitchen Innovation Awards 2018  
FilterShield Wins at the Kitchen Innovation Awards 2018

  EPAS are delighted to have won this year’s Kitchen Innovation Award at this year’s Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo at the Excel – London, for our new filtration system FilterShield - FS1500.

Gareth O'Neill with the Kitchen Innovation Award
(Pictured - Gareth O'Neill)

We are pleased to announce, we are attending the 91st Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference at WEFTEC this year.

Held at New Orleans Morial Convention Center New Orleans, Louisiana USA. The conference is from September 29 to October 3 and the Exhibition from October 1 to 3.

We'll be at booth 2556.

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£12 million a year is spent on unblocking wet wipes and sanitary products from London’s sewers, according to a new report from the London Assembly Environment Committee.

Titled ‘Single-use plastic: Unflushables’, the report reveals the shocking extent of the damage caused by flushing away these items, which contain plastic and so do not biodegrade, contributing to giant ‘fatbergs’ beneath the city. Every day, on average, Thames Water removes 30 tonnes of unflushable material from its sites.

Stephen Pattenden, Waste Network Performance Manager at Thames Water, explained: “Many people don’t realise how wipes that get flushed can cause blockages and fatbergs in the sewers. They contain plastic so don’t break down in the same way as toilet paper does, instead clinging to the insides of the pipes and combining with fat and grease to form the fatbergs, which have become so common across London.”

The report is therefore calling for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to introduce a new ‘block buster borough’ initiative – this would involve working alongside Thames Water and local authorities to promote the correct disposal of unflushable items, for instance through the use of ‘bin it, don’t block it’ signs in public toilets. Installing sanitary waste bins in male public toilets has also been suggested, acknowledging that men are also users of wet wipes and other unflushable products.

In May, a spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) hinted that the government would be including wet wipes in its pledge to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste, saying: “We are continuing to work with manufacturers and retailers of wet wipes to make sure labelling on packaging is clear and people know how to dispose of them properly – and we support the industry’s efforts to make their customers aware of this important issue.”


This is the 60,000 wet wipes which caused a blockage at a Sunderland pumping station    

A blockage at a Washington sewage pumping station has highlighted the problem of wet wipes being flushed down the toilet.

Disposable wipes are a major cause of blockages in the sewer network, which can lead to flooding both in the environment and in people’s homes.

Even wet wipes that are labelled “flushable” contain plastics and do not degrade, instead contributing to these blockages. Northumbrian Water reminds people that only the three Ps – toilet paper, pee and poo – should be flushed down the toilet.

The company has 765 sewage pumping stations across the North East, and when production operator Chris Hepple came to clean out one of them, he decided to do some maths to help illustrate the problem.


Single-use plastic: unflushables    
  • Thames Water removes 30 tonnes of unflushable material every day from one of its sites. It unclogs five house blockages every hour from London’s sewers, a 30 per cent increase from last year. Sewage blockages cost Thames Water and ultimately consumers £12 million a year.
  • Waste authorities collect more than 100,000 tonnes of nappy waste a year. The majority will be sent for incineration, adding to London’s carbon emissions and polluting the air.
  • Nappies that go to landfill take around 400 years to disintegrate.
  • Across the UK, over 11 billion wet wipes, nearly 2.5 billion period products, nearly 4 billion nappies and over a billion incontinence products are purchased every year. These numbers are growing – wipes by over a quarter, and incontinence products by nearly half, compared with five years ago.
  • There is no legal requirement for manufacturers to list materials on the packaging of products. Tampons contain 5 per cent plastic, period pads contain 90 per cent plastic and nappies contain an estimated 50 per cent plastic and similar materials.


Flushed wet wipes cause Hemel Hempstead play area closure    

A brand new play area had to be closed for several days after raw sewage, caused by a wet wipe and 'unflushables' blockage, flooded the area.

Thames Water said it had to disinfect all the equipment at Gadebridge Park, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, after a sewer became blocked.

It said paper towels and other items were across the park, making it unsafe.

The park was closed from Saturday to Tuesday, and 22 tonnes of specially sourced sand had to be replaced.

Jon Maw, Area Performance Manager for the water company, said: "This is a stark reminder that we must all take care with what is flushed away.

"It may seem convenient to put a wet wipe down the toilet but as we saw here, the consequences can be severe and can seriously impact the environment."


'Fatcam': Museum of London launches live stream of fatberg    

Last year, a mound of congealed fat captured the imagination of the nation. And now people will be able to squirm at the sight of the Whitechapel "fatberg" in the comfort of their own homes.

The Museum of London has launched a webcam offering an internet live-stream of one of its prize exhibits, a small slice of the 130-tonne lump of congealed fat and detritus that blocked Whitechapel's Victorian sewers in 2017.

The obstruction was made of a mixture of oils, fats, faeces and sanitary products. A small section of the fatty mass went on temporary display at the Museum of London in February, and proved such a hit with visitors that it has been acquired for the museum's permanent collection.

The museum's sample has reportedly changed colour, oozed "sweat", and become a breeding ground for flies.

“The samples of the Whitechapel fatberg have proven to be very powerful museum objects, provoking strong feelings of fascination and disgust in our visitors while encouraging them to reflect on a serious challenge facing the city,” the Museum of London's Vyki Sparkes said.


Massive 10ft "fatberg" pulled out of sewer    

It took a team several hours to remove the gigantic 'rag roll', which was fortunately located before it managed to do too much damage.

Engineers at United Utilities say the ability to keep sewers flowing and free from blockages is an ever increasing challenge.

The constant battle which involves teams of people working around the clock to deal with increased levels of fibre entering the sewer network, as products such as wet wipes are flushed down the toilet, is required to minimise the chance of flooding.

Seventy one per cent of people living in the north west admit flushing things down the toilet that don't belong there.

Bob Turner from United Utilities said "Across all our wastewater treatment works, approximately half the breakdowns on sites are caused by unflushable items.

"At Fazakerley alone, we remove approximately 170 tonnes of wet wipe litter a year."United Utilities say that wipes and sanitary products need to go in the bin ans not down the toilet or fatbergs will remain a problem clogging up our sewer systems.



Everyone Pours Bacon Fat Down the Drain - and Lies About It    

At the end of Casey Linker's shift as a cook at a pub in Columbus Ohio, she did something she did suspected she wasn't supposed to do. The Kitchen's refrigerator was packed. To create room, she pulled out a large plastic tub of bacon fat, in a container she couldn't throw away. "I let it thaw out and I put it down the drain" said Ms Linker, 22 years old.

The next day, the kitchen sink was stopped up by eight cups of bacon grease that had congealed into a solid mass. A co-worker sent her a picture of the clog, saying someone had poured bacon grease down the drain. "I was a little embarrassed, obviously, but then I just laughed it off", Ms. Linker said. "He still doesn't know it was me". (Yes, she still works at the pub.) Proper bacon grease disposal is not nearly as popular as bacon. Many people - often secretly and slightly ashamed - pour the pork fat down the drain despite knowing they shouldn't.

Carrie Richardson, 43 from Green Bay, Wisconsin, assumed that her husband followed her lead in allowing the bacon fat to cool and harden before throwing it in the garbage, but Brad Richardson, 44, recently revealed to her the truth. "I pour it down the toilet," he said. "Because I don't want it to clog up my sink drain." So far, he hasn't had a toilet clog.

Those who know better have a simple reaction: "It's really stupid." Melissa Brennan, 31, said her 23-year-old roommates created a 3-foot grease clog in the pipe under their sink. "I was baffled that so-called adults would be so foolish as to not realise that grease solidifies when it cools", said the Waterloo, Ontario, student. "It's basic common sense."

Despite years of campaigns by public-works departments and health organisation, cities haven't been able to stop people from pouring grease down the drain, resulting in catastrophic build-ups of sludge in sewer systems.

When poured down the drain, the fat coats the sides of the water line, gradually building up and narrowing pipes. Grease that doesn't stick to residential pipes eventually makes its way to the city sewer system, where it can accumulate to form massive blockages. Clogs have gotten so bit that workers have to use shovels to get the fat out. London officials had to excavate a 130-ton "fatberg" from the Whitechapel sewer las year. The monstrous glob was the size of 11 double decker buses and consisted mostly of grease runoff and trash.


The Fat of the Land    

The FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Management issue in commercial kitchens can be very murky for distributors to work through when specifying disposal systems in commercial kitchens. Therefore Catering Insight spoke to sector suppliers to guage their opinions on equipment guidelines, accreditations and industry engagement.

At Environmental Products and Services (EPAS), manufacturer of the GreaseShield grease trap, Sales Director Gareth O'Neill believes; "Engagement in the industry has to begin with the correct advice on the performance and sizing of grease management systems. Engagement within the industry has to demonstrate effective performance to ensure that the end users' costs and water companies FOG blockage costs are reduced".



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EPAS Win Silver at the 'Commercial Kitchen Show 2018    

We are delighted to have been Awarded Silver for the 'Innovation Challenge' at the Commerical Kitchen Show 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham for our new product - FilterShield FS1500.
We were one of only two who saw our products gain silver award recognition.

"The first of these was Environmental Products & Services’ FilterShield FS1500 food waste management unit. The drawer-type system is designed with a front-loading filter basket to fit underneath sinks, saving space. Judges felt: “This is a great, simple and effective solution which makes the best use of kitchen space.”

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Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

Gareth O'Neill - #EPAS presented with the 'Innovation Challenge' Silver Award  @comkitchenshow, judges felt the #FilterShield FS1500 was "a simple, effective, solution making best use of space within a kitchen design" #CommKitch18 #GreaseShield


Portland cooking-oil recycler, accused of wastewater discharge violations, told to pay $671K


Cooking-oil recycler Oregon Oils Inc. has been hit with $671,128 in penalties and charges by the city of Portland for alleged wastewater discharge permit violations. 

The company also faces a joint state and federal criminal investigation.  In documents released Thursday, the Bureau of Environmental Services accused the company of making fat-laden discharges that threatened to obstruct sewers and were hotter than allowed, and of repeatedly clogging a nearby pump station. 

The city also accused the company of falsifying records related to the discharges.



Embarrassing’ leak shows EU falls short of own data law


The European Commission has claimed that it is not subject to the strict new data protection law that it has imposed across Europe, following an ‘embarrassing’ leak of personal data on its website.  The revelation comes after the Daily Telegraph found the European Commission has leaked the personal details of hundreds of citizens.




Lights could go off in Northern Ireland


After economic collapse, food shortages and even Armageddon one might have thought that Brexit was running out of dire consequence. But under one contingency, Britain’s exit from the EU results in blackouts.





Worker dives into sewers of Bangladesh to unblock drains for £7.50 a day Unsettling pictures show the thankless task these men do unblocking the sewers of Dhaka - without any protective clothing or goggles.

YOU might think your job stinks but these sewer cleaners have to plunge into filthy drains with no protective gear. The Bangladeshis are paid no more than £7.50 a day to scoop out blockages from drains in the capital Dhaka.

The men who do the work aren’t even given any goggles and have to dig out the clogged-up muck with a stick or their bare hands. More than 14 million people live in the capital which has been hit by floods caused by heavy rains and an inadequate drainage system.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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. https://www.caterquotes.co.uk

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