Severn Trent and McDonald's join forces to reduce FOG in sewers
Severn Trent Water (STW) is working with food chain McDonald's to as part of a drive to minimise blockages in sewers and drains across the Midlands. The company has helped McDonald's set up an awareness raising programme for a pilot group of managers on how to dispose of fats and oils (FOG) from cooking, and understand the environmental benefits of looking after their pipes and local sewers.
STW is also supporting McDonald's with regular maintenance of the sewer pipes near to the restaurants.
James Jesic, Severn Trent Water head of operations, said: “We’re really pleased that McDonald’s has agreed to work with us on reducing sewer blockages. McDonald’s strives to reduce the impact its restaurants have on the environment, so this was something they were really keen to do with us. The response from their staff has been great; they’re so keen to learn about how they can play a key part in reducing sewer blockages and improving their local environment."
Jesic said: "By working with a company like McDonald’s, who take their environmental responsibility so seriously, together we’ll be able to make a significant difference to the number of blockages which are caused by fats, oils and greases. This in turn will serve as role model behaviour to other companies. We’re also using it as an opportunity to talk to them about how they can become more efficient with the amount of water they use."
Sarah McLean, managing director of 12 restaurants in the Midlands area, said: “This collaborative approach on behalf of Severn Trent Water with my management teams has been a positive experience in ensuring we work in a proactive way to operating the restaurants. It is an important aspect of our overall due diligence in providing a service to our customers and employing large numbers of staff that my team acts responsibly to protect the environment and sets the example."
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