Yorkshire Water Helping Pubs Prepare For End Of Lockdown 3
Yorkshire Water has announced that it is reintroducing the scheme it was operating before pubs reopened in July 2020 in order to help pubs reopen their doors once lockdown 3 comes to an end.
Those in the region’s pubs and hospitality sector will be able to dispose of waste beer free of charge, while being able to seek advice on how to legally dispose of beer that will spoil during this particular lockdown period.
Trade effluent manager at the supplier Dan Rowe explained that the company is now urging those in the industry to take steps now to prepare for reopening once it is safe to do so by arranging the necessary disposals.
“It is important landlords with surplus stock contact Yorkshire Water before discharging it into the sewer system so we can manage the impact the disposal has on our network and treatment works.
“This is a particular concern in North Yorkshire where smaller towns and villages are served by smaller treatment works where a large influx of beer to the system could be damaging. Our primary concern is protecting the environment and it is important we understand when and where stock will be discharged to prevent any possible impact on local environments,” he went on to say.
HMRC recently brought in a temporary measure to help those in the sector destroy spoiled beer, cider, wine or manmade wine, aimed at brewers, cider producers, wine makers and publicans.
Under more normal circumstances, the destruction of alcohol would need to be supervised by a responsible person from the winery, cider producer or brewery but because of social distancing measures, this is hard to do at the moment.
You are now able to appoint the public or an agreed person to carry out the destruction of alcohol, without the need to have an authorised company representative present. Disposal of spoilt beer to the sewer should be considered as the last option available.
A risk assessment should show whether it’s safe to remove full containers of beer, the sewer should be avoided. Other ways to manage spoiled beer include repurposing it as an addition to animal feed (you can supply it directly to farms), or as a feed for anaerobic digestion (it can be supplied directly to anaerobic digestion plant operators).
If you find, for whatever reason, that you’re unable to repurpose your beer, you are advised to get in touch with your water company so they can tell you how to safely dispose of it into public sewers.
These temporary changes will apply as long as social distancing restrictions are in place and HMRC says publicans will be given at least 30 days’ notice before their withdrawal.
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