A HIT-squad has arrived on the Fylde coast in a bid to clean up the resort’s fat-clogged drains following a series of floods and warnings over the cleanliness of Blackpool’s bathing water.
There have been 25 floods in Blackpool since April – including a flooded takeaway on Dickson Road last week – as a result of water backed up in drains blocked by oil and fat.
Now staff from United Utilities are taking urgent action to prevent more waste being poured down the drain through their Think Before You Pour campaign.
The team is advising businesses on how best to dispose of their oil, fat, grease and scraps, to stop sewage coming back up through drains and polluting the sea. Staff say following the advice will not only help the environment, ensuring seawater at Blackpool beach is clean, but also benefit businesses financially.
The Cottage Chippy, on Newhouse Road, Marton is already reaping the rewards of ethical and environmentally friendly disposal of waste.
Sue Cheetham, manager of the fish and chip shop, said: “It’s really to help the environment and help the business. It’s saving money.”
The chippy gives its used palm oil to a disposal company to recycle for free in return for the company taking away leftover scraps for free – a service which would normally cost the business.
United Utilities staff are visiting businesses in Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes to advise them on companies which dispose of waste.
They are also asking people to put waste in sealed, secure containers and collected by a registered waste carrier, rather than being poured away.
Blackpool Council has reported 80 blockages caused by build ups, which have led to 25 floods since April.
Lee Bryce, United Utilities bathing waters manager, said: “This is an example of us taking action to help the resort reach new standards. There are many factors which lead to sea pollution and flooding like this is one piece of a complex jigsaw.”