Bacterial remediation expert, Environmental Biotech, has been instrumental in helping Asda Supermarket in its efforts to stop used fats, oils and grease (FOG) blocking sewers across the UK. In doing so, Environmental Biotech has helped Asda attain the first ever Green Ladle Award, a new recognition for environmental champions.
Developed in association with Anglian Water with support from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the acknowledgment is a result of Asda’s work with Environmental Biotech, Anglian Water and Chelmsford Borough Council in ensuring best practice for the disposal of FOG. Since initial trials the system has been rolled out to all of Asda’s 359 stores.
Environmental Biotech uses specially grown live vegetative bacteria to digest the fat that coagulates and blocks drains causing floods and hygiene problems for commercial premises and householders and affects the sewer networks essential to public health. Environmental Biotech is working nation wide with local authorities to remedy the problem.
Alongside environmental health concerns, financial considerations are also important; at any one time, 10% of the sewer network is clogged with FOG. Jetting out these sewers costs £5million a year in the Anglian Water region alone. Reducing these overheads helps keep council tax bills down.
Aziz Tejpar, Chief Executive of Environmental Biotech, said: “We work closely with Anglian Water to reduce the health risks of blocked drains caused by the build up of FOG. Education and awareness campaigns are vital to reduce the enormous costs of blockages. The first presentation to ASDA of the Green Ladle Award recognises their preventive maintenance policy that includes the Environmental Biotech system to ensure first class hygiene for their own premises and to protect the communities which they serve."