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Barnsley loves a binner!

Stephanie Peacock MP for Barnsley East has backed our 'Yorkshire loves a binner’ campaign asking residents in our top 10 sewage blockage hotspots to bin wet wipes and sanitary items, not flush them. 

Barnsley is in our top 10 hotspots and one of the local MPs was invited to meet some engineers who look after the sewers in their constituency during one of their proactive checks of the town/areas sewers. The engineers were on the hunt for blockages caused by 'flushable' wet wipes. We are calling on customers in Barnsley to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, pointing out that even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer. Ms Peacock’s constituency covers the Barnsley wards of Cudworth, Darfield, Hoyland Milton, North East, Rockingham, Stairfoot, Wombwell and Worsbrough. 

Sewer blockages can cause homes and gardens to flood, result in nasty smells and even result in sewage entering local rivers and becks. We are called out to more than 14,000 sewer blockages every year, costing £2 million.

After the visit, Stephanie Peacock MP said: "After spending time with Yorkshire Water examining first-hand the problem of sewer blockages, it's clear how important it is to properly dispose of waste - particularly wet wipes.

"Sewer blockages are a far too frequent occurrence in Barnsley East, so much so that our constituency holds one of the highest blockage rates in the country and is often faced with internal sewer flooding and pollution to the local watercourses.

"I was also surprised to hear that wet wipes are often incorrectly labelled as 'flushable' when they do not in fact disintegrate. An industry standard to prevent misleading labels is urgently required.

"I'm supporting Yorkshire Water's 'Yorkshire loves a binner' campaign to ensure our waste and wet wipes are disposed of in the correct way."

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