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Dewsbury loves a binner!

Paula Sherriff MP for Dewsbury has backed our ‘Be a binner’ campaign asking residents in the top 10 sewage blockage hotspots to bin wet wipes and sanitary items, not flush them. 

Dewsbury is in our top 10 hotspots and the local MP was invited to meet some engineers who look after the sewers in their constituency during one of their proactive checks of the area’s sewers. The engineers were on the hunt for blockages caused by flushable wet wipes.

We are calling on customers in Dewsbury to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer like standard toiler paper. 

Sewer blockages can cause homes and gardens to flood, 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, Paula Sherriff MP said: “It was good to meet the engineers who work hard to clean out blockages and prevent flooding and pollution. It was surprising to see first-hand the problems caused by flushing wipes - even those labelled as flushable.

The work of the engineers is commendable, but it's a task that can easily be prevented by binning, not flushing wipes and sanitary items. The cost of blockages pushes up bills - so we can all save money by remembering to 'Be a binner'."

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