A Cornish brewery is one of the 1,300 businesses to work with South West Water to tackle sewage blockages.

St Austell Brewery, housing over 180 pubs in the region, is pledging to prevent fats, oils, and greases from entering the sewage system.

Head of Property at St Austell Brewery, Patrick Gribbin said: "We’re committed to running a sustainable operation, and that’s why we’ve contacted South West Water and invited them to review our kitchens to recommend any further actions we can take."

The campaign is in response to rising incidents of blockages caused by fats, oils, and greases combining with wet wipes, concerning South West Water, accounting for an alarming 20 per cent of blockages.

These issues contribute significantly to both internal and external flooding.

Andrew Blake, Project Manager at South West Water explained the urgent need to instil change.

Mr Blake said: "Christmas is just around the corner and around 10 million turkeys are consumed each year in the UK at this time.

"This causes serious issues in our sewers and it’s vital we work with everyone in the region to change their behaviour when it comes to what we put down the drain."

Visitations from Environmental Compliance and Services (ECAS) are advising businesses on appropriate disposal methods to prevent such blockages.

Marc Downes, Operational Performance Manager at ECAS said: "We know the average pub restaurant might generate around 1,750 litres of fats, oils and greases yearly.

"That’s why we’re so encouraged by responsible food businesses, like St Austell Brewery, who care about their impact on the environment."