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Yorkshire Water is allowing landlords to dispose of waste stock free of charge and has set up a dedicated email address to help ease the process.

Dan Rowe, trade effluent manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “Pubs in our region are working hard on plans to re-open as soon as it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, for many, that means disposing of stock they are now unable to sell.

“It is important landlords with surplus stock contact Yorkshire Water before discharging it into the sewer system so we can manage the impact the disposal has on our network and treatment works. Our primary concern is protecting the environment, and it is important we understand when and where stock will be discharged to prevent any possible impact on local environments.

“We have around 4,300 pubs in our region and we’ve currently heard from just over a third to arrange for the safe disposal of products. We are working hard to provide them with details on how to dispose of stock safely.”

Landlords looking to arrange disposal of stock should contact Yorkshire Water at

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Star Pubs and Bars has announced a comprehensive re-opening package for its 2,500 pubs, ranging from health and safety guidance to easy-to-deliver food menus.

The programme includes £250,000 of safety point-of-sale material, with a free pack available to every licensee. Stars says the pckage adds to its £21 million investment in rent concessions for licensees.

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