How to safely dispose of surplus stock for licensed premises

If you’re a licensed premise such as a pub, restaurant or club, you probably have some unused stock to dispose of as we face another period of lockdown.

Pouring beer and cider into the sewer isn’t usually permitted (Water Industry Act 1991), so you’ll need to get permission from your local wholesaler with a temporary request to discharge.

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To request temporary discharge, please complete our application form. You’ll need some information to hand like your Supply Point Identification number (SPID) which can be found on your bill.

The form can be quite complicated, so we'd strongly recommend using our guide to avoid your application being rejected.

Once complete, please send the form to and we’ll take care of the rest.

You should not discharge surplus alcohol to the sewer without following the above steps first.

If you want to know more about what trade effluent is you can read our guide to trade effluent.