Fat, oil and grease often ends up being washed down the kitchen sink – but this can harden, blocking pipes and causing pollution.Fats and oils collect inside the sewers. Over time, they harden to a concrete-like material and restrict the flow of wastewater in the pipes.These blockages can cause wastewater to back-up through toilets and sinks into homes and businesses – or escape through manholes into streets
How to prevent fat, oils and grease blocking sewers
Our sewers are only designed to take away the three Ps – pee, poo and paper.
In the kitchen, follow our top tips to avoid fat, oil and grease building up in the sewer.
- · Use containers – butter tubs, yoghurt pots or jam jars can all be used to collect cooled fat and oil – then just put them in the bin
- · Clear your plates – scrape any leftover food or grease and fat residue from plates, pans or cooking utensils into the bin
- · Use a bin – put a bin in your bathroom for anything that isn’t pee, poo or paper
- · Bag it and bin it – use scented nappy sacks or dog poo bags for any rubbish that may cause a smell
- · Compost your food waste – collect uncooked fruit and vegetable peelings for use as compost in your garden
- · Strain it – use a sink strainer or drain protector to stop hair blocking your drain.