https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/12/19/dont-let-your-cooking-be-a-recipe-for-disaster-this-christmas/

Don't let your cooking be a recipe for disaster this Christmas!

This Christmas millions of people will be preparing a traditional roast dinner for the family.

Much time and effort goes into preparing and cooking the roast dinner, but there’s not many of us who like to spend much time clearing up afterwards. In a bid to make light work of the dishes, how many of us will pour leftover fat, oil or grease down the kitchen sink?

Pouring waste liquids down the sink may seem like the obvious way to dispose of them, but did you know that pouring leftover fat, meat juices and food scraps down the sink could harm the environment? Even if you pour hot water and washing up liquid in afterwards, fats, oils and grease can quickly set hard in cold pipes and when mixed with other unflushable items such as wet wipes and sanitary products, can create a Fatberg.

When Fatbergs form in the sewerage pipes they can stop the waste water reaching the treatment works as intended. This means the risk of sewage spilling out into homes, streets, rivers and seas is substantially increased.

Last Christmas the UK consumed around 10 million turkeys and it’s estimated that for every 1 million turkeys cooked, around 250 tonnes of fats and oils could find their way into drains. That’s as much as 40 elephants heading down our sewers.

 

Please follow these three easy steps to help avoid a festive fatberg this Christmas:

  1. Scrape or pour leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then bin it once cooled
  2. Wipe out grease left in pans with kitchen roll before washing
  3. Use a sink strainer to catch any greasy food scraps

Spending a few minutes longer cleaning the dishes can give the gift of clean rivers and seas for 2019 and beyond.

Cook, cool and #binit4beaches this Christmas and ensure the environment is left a healthier place for everyone to enjoy. And what better way to walk off the Christmas dinner than taking a stroll along your local beach.

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