We all love a proper Christmas dinner with turkey, roast potatoes and all the trimmings! But did you know that you can help our coastline from the comfort of your kitchen this festive season?
We’re asking everyone to do their bit to keep the beaches clean this Christmas by binning their used cooking fats and oil rather than pouring them down the sink.
If you pour leftover fat from cooking down the sink, even with hot water and washing up liquid, it sets hard in the cold pipes and mixes with other unmentionables flushed down the loo, like wet wipes and sanitary products.
As well as causing problems at home, clogged sewer pipes that take waste water away can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches. Yuk!
Each household pours around 14lbs of cooking fats, oils and grease down the sink every year – that’s equivalent to 25 packs of butter! Clearing a blocked drain at your house could cost at least £60 but could be much more. United Utilities attends a blocked drain every 15 minutes.
Protecting our waste pipes from getting blocked and polluting our rivers and seas means everyone doing their bit to help keep them clear.
LOVEmyBEACH, the North West campaign for cleaner beaches and seas has some top tips to avoid blockages:
- Scrape leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then recycle or bin it when cooled
- Wipe out grease left in pans with kitchen roll and bin it
- Use a sink strainer to catch food scraps and bin
- For larger quantities of cooking oils, contact your local council who’ll let you know if and where they can be recycled
Morecambe Bay and Cumbria LOVEmyBEACH officer Hannah Barnes said,
“Everyone loves the beach and wants to help keep them clean, but most people don’t know they can help do this from their home by binning used cooking fats and keeping the pipes clear. Even if you can’t come out on a beach clean you can do this small action that will make a big difference, so please #binit4beaches this Christmas!”