This Easter, people across the country will be preparing a delicious roast dinner for the family. Thousands of families will also be putting on their wellies and visiting their local beach for the fresh sea air and to walk off their dinner and maybe a few Easter eggs.
Did you know that by not cleaning up after your roast dinner properly you could be damaging the water quality at your local beach?
If you pour used cooking fat, meat juices or leftover food down the sink (even with hot water and washing up liquid) the fat soon sets hard in the cold pipes. When it mixes with other unflushable items, such as wet wipes and sanitary products, it creates what is known as a ‘fatberg’.
Recent news headlines have shown just how monstrous the fatbergs beneath our feet can become. South West Water discovered a 64 metre-long fatberg in Sidmouth, Devon, while United Utilities came across an 80 metre long fatberg beneath the streets of Liverpool. And who can forget the discovery in 2017 of the Whitechapel Fatberg weighing in at 130 tonnes and measuring 250 metres in length?
Diets and lifestyles have changed dramatically since the first sewers were built in the 19th century. As fatty and fast food consumption has increased, so has the fat in our sewers. Fatbergs clog sewerage pipes and 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.
This Easter we’re asking people to be a good egg and help keep beaches and seas clean by making sure all leftover cooking fats and oils are put in the food waste recycling or bin rather than poured down the sink.
Here’s some simple steps you can follow:
- Scrape or pour leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then recycle or bin it once cooled
- Wipe out grease left in pans with kitchen roll before washing
- Use a sink strainer to catch any greasy food scraps