Cook, cool and #BinIt4Beaches this Christmas

This Christmas millions of people will be preparing a traditional roast dinner and other festive food for friends and family.

Like us, I’m sure you’ll agree that the best part of a festive meal is the washing up. No? Maybe that’s just us then …!

Much time and effort goes into preparing, cooking and eating a 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 after overindulging, how many of us will take a shortcut and pour leftover fat, oil or grease down the kitchen sink?

This Christmas LOVEmyBEACH is supporting #BinIt4Beaches and #LoveWater by reminding people of the impact of fats, oils and grease going down the sink instead of into the proper bin and how easy it is to avoid this.

Pouring waste liquids down the sink may seem like the obvious way to dispose of them, but tipping leftover fat, meat juices and food scraps down the sink could be harmful to 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 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.

Did you know that before the 1950s, turkeys were considered a luxury? Since then refrigerators became more common place and turkeys more widely available. The majority of families now serve up a succulent roast turkey as the centrepiece for Christmas dinner. 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!

But avoiding a festive fatberg this Christmas is really simple and need not take up much time with these easy steps:

  1. Scrape or pour leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container then it can be reused or 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

Many partners will be helping to spread good cheer for the environment this Christmas and promoting these steps through their social media channels over the festive period. One of those partners is Sainsbury’s and from 16 December will be displaying in-store information cards next to their Christmas produce promoting these steps.

So, please spend a few minutes longer cleaning the dishes and help ensure the environment is left a healthier place for everyone to enjoy in 2020 and beyond!

And what better way to walk off the Christmas dinner than taking a stroll along your local beach?!