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Don’t be a Turkey when it comes to disposing of your Fats, Oils & Greases, otherwise known as FOG

The Litter Free Coast & Sea FOG squad are busting a few common food myths about the disposal of FOG (fats, oils and grease).

One way to ensure clog free sinks and drains is by properly disposing of all fats, oils and grease after cooking your meal. Pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen sink can cause drain and sewer clogs that will block the flow of waste water from your home to the sewage treatment works. If clogs occur, this yukky waste water can overflow into your home, garden, street or road and into local waterways. A sure-fire way to spoil any occasion.

myth 1

You can pour the contents of your turkey roasting tin down the sink

No. Turkey drippings are primarily fat, so rinsing a panful down the sink is sure to lead to a clogged pipe. Depending on the state of your plumbing, one pan of turkey grease might be all that’s needed to completely clog your drain pipe. Instead of rinsing it down the sink, try using the juices and all those tasty bits of meat by turning it into a gravy. Reduce and then pour any remaining FOG you into your fat tin, bowl or gunk pot. Cool and then pop it into your waste bin.

myth 2

Rinsing butter or cream won’t cause an issue

Wrong. That delicious whipped cream and melted butter should not be rinsed and sloshed down your sink. They will quickly solidify in your drain pipe and sewer feed, which make a blockage much more likely. Wipe the bowls out before rinsing them.

myth 3

Oil from frying is safe to rinse down the sink

No way. Although rinsing oil down the sink can be tempting – don’t do it. It will damage your plumbing but can easily lead to a sewer overflow over time. Responsibly dispose of it by using a t sealed container and then bin it or place it in a leak-proof container and recycle it at your local HOUSEHOLD CENTRE