FOG

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Don’t be a Turkey when it comes to disposing of your Fats, Oils & Greases (FOG)

With the festive season now far behind us, 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 a clog free festive season 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

top tips

Here’s a handy list of common cooking items containing FOG that should never be put down your kitchen sink or drain.

Meat fats

Lard

All cooking oils; including olive oil, sunflower oil and vegetable (rapeseed), corn oil

Butter

Ghee

Margarine/spreads

Food scraps

Sauces

Gravies

Dairy products

Dressings

Mayonnaise 

Peanut butter

Our top tips about what to do
with cooking oil and fat 

• Put a disposable container next to your kitchen sink (perhaps an empty yoghurt pot or jam jar) and pour used oil and fat into it as and when you’re washing up – NOT down the drain.

• When it’s full, seal and put in the bin, making sure the oil is cool first.

• Scrape greasy, oily pots, pans and utensils before washing them, putting any congealed fat or oily food waste in the bin.

• Use strainers in the sink to catch food waste.

Follow these simple tips and have a  FOG free sink! 

For more top tips on food recycling click here.