Why you shouldn't put cooking fat down the sink this Easter
This Easter, thousands of people 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 a breath of fresh air.
But did you know that by not cleaning up after your roast dinner properly, you could be polluting our oceans?
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, like wet wipes and sanitary products, it creates what is known as a fatberg.
Fatbergs then clog 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 across the UK to help keep our beaches and seas clean by making sure all their leftover cooking fats and oils are put in the bin rather than poured down the sink.
Here are 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
The 2017 Great British Beach Clean weekend found over 18,050 unflushable items littering our beaches, including cotton bud sticks, wet wipes and sanitary towels.
They often end up in the beach as a result of blockages and floods, created by these items mixing up with fats, oils and greases. They are adding to the ever increasing amount of plastic pollution found in our seas, which is not only unpleasant for beach users but can also be mistaken for food by marine wildlife.
But there’s something we can all do about it! Join the fight against the unflushables and help protect our oceans by sharing our page.
Actions you can take
Did you know?…
To date, our beach cleans have removed 6 million pieces of litter
Every day millions of microplastics enter the sea from personal care products such as scrubs and toothpastes
MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters