Pain in the drain

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Fat, oil and grease (FOG) poured down sinks contributes to 75 per cent of all drain and sewer blockages.

These fats and oils collect inside the sewers and over time harden to a concrete-like material and restrict the flow of wastewater in the pipes. (As shown in picture above)

These blockages can cause wastewater to back up through toilets and sinks into homes and businesses or escape through manholes into streets and rivers. 

How to prevent this

  • Pour or scrape greasy or oily food waste into a container or jar
  • Allow grease to cool in the container before throwing it in the waste bin or alternitively pop this down to your local Household recycling centre
  • Wipe and scrape utensils and plates before washing them and dispose of any waste with your household rubbish
  • Consider using a fat tray or empty container to collect excess fat and oil (remember once it solidifies it can be scrapped into your food waste bin)
  • Use strainers in the sink to collect food particles
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