Clean Coasts and Irish Water ask the people of Tipperary not to pour fats, oils and greases down the drain

Clean Coasts and Irish Water have launched their “Think Before You Pour” Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the damage caused by pouring fats, oils and greases from the roast turkey Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink.

Fats, oils and greases (FOGs) may seem like liquid when poured but once they reach the pipes they cool and can cause blockages in the sewer pipes in homes, businesses, the public sewer network, wastewater treatment plants and ultimately damage the environment. When FOGs combine with wipes and other sanitary items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, fatbergs can form.

Clean Coasts and Irish Water ask the people of Tipperary not to pour fats, oils and greases down the drainThere have been more than 6,000 sewer blockages in the public sewer network so far this year caused by FOGs being poured down the sink and wipes and other inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet.

Speaking about the campaign Margaret Attridge, Regional Operations Manager, Irish Water said, “The size and scale of the task of keeping the sewer network flowing is substantial. So far this year we have cleared more than 6,000 blockages from the sewer network across the country and many of these were avoidable. That’s why raising awareness of the issue through this Christmas campaign is so important.” She added, “Our message is simple. This Christmas we want to remind the public that small changes in our kitchens can help. We’re asking public to “think before you pour” fats, oils and greases down the sink. It only takes an extra couple of seconds to safely dispose of products like fat by putting them in the bin.

Clean Coasts and Irish Water ask the people of Tipperary not to pour fats, oils and greases down the drainSpeaking about the campaign, Sinead McCoy, Clean Coasts said “Clean Coasts are excited to launch the Think Before You Pour animation for the festive season. Fats, oils and grease can cause blockage in the wastewater treatment system that allow untreated water to impact our precious marine environment. Think Before You Pour is a simple campaign to tackle this issue fats, oil and grease cause when they are poured down the drain. This Christmas remember to Think, and instead of pouring fat from your turkey down the sink, pour your fats, oil and grease into a container, allow to cool, and throw them in the bin.”

To find out more about the Think Before You Pour campaign please visit http://thinkbeforeyouflush.org/think-before-you-pour/

Gunkpot Give Away
Keeping a container in the kitchen, such as the reusable silicone ‘GunkPot’, can be useful to collect cooled waste fats, oils and greases. When these items have hardened they can be disposed of in the bin. Running a hot water tap and using washing up liquid is not the solution as grease and hot water eventually cool down in pipes and can cause blockages homes, businesses and the sewer network.

As part of the Think Before You Pour Christmas campaign, we are offering a free GunkPot to the first 250 people who apply before Wednesday, December 19th. To get your GunkPot before Christmas Day, go to www.water.ie/thinkbeforeyoupour follow the link on the page and fill in your details. #thinkb4upour


More information

Think Before You Pour is a core element of the Think Before You Flush Campaign. The campaign is operated by Clean Coasts (An Taisce) in partnership with Irish Water.Think Before You Flush is a public awareness campaign about the problems sanitary products and other items can cause in the plumbing in our homes, our wastewater network and our marine environment when they are flushed down the toilet.

TBYF is about changing people’s flushing behaviour – like never using the toilet to dispose of items such as nappies / wet wipes / cotton bud sticks / food / plasters etc. Having a bin in the bathroom can help.

Think Before You Pour focuses on raising awareness of the issues caused by pouring fats, oils and greases down the drain and provides advice on how to dispose of these correctly.

Get your free Gunkpot
The GunkPot is a reusable silicone container used to collect cooled cooking fats, oils and grease from roasting trays, pans and plates. Once hardened, the contents can be thrown into the correct bin and the GunkPot wiped clean, ready for reuse.

Using a GunkPot or a similar container such as an empty egg carton or yogurt pot can help prevent pipe blockages and protect the marine environment.

Other advice to prevent blockages in the sewer network include using a sink strainer in the kitchen plughole to stop food going down the drain and scraping vegetable peelings, rice, pasta and food debris directly into the bin.

As part of the Think Before You Pour campaign, Irish Water is offering a free GunkPot to the first 250 people who apply before Wednesday, December 19th. To receive in time for Christmas, go to www.water.ie/thinkbeforeyoupour, follow the link on the page and fill in your details.

For more tips and information, go to www.water.ie/thinkbeforeyoupour #thinkb4upour

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