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14 December - Don't put it down the drain!

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With everyone cooking more over the festive period, we should be reminded not to put cooking oils down the drain.

Because it is heavier than water and also becomes solid when cold, it can get stuck in the pipes. This is the most common cause for blockages and as such can be a costly problem.

Even worse is that whilst it might not impact you, it can be block neighbourhood drains and major sewer backups into the waterways and streets.

This creates major environmental and public-health risks. This can include environmental damage to the water course as well as huge cost to the tax payer (click link for a disgusting picture of fat filled pipes!!).


How to bin it

The best method for disposing oil is putting it in sealable containers you can then drop it off in a local recycling center for it to be used to make alternative fuel for a diesel engine.

How to unblock it

Remember that putting chemicals down the drain just adds to the problem. A great unblocker is baking soda and white vinegar to remove oil clogs.

- Take half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drainage.

- Pour and equal amount of white vinegar into the drain.

- The mixture will fizz.

- Cover the drain to maintain the fizzing effect and leave it for 10 minutes.

- Pour a kettle of boiling hot water

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