‘Tis the time for indulging in turkey feasts, savoury pigs in blankets, and delectable roast potatoes! A common misconception revolves around pouring turkey fat down the drain, believing that hot water will effortlessly carry it away. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When gravy and roasting tins are emptied down the sink, the fats cling to our wastepipes. As they attach to other waste, they cause build ups and create blockages.
To avoid the inconvenience of calling an emergency plumber during the festive season, it’s crucial to follow three essential steps for the proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease.
Allow the turkey fat to cool and solidify. Once the grease has reached a cooled state, use a spatula to transfer it into a sealable container.
For smaller quantities of grease, absorb with kitchen roll or newspaper. However, for larger festive amounts, opting for a sealable container is the more sensible choice.
Toss the securely sealed container into the bin, or consult your local council for guidance on proper recycling methods.
Other recommendations include:
▪️ Wipe away leftover grease from pans before cleaning.
▪️ Freeze the oil in a freezer bag for easy disposal.
▪️ If you have large quantities of grease, contact your local council who will inform you how to dispose/recycle it properly.
Approximately 370,000 sewer blockages are reported every year in the UK, and up to 75% of these are understood to be directly caused by substances collectively referred to as fat, oil, and grease (FOG).
In essence, the holiday lesson is clear: never pour it down the drain.
Enjoy our Christmas poem about why you shouldn’t put FOG down the drain: