Clean Coasts and Irish Water are asking the people of Donegal not to let their festive cooking become a pain in the drain this Christmas.
The “Think Before You Pour” campaign has been launched 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.
There 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 Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water said: “Our message is simple. This Christmas we want to remind the public that small changes in our kitchens can help. We’re asking the 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.”
To find out more about the Think Before You Pour campaign please visit http://thinkbeforeyouflush.