Do you pour fats down the kitchen
TODAY is the launch of
the “Think Before You Pour” Christmas campaign which
is run by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish
Water. The campaign is urging the people of
Inishowen not to pour fats, oils and greases (FOGs)
from the Christmas turkey roast down the kitchen
A recent survey reveals that 58% of the public pour
FOGs down the sink. FOGs seem like liquid when
poured but, once they cool along the pipes, they can
cause blockages in the public sewer network,
wastewater treatment plants and can even lead to
overflows of sewage that can damage the environment.
When FOGs combine with wipes and other sanitary
items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet,
fatbergs can form. Irish Water cleared thousands of
fatbergs from the wastewater network this year.
“Think Before You Pour” Christmas
campaign. Pictured L-R Gavin Nugent, Irish Water and
Elaine Doyle, Clean Coasts.
Speaking about the
campaign Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water said, “We
have cleared almost 8,000 reported sewer blockages
already this year caused by FOGs being poured down
the kitchen sink combined with inappropriate items
such as baby wipes being flushed down the toilet."
“Our message is simple. This Christmas we want to
remind the public not to use their kitchen sink as a
bin. ‘Think before you pour’ and use a GunkPot or a
similar container to collect FOGs and help to
prevent pipe blockages and protect the marine
Speaking about the campaign, Sinead McCoy, Clean
Coasts said, “Clean Coasts are delighted to launch
the Christmas Think Before You Pour campaign in
partnership with Irish Water. With sustainability
being one of the key talking points this year, you
too can play your part to help the environment by
thinking before pouring this Christmas”.