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Do you pour fats down the kitchen sink? 17.12.19

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 sink.
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 environment.”
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”.
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