Put your waste in the bin or, where possible, recycle oil and food waste in your doorstep food caddy collection or home composting. Don’t flush it. Thank you for helping us to Keep it Clear!
How you can help in the kitchen
Used water is the only thing you should put down your sink.
Most pipes from homes are no bigger in size than a coffee mug and easily get blocked with food waste, fats oils and grease and unflushables.
No form of kitchen appliance can chop or process food, small enough to flow safely through sewers.
Currently, 80% of sewer blockages we clear are avoidable and caused by items, like food debris that should go in the bin. Food waste in the sewers can also attract rodents and vermin.
Blocked sewers can lead to sewer flooding in homes and pollution of the local environment, which is distressing, costly to put right, and potentially devastating for wildlife and our local waterways and seas.
The best way to dispose of food waste safely and sustainably for the community and environment is collecting it together in a food caddy and/or recycle it in a specialist compost system such as a garden food digester, which takes both green waste and food (cooked food, meat and bones, and small amounts of fat).
Here are some good ways to prevent bad smells and blockages:
In the bathroom
The three ‘Ps’ (pee, poo and toilet paper) are the only things that should go down the loo.
What to do to keep it clear:
How does keeping things clear help?
We can all take action to ensure cleaned water is returned safely to rivers and seas by keeping waste out of our sinks and toilets. If we all recycle where we can and use bins for our waste, it can also save us time and money.
Keeping things clear also means we use less water and carbon in unblocking sewer pipes and pumps, – it’s all part of our overall aim to love every drop.