When we stay at our cottage I am careful about water use because
we have a water cistern with a limited supply . I am also
extremely wary about what I put down the drain because of a septic system. Country ways don't relate to my city life quite as much
and I am guilty of running water unnecessarily.
The other day I was cooking ground lamb for a shepherd's pie and always drain the fat into a container - saving my drain system, absolutely, but saving it for roasting potatoes is my goal. Stir
fried vegetables get drained in a bowl cradled by paper towels ,
again, environmentally friendly, but draining the extra oil off so it doesn't get added to MY personal system.
Yorkshire , England, an area close to my heart, has just come up
with a unique way at Christmas to stop people throwing oil and fat down the drain slowing down systems and causing problems.
Yorkshire Water is teaming up with major supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose to encourage customers not to cause pains in the
drains this Christmas.
Customers buying a pre-order turkey from the two major retailers
for their Christmas roast will receive free Yorkshire Water gadgets to help collect the fat, oil and grease (FOG) the annual festive feast generates.
Pouring FOGs down the sink can result in the liquids hardening as they cool and create blockages. Last year 2,635 sewer blockages
around the Yorkshire region alone were caused by these liquids, often leading to flooding inside homes and businesses.
Not only are these blockages horrible for customers, they are also expensive to clear from the Yorkshire Water network; money that
could be saved on customers’ bills.
Yorkshire Water is giving away 7,700 EkoFunnels at 30 Sainsbury’s stores across the region and 1,400 Fat Traps at seven Waitrose
stores to people pre-ordering their turkeys from the stores as
part of the nationwide campaign. The traps and funnels can be used to collect waste FOGs for recycling or disposal via the bin.
Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, said: “We’re asking people to put our sewers on a low fat diet and think before they dispose of fat, oil and grease down the sink or through the dishwasher.
“Whilst it only takes a couple of extra seconds to get rid of
products like fat by putting it in the bin, it will mean that the millions of pounds we currently spend removing these products from the sewers of Yorkshire can be invested elsewhere - improving our network and the service we offer.”
Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability for Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re
proud to be distributing over 7,700 EkoFunnels at our stores in
Yorkshire this year. As well as keeping Britain’s waste water
network flowing, the cooking oil and fat captured from your roast this Christmas could be turned into bio-fuel to power vehicles.”
Quentin Clark, Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and Ethical
Sourcing, added: “Fat in the sewers is a big problem, particularly at this time of year. Here at Waitrose, we are committed to
supporting local communities and helping to reduce this problem
across the country.
“By encouraging our customers to use our free fat-traps, we can
dramatically cut the percentage of damage caused to drains by fat, oil and grease.”
Business In The Community trialled the initiative with customers
in London last year before helping to spread it other parts of the country, including Yorkshire, this Christmas.