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Dealing with sewage

What goes down the sink and the toilet matters. Water companies spend £100 million every year clearing blockages caused by things that should never have entered the sewage system.

Water companies ask that we only flush the 3Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Products such as wet wipes, nappies and medical waste do not break down in water the way that toilet paper does.

Such waste can cause huge blockages in our pipes. Blockages can lead to sewer flooding and even pollution into the environment. The plastics in these products can stay in ecosystems for an extremely long time, damaging the environment.

It is also vital that we are considerate around what goes down our sinks. Tipping cooking fats, gravy and other leftovers down the plughole can create real issues in your own drains as well as public sewers.

Pouring boiling water down the sink to dissolve fat and grease doesn’t work.

You should always allow fat to cool and solidify before throwing it away, or reusing it for future cooking.