Lanes Group is urging caterers to dispose of fats, oil and grease responsibly this Christmas, to avoid sewers and pipes clogging up.
The firm, which specialises in sewage and drainage systems, wants the public as well as caterers to dispose of waste properly in the festive period when traditionally, the problem worsens due to an increase in waste.
Michelle Ringland, head of marketing at Lanes for Drains, said: “Christmas is a time for celebrating and enjoying festive feasts with the family, but nobody will be celebrating if the nation’s sewer system gets clogged up by beastly fatbergs in the new year.”
She added: “Pouring fatty liquids down the sink and rinsing oily pans and plates not only adds to the problem of fatbergs, but could lead to costly blockages and drainage issues in your own home or on restaurant premises. The only safe way to dispose of any food or cooking liquid is in a bin.”
In a survey of more than 1,000 people earlier this year, Lanes Group found that 47% of Britons admit to pouring FOG produced by cooking down the kitchen sink.
In spite of these habits, some 75% of people said they were either ‘quite aware’ or ‘very aware’ of the dangers of pouring FOG down the drain.
In addition to adopting more responsible kitchen habits, people are being asked to remember the simple ‘3Ps’ rule when it comes to toilets and bathrooms: the only things that are safe to flush down the loo are pee, poo and paper – anything else can lead to blockages and adds to the growing problem of fatbergs, especially the use of disposable wipes.
Read Catering Insight’s in-depth report on how catering distributors consider FOG requirements when they are specifying a commercial kitchen here: