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We spend £7million a year of customers’ money clearing the sewer network of avoidable blockages from items such as fats, oils and grease, sanitary products including wipes, that people put down their sinks and loos instead of in the bin, money that could be better spent improving the service we provide to you.
It’s about everybody thinking and acting differently towards what they put down sinks and loos. Together we can make a big difference to reduce pollution incidents and sewer flooding in our own neighbourhoods.
Clearing items like sanitary waste, wipes, fat, oil and grease together with food waste and dealing with the avoidable blockages and sewer flooding they cause, costs £7million a year. Landfill charges as a result of clearing the waste from these blockages costs approximately £1million a year.
Helping to prevent blockages will not lead to an instant reduction in your bill. However, keeping down repairing and cleaning up costs after avoidable blockages will make a difference in the long run.
Anglian Water sewers are designed (to agreed National Standards) to transport foul sewage and storm water only. Sewers are not built to transport and collect general house hold rubbish, food waste, nappies and sanitary products. The local council bin collection service or used cooking oil collection points are the correct delivery routes for this type of waste.
These items are at no greater risk of causing a health hazard than other types of waste that is put into the outside bin. If properly sealed in a bag there should be no risk to health. This is similar to how many people dispose of used disposable nappies.
Used fats and oils can be collected in the kitchen using a sealable container. If deposited in a recycling collection point for used cooking oil, this can be converted into renewable energy. Check disposal details with your local council. We can all do our bit by thinking about what and how much we buy in the first place, and reducing the amount we waste.
Even products marked 'flushable' do not break down in the sewer like toilet paper. Flushing them could block your toilets and drains. All used wipes and sanitary products should be put in the bin.
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