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Simple rules for sinks and loos at home

What not to put down you sink or loo

It's easy, put your waste in the bin or, where possible, recycle oil and food waste in your doorstep food caddy collection or home composting. Small changes in the kitchen and bathroom make a big difference.

Water is a precious resource, and we all have a part to play in the water cycle. So if we all help to keep landfill waste out of the used water system, it’s easier and cheaper for us to treat and return it back to the environment. Thank you for helping us to keep it clear.

In the kitchen

Used water is the only thing you should put down your sink.
Here are some good ways to prevent bad smells and blockages:

  • Semi solid fat wrapped in kitchen towel or newspaper or small amounts of used, cooled cooking oil soaked up in newspaper or kitchen towel go in your landfill bin (or food waste bin if permitted in your area).
    Used cooking oil, when cool, should be poured into a sealed plastic bottle and taken to your nearest household waste recycling centre for recycling. Check with your local council for details.
  • Whether they’re leftovers or peelings, food scraps should never go down the sink.
    They should be recycled or composted at home, taken to a household waste recycling centre or binned, depending on where you live.
  • Sink strainers will catch the smaller scraps that you might rinse off your plate after a meal, but can still clog your pipes.
    (Sink strainers are also good at catching hair that could otherwise block the plughole in your shower or bath.)

Fat in the sewers is pretty disgusting. If you’d like to see for yourself, just click here to watch our DVD that shows the build up of fat down a sewer.

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:

  • A bin is the best place for all your unflushable waste, so put one by the loo, so nobody’s tempted to flush.
  • Put wipes, cotton wool, floss and cotton buds in the bin.
  • Use bags or toilet paper to discreetly dispose of sanitary products waste – again, in the bin.

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.


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