The average household puts over a litre of kitchen fat, oil and grease down the sink every year – that’s the same as 8 cups of tea sitting in your sewer pipes, which could cause a blockage. ​

Reuse and recycle

To protect your pipes and avoid costly blockages in your home, why not reuse and recycle your leftover kitchen fat, oil and grease by:

  • Simply leave your leftover cooking oil to cool down, pour into a container and re-use.
  • Oil can also be frozen so why not grab a spare ice cube tray and store the left-over oil in your freezer.
  • Save and use to help add flavour to crispy roast potatoes, soups or gravy.
  • You can also take it to your local oil recycling point to be transformed into energy.
  • Or you can simply wait for it to cool and scrape it into your bin at home.

Love your leftovers

Leftover food can also contribute to a potential blockage in your pipes, so remember to always scrape your plates into the bin before loading them into your dishwasher or handwashing them. A sink strainer can also help stop any food waste accidently going down your sink.


Top tip: Home composting is a great way to breathe a second life into your food waste and it’s great for your garden soil. Find out more about harnessing the power of natural fertilisers for free.


Network protection

By working together, we can keep the sewer pipes clear and prevent blockages. In fact, we remove over 500 tonnes of fat, oil and grease from our sewer network every year – both from food service establishments and customer homes. Explore more about how we’re reducing the risk of blockages in our communities.