Oil Doesn’t Make Everything Run Smoothly

It's a no brainer, use a container

Did you know?

It is an offence under the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 to dispose of fat, grease or oil down your sink

Fat, oil and grease in liquid form may not appear to be harmful as they don’t get stuck in the plughole, but as they cool they congeal, harden and stick to the inside of drains and sewers, which can cause drains to block, flooding you and your neighbours.

All fats are equal. Whether it is saturated fat (like lard), mono-unsaturated fat (like olive oil) or vegetable oil - they all congeal and harden.

Your Kitchen Checklist:

  1. Fat, oil and grease - leave to cool/harden in a container and then scrape into your food waste recycling or put them in the bin
  2. Give plates, pots, utensils and containers a quick scrape or wipe with some kitchen towel before washing and use a sink strainer in the plughole to catch any bits of leftover food going down the sink
  3. Believe it or not soup, stocks, sauces and milk products all contain fat, which can also congeal and harden in your drains - leave these to cool/harden, scrape into a container and then scrape into your food waste recycling or put them in the bin
  4. Peelings - put any waste food and peelings into your food waste recycling or put them in the bin

Please check with your local Council/waste contractor for info on how to dispose of used fat, oil and grease and food recycling in your area.

Don't put down the sink