Think before you pour

Pouring cooking oil and fats down the drain can cause blockages and sewer flooding to your home and garden. 

But it doesn’t stop there. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can create what is known as a ‘fatberg’ (a congealed mess of fats, oils and other ’unflushables’) which can clog up the main sewer pipes under the street that take your used water away. 

Every year there are 25,000 blockages in sewers across the North West, blockages can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches which could be avoided if FOG was disposed of correctly. 

Please help - think before you pour and you'll play a key part in helping to reduce blocked drains and sewer flooding and also avoid costly blocked drains in your own home.

Tick box Bin it
Allow oils and fats to cool after cooking and scrape them in to the bin. Never pour them down the sink as even small amounts can cause problems.
Tick box No scraps
Scrape leftover food into the bin, feed them to the birds or compost them.
Tick box

Get a strainer
Use a strainer to catch any bits and pieces of food in your sink

If you have a large quantity of used oil and fats contact your local Council for advice.

Be a kitchen hero

To raise awareness of ‘what not to pour’ we’ve teamed up with Jonny Marsh, a Michelin-star trained chef shares some of his favourite recipes and top tips to keep your drains fat-free.

Full English breakfast

Michelin Star trained chef Jonny Marsh shows you how to make this classic breakfast using just three pans to cook up the perfect fry-up! 

Download Jonny's full English breakfast recipe (PDF 327 KB opens in a new window)

Buttermilk chicken burger and chips

Michelin Star trained chef Jonny Marsh shows you how to make this quick and simple buttermilk chicken burger for a perfect tea time treat! 

Download Jonny's chicken burger and chips recipe (PDF 321 KB opens in a new window).

Don't forget to think before you flush too!

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