Yorkshire Water is teaming up with supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose to encourage customers not to cause pains in the drains this Christmas.
Customers buying a pre-order turkey from the two major retailers for their Christmas roast will receive free Yorkshire Water gadgets to help collect the fat, oil and grease (FOG) the annual festive feast generates.
Pouring FOGs down the sink can result in the liquids hardening as they cool and create blockages. Last year 2,635 sewer blockages around the Yorkshire region alone were caused by these liquids, often leading to flooding inside homes and businesses.
Not only are these blockages horrible for customers, they are also expensive to clear from the Yorkshire Water network; money that could be saved on customers’ bills.
Yorkshire Water is giving away 7,700 EkoFunnels at 30 Sainsbury’s stores across the region and 1,400 Fat Traps at seven Waitrose stores to people pre-ordering their turkeys from the stores as part of the nationwide campaign. The traps and funnels can be used to collect waste FOGs for recycling or disposal via the bin.
Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, said: “We’re asking people to put our sewers on a low fat diet and think before they dispose of fat, oil and grease down the sink or through the dishwasher.
“Whilst it only takes a couple of extra seconds to get rid of products like fat by putting it in the bin, it will mean that the millions of pounds we currently spend removing these products from the sewers of Yorkshire can be invested elsewhere - improving our network and the service we offer.” (source)
Free fat traps and EkoFunnels will be available, while stocks last.
Further information about disposing of fat, oil and grease safely is available on the Yorkshire Water website