Dispose of cooking fat responsibly

Brechiners are being encouraged to dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease responsibility during the festive season and beyond to ensure the water cycle is kept going and garden birds are fed.

With families due to sit down to festive fry-ups and Christmas dinner, Scottish Water is reminding them that cooking fats, oils and grease poured down a sink or drain can solidify over time and cause blockages in drains and sewer pipes, preventing waste water to drain away properly and causing unpleasant internal sewage flooding or environmental pollution.

To prevent this from happening families are asked to dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease responsibly by leaving them to cool and placing in a suitable container (like an empty milk carton) and then placing in the bin or recycled if possible.

Animal fats and meat juices can also harm our feathered friends and therefore such scraps should not be used to feed winter birds.

Scottish Water supports the RSPB’s advice to encourage householders to leave out leftovers such as cake and biscuit crumbs, mild grated cheese, cooked rice, uncooked porridge oats, cooked potatoes and bruised fruit. However Scottish Water is asking customers not to leave out fats from roasting tins, frying pans or pots.

Such animal fats can smear onto birds’ feathers, reducing the insulation and water-proofing. High levels of salt can also be dangerous for our feathered-friends and the incorporated meat juices can quickly turn rancid providing a breeding ground for salmonella and other such food related bacteria.

Steve Scott, community team manager for Angus­, said: “There is a misconception that sewers are vast, cavernous tunnels but in truth the majority are very narrow pipes, of no more than a few inches in diameter. It is very easy for these narrow pipelines to become blocked, causing waste water to back up and spill.”