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News Centre > Monday 16 December 2019

Guernsey Water launches 'Clean up Christmas' campaign: Official advice on disposing of cooking oils, fats and grease

Clean up Christmas

Guernsey Water has announced the launch of its first ever 'Clean up Christmas' campaign. The campaign is being launched to help advise Islanders on the best way to dispose of their cooking oils, fats and grease, build ups of which can cause multiple problems for Guernsey's wastewater network as well as increase associated pollution.

Jon Holt, Guernsey Water's Operations Manager, commented, 'Putting fat, oil and grease down your sink and into the Island's wastewater network means there is a build-up of congealing fats within the pipes and pumps. This results in restricted flows and increases the risk of flooding and associated pollution. We want to remind people during the festive season that there are much better ways to dispose of your fats, oils and grease, whilst also safeguarding the network.'

He continued, 'The wastewater network includes all the pipes and pumps which remove used water and sewage from all properties on the Island. This includes anything that goes down your drains or in the toilet. By keeping our drains clear we can ensure a better service for everyone on the Island, reducing the need for repair works, the risk of blockages and floods, and ultimately providing a more efficient service with fewer disruptions.'

Guernsey Water's official guidelines and top tips for households include:

Oil in small quantities: Wipe out pans with a small amount of kitchen paper and place in your black food waste caddy; a small amount of food contaminated kitchen paper is acceptable in your caddy.

Roasting juices: Carefully pour these into a cup or pot, once solidified and cool, remove them from the pot or cup and place in your black food waste caddy.

Other solid fats: This includes items such as butter, goose or duck fat but no liquid oils or fats. Once cooled and solidified these should be placed in your black food waste caddy.

Large quantities of vegetable oil, such as those from deep fat fryers, should be cooled and taken to the Longue Hougue Household Waste and Recycling Centre, where it will be sent to the UK and recycled into biofuel. For commercial quantities please contact Waste Oil Recycling on 01481 241133 to arrange collection for a small charge.

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