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News Centre > Tuesday 21 December 2021

Guernsey Water reminds Islanders to dispose of cooking oils and fats in food bins this Christmas

Clean up Christmas

Guernsey Water is reminding people to dispose of their cooking fats in the food caddy bins and not the sink, to help avoid water pollution and flooding.

Incorrectly disposing of cooking oils, fats or grease into drains can cause multiple problems for Guernsey's wastewater network as well as increase associated pollution. The build up of fat, oils and grease from the wastewater network can cause blockages overtime.

Jon Holt, Guernsey Water's Operations Manager, said: 'It's still essential that we remind Islanders again that responsible ways of disposing of cooking by-products, commonly used in Christmas cooking.'

'Some people may think disposing of oils down the sink is a quick fix, but the long-term implications of floods due to blocked drains are far more costly and time consuming for everyone. The aftermath of incorrectly disposing of fatty waste items is an issue that no one wants - especially over the festive season. By keeping drains clear we can ensure a better service, reducing the need for repair works, the risk of blockages and floods, and ultimately providing a more efficient service to everyone with fewer disruptions.'

Guernsey Water's guidelines for disposing fats and oils are:

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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