You better watch out, you better not pour oil down the sink

by Helena Morgan
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An act often conducted absent-mindedly during the frenzied post-feast clean-up at Christmas is actually rife with hazardous and costly implications.

Although those adopting the post of dish pig at Christmas lunch and dinner may see pouring the remnants of cooking oil down the sink as a seemingly quick fix and convenient method of oil disposal, CEO of home and care experts Paving Shopper Steven Bell implores them to refrain from doing so.

“We need to remain vigilant about our household practices in the festive season,” says Bell.

A clogged and costly Christmas

Disposing of oil down a sink in a household or facility directly leads to clogged pipes, which, to repair, can cost anywhere from $130 to $900 depending on the severity of the clog – a financial strain not conducive to the joy and celebration of the festive season. Grease and oil accumulation also attracts pests.

Additionally, cooking oil results in major blockages in public sewer systems, an act that not only damages local ecology, but also carries fines depending on local council regulations. 

For households and kitchens with septic systems, irresponsible oil disposal interferes with the system’s balance and can cause malfunctions or damages. 

Ongoing disrespect towards plumbing systems via irresponsible oil disposal also fast tracks the process of inevitable wear and tear and leads to hefty financial costs. 

“By disposing of cooking oil responsibly, you can avoid unexpected costs and contribute to the well-being of your community’s environmental health,” concludes Bell. 

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