Unblocktober: How NOT to dispose of household waste

By 30th September 2019 Events

October is just around the corner, and with it comes a new initiative to do with common household waste: Unblocktober. This is a month-long, nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the health of our sewers, drainage systems and – ultimately – our seas. And it all starts at home.

What is Unblocktober about?

We all throw household waste down the drain, whether it’s in the toilet or the kitchen sink. However, many of the things we flush away cause problems further down the line, in the form of blocked pipes and sewers, ‘fatbergs’ (large masses of solidified fat and grease) and harmful plastics and pollution in our rivers and seas. Disposing of waste down the drain can also lead to local problems, like blockages on your property or in your neighbourhood – so whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or tenant, the lessons of Unblocktober can help you to better maintain your property, as well as take care of the drainage system nationwide.

What can I do?

The main goal of Unblocktober is to pay attention to what you flush away, and to avoid putting anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there. Here is a list of common household items that should not go down the drain:

  • Fats (including cooking oil, butter, margarine, lard)
  • Food (including crumbs and sauces)
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappies
  • Period products (tampons, pads, applicators and wrappers)
  • Condoms
  • Cotton buds
  • Contact lenses
  • Bandages and plasters
  • Floss
  • Razor blades

How can I dispose of these things?

Most of the items mentioned above are better off in the bin – proper disposal will ease the strain on the UK’s sewer systems (and your own household pipes), and save on costly and time-consuming repairs. Fats and oils can be left to cool and solidify before being thrown away. Food waste should be scraped into the bin before washing up, or you can use a strainer in your plug hole to catch the last of the crumbs. As for the sanitary and personal hygiene products, there are many eco-friendly (and sometimes flushable) alternatives that you could try instead. For more information, and to sign up for the free resource pack, check out the Unblocktober website.

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Image sources:
Washing up photo by Catt Liu on Unsplash

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