The Welsh Water team has found a huge range of colourful objects in our network, including mobile phones, teddy bears, toothbrushes, spanners, and dozens of goldfish. However, the biggest problems are caused by the build up of everyday items like wipes, cotton buds, and quilted toilet paper; fat, oil and grease.

Let’s stop throwing and pouring things like this away.

Here are our tips for helping to Stop the Block in your home:

In your Bathroom:

  • Just flush paper: you should really only ever flush away ordinary loo roll and natural waste away.
  • Ignore misleading packages and adverts: These suggest that it’s possible to flush items like wipes away. It is – in a way. They will disappear round your U-bend but may end up causing a big blockage down the line.
  • Bin it: Put items like cotton buds and balls in the bin, not down the toilet.
  • Bag it, then bin it: Pop items like nappies, tampons and sanitary pads in a little plastic bag, then in the bin. Buy scented bags to prevent unpleasant odours in your home.
  • Be safe: Please don’t flush away items like razors and medication – dispose of them safely.
  • Create less waste in the first place: Ditch the cleansing wipes for a washable muslin; the cotton buds for reusable applicators; and think about using real nappies – or recycling nappies if your local authority offers this fantastic service.

In your Kitchen:

  • Don’t pour fat, oil or grease down the sink
  • Throw it away: Pour cooled fat into a suitable container, leave to harden, then scoop out and throw away with your regular food waste.
  • Re-use it: Leave the fat to cool and filter through kitchen towel or muslin into a suitable container. The hardened fat can be kept in the fridge or even frozen until needed. Ideal for frying eggs!
  • Take it to your local household waste recycling centre: Many local authorities now make provision at these sites for the safe disposal of household fat. Check your local authority website for details.
  • Reduce the amount of fat you use in the first place: It’s surprising how much fat you use during cooking without realising. Start measuring the amount of oil you use or use an oil spray.

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