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Keep turkey fat from drains plea

Fat poured down the sink solidifies and can cause blockages

Londoners have been urged not to pour turkey fat down their drains this Christmas to avoid blockages.

Thames Water said 500 tonnes of turkey fat are poured down drains during the festive season, when up to 25% more fat, oil and grease is put down there.

When fat is poured down the sink it quickly cools in the sewer before solidifying and causing blockages.

The water firm recommended disposing of anything that could block drains by putting it in a plastic bag in the bin.

Fat and grease causes more than half the 60,000 blockages each year within the Thames Water region, spokesman Rob Smith said.

"Everyone forgets that the sewers are only meant to take away water, toilet tissue and human waste," he said.

"Anything else - including fat and grease, and even items that are marketed as 'flushable' - can put your pipes at risk of nasty blockages, as they won't dissolve."

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