It is always tempting to dispose of your kitchen waste down the sink but what is the real cost of your laziness?
It is important to remember that the food waste you put down your kitchen sink has to pass through your pipes and drains. Leaving only a matter of time before they eventually become clogged. Food waste is not only harmful because of its size but also because of the chemicals it can contain.
Below we take a look at some trash that should never go down your kitchen sink.
The shells themselves may seem harmless but when you send them down your drain they have the potential to get stuck in other substances and create a thick mess which can easily lead to a blockage.
Remember what happens when you mix flour with water? Now picture that in your kitchen drain. Your water flow is not enough to stop this sticky mess from infiltrating your drains and causing a blockage. It also has the potential to gather other debris and cause a monumental blockage.
Have you ever seen what happens when grease cools down? It builds up into a thick clumpy mess – now imagine that in your drains. If you frequently pour grease down your kitchen sink the possibility of a blockage increases substantially. To properly dispose of grease you can attach a grease trap to your sink or wait until it cools down and then put it in your rubbish bin.
Why shouldn’t milk be disposed of down the kitchen sink when it is a liquid? It is important to consider the impact milk can have on the environment rather than your drains in this instance. Milk, like all dairy products, is considered a polluting substance due to its high oxygen demands. In the United Kingdom, it is a criminal offence to dispose of dairy products down your drain.
How do you dispose of your coffee grounds? Hopefully not through your kitchen sink! Coffee grounds have the potential to stick together and cause a blockage in your kitchen sink. You can actually use coffee grounds as part of your compost for an environmentally safe option.
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