Unblocktober 2021 Aims to Change Disposal Habits

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Unblocktober 2021 aims to change disposal habits to prevent fatbergs and ocean pollution from fats, oils and grease.

Unblocktober 2021 starts October 1st! Since 2019, the month of October has been referred to as Unblocktober by many in the water treatment industry. Unblocktober is a month-long initiative started by Lanes for Drains, in which you consciously focus on what you pour down the sink (fats, oils and grease) and flush down the toilet. October is dedicated to paying attention to your current disposal habits and to find places where you can make a change that has a positive impact on the environment.

Protecting the ocean and global environment has always been our overarching goal and company mission. With that goal in mind, the Grease Hero drain guard was developed to help people properly dispose of cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) after making a meal. By properly disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease instead of sending them down the sink, it prevents clogged pipes in your home, fatbergs in city sewers and sewage overflows into the environment.

Small changes in your disposal habits can make a big difference.

When sewers and drains become blocked, it can cause major issues, such as: Sewer flooding, pollution into the environment and local waterways along with major excavation, repairs and prolonged road work in your area. Improper disposal of household items can also lead to plastic pollution.

“Disposable face masks, nappies, period care products, cotton buds and many of the other items are non-biodegradable because they contain hidden plastics. Putting them in our drains increases the chances of plastic making its way into our rivers and seas – into which approximately 8 million pieces of plastic find their way every day.” (Unblocktober)

Unblocktober 2021 aims to reduce fatbergs.

From Unblocktober: We have spent decades consistently pouring dangerous liquids and items into our drains, leading to the creation of fatbergs – enormous masses of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet wipes, hygiene products, cotton buds, diapers, bandages and much more.

These huge fatbergs block drains and sewers, causing them to work less effectively than they should. The problem has gotten much worse since the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw many people’s recycling habits fall by the wayside.

Although 77% of the population know what a fatberg is and 64% say they are ‘very aware’ of what should and shouldn’t go down their drains, 48% willingly continue to put fatberg-forming substances into our sewers. (Data source: Lanes for Drains)

It’s time for change! This October (Unblocktober 2021), and beyond, let’s work on changing our current disposal habits and in turn protecting our environment for generations to come.

Grease Hero is proud to support Unblocktober’s mission to save our sewers and seas. We understand the environmental dangers of rinsing FOG down the kitchen sink and flushing items that shouldn’t be and applaud the Unblocktober team as they work to educate the public on these major global issues.

Want to get involved with Unblocktober? Sign up on the Unblocktober website.

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