Almost every Briton can now recite the mantra of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in our sleep. But while we consider what we are putting in our household waste, we must also bear in mind what we are flushing down our waterways.
Which begs the question: Do You Bag It and Bin It?
What Is Bag It and Bin It
Bag It and Bin It is a water industry led initiative to encourage people to consider what they are putting into the waterways of Great Britain.
The theory is simple. The only things that should be flushed are the three Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper and the only thing that should go down the sink is water.
Everything else should be put in a bag and binned.
Why We Need To Look After Our Water Supply
Research has shown that Britain’s tap water is of some of the highest quality anywhere in the world, something that every British resident should be proud of.
But without careful attention to what we contaminate our water supply with, this high level of quality water is not going to last.
And as more items are washed into our waterways, the level of blockages and contamination being caused is growing, meaning more and more resources are required to keep our waterways clear.
By paying a little more attention to what we wash away, every resident can do their bit to ensure Britain can enjoy fresh, clear water for a long time to come.
What You Can & Can’t Put Down The Drain
Keeping our waterways clear is the responsibility of anyone and everyone, and it doesn’t have to be an arduous task.
Just by thinking about the environment in your home and how you dispose of waste, you can ensure that waterways of Britain remain at their peak well into the future.
1. Consider What You Are Putting Down The Toilet
The biggest cause of blockages in sewers in the UK is wet wipes. Even those that market themselves as being flushable do not spend enough time in the sewer to decompose.
So instead of flushing, bag and bin the following:
- wet wipes
- sanitary towels
- incontinence pads
- cotton buds
2. Take Care At The Kitchen Sink
A huge amount of bacteria develops every day in a kitchen sink that is blocked and those obstructions then jam up our entire drainage system.
But simply by keeping your sink clean, you can ensure that your kitchen is more hygienic and the waterways are safe too.
Make sure your taps are free from food and bacteria so that water can flow cleanly into your home.
Clean your taps with a mild bleach solution regularly and ensure the dishcloth is not left on the tap to dry, spreading germs throughout the day.
In the kitchen, you should bin:
- cooking fats
- food liquids
Pour the liquids into an appropriate container and place in the bin when cold. Fats and greases poured down the sink will solidify, blocking essential waste pipes and causing excessive contamination in the water way.
It’s not hard and it isn’t time consuming, but if you follow the ‘Bag It and Bin It’ theme, you can do your bit to ensure our drains are free flowing for many generations to come.