Unblocktober – saving our drains, rivers and seas!

The year is flying by, and suddenly we are in October! This month, raise awareness and get onboard to join the Unblocktober campaign – to help Britain’s drains and stop unnecessary waste from reaching our rivers and seas.

What is Unblocktober?

Unblocktober is the world’s first month-long national campaign and awareness month to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas – driven completely by the British public.


Why Unblocktober?

Britain’s sewer network is under ever-increasing pressure –  because of our irresponsible actions over the course of many decades. For too long we have consistently flushed and poured dangerous liquids and items into our drains.

This leads to the creation of fatbergs – enormous masses of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet wipes, period care products, cotton buds, condoms, nappies, bandages and much more – which block drains and sewers and cause them to work less effectively than they should.

When sewers and drains get blocked it can cause foul waste flooding, pollution and excavation and repair, causing roadworks. Nappies, period care products, cotton buds and many of the other items listed below are non-biodegradable because they contain hidden plastics. Putting them into 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!


How to get involved

Just pay more attention to what you put down the drain this October and commit to putting none of the following items down your drains or toilets for the whole month:

  • Cooking oil

  • Food

  • Butter

  • Margarine

  • Lard

  • Cooking sauce

  • Wet wipes

  • Period Products

  • Nappies

  • Condoms

  • Cotton buds

  • Contact lenses

  • Bandages and plasters

  • Dental floss

  • Razor blades

Share this post to get others onboard and help to spread the word so we can change bad habits for good! 😄


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