NEW research carried out by Portsmouth experts reveals the staggering price we will pay to dispose of our turkey fat on Christmas Day.
Scientists at the University of Portsmouth estimate that removing fat, oil and grease from sewer pipes will add up to £50m a year on household bills.
And they say Britons will pour 15 million cups of roast turkey fat down the kitchen sink on Christmas Day, enough to nearly fill an Olympic swimming pool.
Dr John Williams said: ‘Millions will have stretched their finances to the maximum to pay for Christmas without realising they might be storing up hidden costs for later by pouring cooking fat down the kitchen sink.
‘Householders who pour fat down the plughole might as well be pouring money down the drain.
‘Many people do not understand how a modern city runs, which is why sewers are abused.
‘Sewer systems are designed to use water to transport waste, so adding fat, oil and grease to that leads to sewer clogging and system failure.
‘The costs of removing fat, oil and grease from the sewers are inevitably passed on to consumers.
‘Nobody budgets for this, but we all pay the price.’