Fatbergs: how 'flushable' wet wipes have created an environmental catastrophe

Fatbergs, attributable to an entangled mess of wet wipes ‘mortared collectively’ by fat, oils and grease to kind rock-hard materials, are making a ‘actual drawback with blockages within the pipes’, in line with Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield. At a single Sydney Water website at Malabar, six dry tonnes of wipes are collected day by day. ‘People would possibly suppose it is OK simply to pour a bit little bit of oil down their sink or to flush a few wipes throughout the day however whenever you’ve received 5 million folks dwelling in your metropolis, collectively that causes a serious drawback,’ says Hadfield, who’s a part of the ‘Keep Wipes out of Pipes’ motion group. The Guardian went alongside to Malabar to have a look.

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