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

Fatbergs, brought on by an entangled mess of wet wipes ‘mortared collectively’ by fat, oils and grease to type rock-hard materials, are making a ‘actual downside with blockages within the pipes’, in accordance with Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield. At a single Sydney Water web site at Malabar, six dry tonnes of wipes are collected every single day. ‘People would possibly suppose it is OK simply to pour slightly little bit of oil down their sink or to flush a few wipes in the course of the day however once you’ve acquired 5 million individuals dwelling in your metropolis, collectively that causes a serious downside,’ 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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