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 keeping with Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield. At a single Sydney Water web site at Malabar, six dry tonnes of wipes are collected day by day. ‘People may suppose it is OK simply to pour somewhat little bit of oil down their sink or to flush a few wipes through the day however once you’ve acquired 5 million individuals 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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