2018 saw the discovery of two massive fatbergs in Britain and highlighted the problems that the Victorian sewage infrastructure has versus modern day convenience lifestyle.
The fatberg found under Whitechapel in London weighed the same as 11 double decker buses and stretched the length of two football pitches. The 64 metre one in Sidmouth Devon will take a team of workers eight weeks to cut up and remove.
Cooking fat is the biggest contributor at around 90%, but discarded wet wipes and plastics contribute to the mass. An interesting observance In the Whitechapel berg was that forensics found there was as a higher concentration of prohibited gym supplements than street drugs such as cocaine and MDMA.
Fatbergs are primarily a product of our throwaway lifestyle. The water companies are trying to educate people that toilets and sinks are not magical thresholds to dispose of unwanted items. They are trying to break the myth that pouring washing-up liquid or running hot water and down the sink ahead of disposing fats, oils or grease will stop pipe blocking. Remember that products labelled flushable does not mean biodegradable and they will help clog up pipes further along their journey. The recommendations from the water companies is to keep a small container (empty margarine tub) in your kitchen, which you can pour any fats into and then dispose of in the bin.