Fatberg?

#2
Its all the fast food takeways we now have infesting pretty much every High Street pouring their used cooking oil into the street drainage grids.

Be aware that part of your water bills goes to clear for this clear up.

These firms should have proper waste control procedures including a valid waste transfer note from the firm charged with removing their waste.

As with most things though councils in the large cannot be bothered to enforce it and Thames Water/United Utilities etc are only too happy to pass the clean-up charges onto all consumers.

Removing fatbergs from the sewers of central London is pretty much an everyday event although this one was allowed to become particularly large.
 
#3
Its all the fast food takeways we now have infesting pretty much every High Street pouring their used cooking oil into the street drainage grids.

Be aware that part of your water bills goes to clear for this clear up.

These firms should have proper waste control procedures including a valid waste transfer note from the firm charged with removing their waste.

As with most things though councils in the large cannot be bothered to enforce it and Thames Water/United Utilities etc are only too happy to pass the clean-up charges onto all consumers.

Removing fatbergs from the sewers of central London is pretty much an everyday event although this one was allowed to become particularly large.
You will find that the vast majority comes from private dwellings.
 

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#7
You will find that the vast majority comes from private dwellings.
Indeed.
I had to install a 200l fat trap a couple of years ago at my place in the mountains, the problem was the washing machine output - blocked everything with a soap like deposit.
 
#8
Yeah Unfortunately Wet Wipes do not break down in water as loo roll does, so it just enhances in catching the crap getting stuck to it and assists in blocking the drainage systems. That's why the manufacturers put on the tubs not to be flushed down the toilet ... Alas people still do it coz its easy and they are lazy. (Just my opinion)
 
#9
This problem is a business opportunity in disguise ... a complete new recycling industry to provide cheaper ingredients for more fast food ... unless of course it is already happening ... Soylent Brown anyone ?
 
#10
Its all the fast food takeways we now have infesting pretty much every High Street pouring their used cooking oil into the street drainage grids.

Be aware that part of your water bills goes to clear for this clear up.

These firms should have proper waste control procedures including a valid waste transfer note from the firm charged with removing their waste.

As with most things though councils in the large cannot be bothered to enforce it and Thames Water/United Utilities etc are only too happy to pass the clean-up charges onto all consumers.

Removing fatbergs from the sewers of central London is pretty much an everyday event although this one was allowed to become particularly large.
There is a kebab shop near me that pours its fat down the drain in the road . I came off my bike when I slipped on the grease around the drain. Ive seen the drains being unblocked every few weeks there I dont know how theyre getting away with it
 
#11
There is a kebab shop near me that pours its fat down the drain in the road . I came off my bike when I slipped on the grease around the drain. Ive seen the drains being unblocked every few weeks there I dont know how theyre getting away with it
Get photo footage of them doing it and write a letter of complaint to the environmental health authority in your area, If you get no joy go one stage higher and keep doing it , these people and obvious thwarter's of the rules and regulations for disposal of things like that are costing the country millions 'name and shame'
 
#12
There is a kebab shop near me that pours its fat down the drain in the road . I came off my bike when I slipped on the grease around the drain. Ive seen the drains being unblocked every few weeks there I dont know how theyre getting away with it
Try complaining to your local Env. Health bod.

I remember a great story an ex-RAMC Captain told me about the main sewer through Catterick Camp being blocked with waste from the hospital some time in the late 40's / early 50's. They sent blokes in downstream and they walked up until they came to a wall of dressings and such like which was so thick it was dry on their side.

They put some fire hoses down there, got out and turned them on and that blasted away the detritus.

There's more to the story involving growing tomatoes and sluice gates, but better told over a pint.
 
#13
It's actually quite amazing what gets down into the sewers and even more so, what gets through the various catch grids before the treatment tanks!
 
#14
It minging to think that gets purified and we drink it at some stage . I live near a treatment plant and it stinks. The wife still asks me if ive farted when driving past it despite knowing its there
 
#15
I blame immigrants and fat people.
The fatties are innocent. They eat the dripping.
It's the skinny bastards that tip it down the drains and cause the problems.
 
#16
You will find that the vast majority comes from private dwellings.
Perhaps not?

I emptied the contents of my chip fryer down my kitchen drain some years ago.

Stuff had the audacity to congeal in the pipe before it got to the street sewer blocking everything up. Drains backed up and partially flooded my basement workshop.

Took 2 days and £65 to get the council out to jetwash the drain..

Lesson learnt. And its why the takeways use the street grids as they don't have to pay to have them unblocked.

Next time you see a flooded High Street where the water is not running away down a street grid after heavy rain just check to see if it is outside (or nearby) a fast food outlet.

The problem is decreasing though as used cooking oil now has a value for recycling (as bioderv) and many are selling it on.
 
#17
Try complaining to your local Env. Health bod.

I remember a great story an ex-RAMC Captain told me about the main sewer through Catterick Camp being blocked with waste from the hospital some time in the late 40's / early 50's. They sent blokes in downstream and they walked up until they came to a wall of dressings and such like which was so thick it was dry on their side.

They put some fire hoses down there, got out and turned them on and that blasted away the detritus.

There's more to the story involving growing tomatoes and sluice gates, but better told over a pint.
Something to do with Tomato seeds being one of the only seeds able to travel through the human digestive system and be unaffected.

Which is why you used to see many of them growing near sewer outlets. Not so much these days though.

As kids we used to go picking them then flogging them cheap door to door. Did quite a lucrative trade, chucked up a bit mind you!!
 
#18
Perhaps not?

I emptied the contents of my chip fryer down my kitchen drain some years ago.

Stuff had the audacity to congeal in the pipe before it got to the street sewer blocking everything up. Drains backed up and partially flooded my basement workshop.

Took 2 days and £65 to get the council out to jetwash the drain..

Lesson learnt. And its why the takeways use the street grids as they don't have to pay to have them unblocked.

Next time you see a flooded High Street where the water is not running away down a street grid after heavy rain just check to see if it is outside (or nearby) a fast food outlet.

The problem is decreasing though as used cooking oil now has a value for recycling (as bioderv) and many are selling it on.

As part of my job as a land surveyor for Southern Water (in the 90's), I worked in this particular environment all the way to the treatment works and also there as well. So it would seem that I do have some knowledge of this shit....Oh and my claim to fame is dying Shoreham Harbour a fluorescent green, whilst tracing a sewer run.
 
#19
Try complaining to your local Env. Health bod.

I remember a great story an ex-RAMC Captain told me about the main sewer through Catterick Camp being blocked with waste from the hospital some time in the late 40's / early 50's. They sent blokes in downstream and they walked up until they came to a wall of dressings and such like which was so thick it was dry on their side.

They put some fire hoses down there, got out and turned them on and that blasted away the detritus.

There's more to the story involving growing tomatoes and sluice gates, but better told over a pint.
I recall seeing sandbanks with hundreds of tomato plants growing on them in the Thames Estuary, it seems that the seeds once released from their sewage encapsulation floated down river and get washed onto these sandbanks, germinate and grow. These plants seemed very healthy, must be the fertiliser.
 
#20
Something to do with Tomato seeds being one of the only seeds able to travel through the human digestive system and be unaffected.

Which is why you used to see many of them growing near sewer outlets. Not so much these days though.

As kids we used to go picking them then flogging them cheap door to door. Did quite a lucrative trade, chucked up a bit mind you!!
Correct. Apparently the crap went to an incinerator - once it got going the gas from the crap was recycled back in the the furnace. The heat didn't kill the tomato seeds which had passed though the digestive systems of the squaddies but it was enough to germinate them.

The resulting ash made good fertiliser in which to grow the tomatoes, and the heat from the incinerator heated the green-houses. All very green, and someone made a pile of cash out of shit.
 

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