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'Fighting the Fatberg'

Published: 05 December 2018 by KTN

Date: 27 February 2019

Location: Stafford Cripps Centre, Cranfield University, College Rd, Wharley End, Bedford, MK43 0AL

  • food waste

'Fighting the Fatberg' is the 2019 edition of the British Water FOG Conference.  

‘Fatberg: A very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets'. This definition recently appeared on the online oxford dictionary after the sewers blockages caused by FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) and non-biodegradable solid matter went to display at the Museum of London and caught the interest of the media. Since then, the Fatberg has reigned and the topic of FOG has continued to create a high-level of interest (and concern) as our sewers are continuing to be affected by misuse. Sewers are only designed to take away the three p's – pee, poo and paper and when sewers are misused, fatbergs form and can cause blockages that restrict the flow of wastewater in the pipes leading to sanitary sewer overflows, property flooding and contamination of water bodies with sewage.

The fatberg can be fought at different levels but to win the battle, every stakeholder needs to play their part: administration, researchers, water companies, commercial food-handling facilities and the general public. British Water are taking the lead with the fatberg discussion and to achieve absolute success, collaboration and understanding of all aspects of the problem is crucial across industries. 

This conference aims to bring industries together to discuss the latest advances and how to move forward to achieve zero uncontrolled discharges from sewers by 2050.

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