Fighting Fatbergs – Great Lakes Now 1015 – Segment 1


In 2019, a 19-ton glob of rubbish and waste clogged a southeast Michigan sewer. Called a “fatberg,” the blockage was product of fat, oils and greases certain collectively primarily by disposable wipes. Some of these wipes are labeled “flushable,” however analysis suggests they’ll trigger large issues in sewers. Wipe-makers disagree. But Macomb County is suing to maintain the phrase “flushable” off of wipe labels.

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