London locates second “fatberg”

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In London, another giant ball of garbage—congealed together by decades worth of discarded fats and oils—has been found clogging the city’s sewer.

The latest “fatberg” tips the scales at 26 metric tons and was located under the city’s Chinatown district in a sewer dating back 1852. Its discovery comes just weeks after a similar fatberg, weighing as much as 11 double decker buses, was located in London’s Whitechapel district. That first fatberg is expected to take weeks to be fully removed and is being shipped to Argent Energy to be converted into 10,000 liters of biodiesel.

The fate of the Chinatown fatberg was not disclosed, but Thames Water’s head of waste networks Matt Rimmer used its discovery as an opportunity to remind Londoners to Bin It, Don’t Block It. “When it comes to preventing fatbergs, everyone has a role to play.”