Town’s drains ‘placed on diet’ to tackle greasy fatbergs

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‘Fatbergs’, like this one unearthed by Scottish Water in one part of Scotland, are a headache for utility companies

A town’s drains are to be starved of grease and oil in a bid to tackle the menace of so-called fatbergs.

A pilot scheme in St Andrews will see experts advising every food business how to dispose of waste correctly.

The new campaign is led by Scottish Water which attends an average of 95 blockages every day in Scotland at a cost of £6.5m a year.

The deposits are caused by fat, oil and grease being flushed unfiltered down sinks and clogging up the sewer system.

The Fat Free Sewer project – the first of its kind in Scotland – will see every food service establishment in the Fife town visited by waste management experts.

‘Consequences can be huge’

Mike Will, waste water operations general manager at Scottish Water, said fatbergs were a real headache for the utility.

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