New York City tackles fatbergs head-on telling residents to stop flushing 'flushable wipes

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It's the dirtiest job in New York!

Everything from dead rats, car tires and even headless pigs ends up in Brooklyn's sewage treatment works all as part of a fatberg - enormous globs of fat, mostly made up from cooking grease and wipes that clogs up the pipes.

'It - Job - While - Smell - Kam

'It's a dirty job. It took me a while to get used to the smell,' Kam Lau told The New York Post at Brooklyn's Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

'I put my gloves on and just do the job. Someone has to do it.'

Fatbergs - Problem - City - Department - Environmental

Fatbergs are a real problem and a growing one too. The city Department of Environmental Protection spent $19 million last year removing fatbergs. Ten years ago, the cost was half that amount.

The problem occurs because New Yorkers still keep on flushing items that they are not supposed to, down the toilet.

Everything - Towels - Condoms - Baby - Wipes

Everything from sanitary towels, used condoms, baby wipes and even dead rats all find their way from the toilets into Newtown Creek's million-dollar machinery and pumps.

In 2018 there were 2,100 fatbergs clogging up the city's sewer system.

Awareness - Campaign - New - Yorkers - 'Ps

A new awareness campaign tells New Yorkers to only flush the four 'Ps': poop, puke, pee and toilet paper.

The DEP says flushable wipes are the...
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