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London turns sewer-choking 'fatbergs' to fuel

Plan to unclog 19th-century sewage system by turning accumulated fats into renewable fuel for power stations.

Last Modified: 26 Apr 2013 18:21
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Grease, fat and other waste from London households and businesses are building up like mini-mountains, or so called 'fatbergs', in the UK capital's 19th century sewers.

The waste is not just clogging up the underground system, but also costing the company that runs it more than a million dollars a month.

Now there are plans to try to stop part of the problem before it begins, by installing drain storage, and turning the accumulated fats into renewable fuel for new power stations.

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from London.

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