Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014 on 1:48 pm

Stop dumping! Bradford partnership to solve drainage problem using cooking oil

Fat Vat Bradford

(l-r) Project worker Nasa Hussain from the Karmand Community Centre, and network protection technician Duncan Woodhead from Yorkshire Water

Bradford has become the pilot for a new project that aims to solve a five-year drainage problem for local residents, helping power Yorkshire homes with renewable energy.

Launched today by Yorkshire Water, energy experts Living Fuels and the Karmand Community Centre, tubs named ‘Fat Vats’ will be collected from homes and poured into a giant tank located at the Karmand Community Centre on Barkerend Road.

When filled to its limit, the waste will have the capacity to provide power to a home for a year, or even the power to make 250,000 cups of tea.

To complete the process, the waste oil will be taken to a special plant, where the liquid will turned into biofuel.

The three partners working on the project identified the need to make a change, as used cooking oil became the cause of a major problem in Bradford Moor.

Houses in the area experienced more than 80 sewer flooding incidents in the past five years because cooking oils were being poured down sinks, causing blockages in pipes.

Last year, Yorkshire Water invested a staggering £2.3 million in improving the area’s sewer system and is now asking locals to pour their waste cooking oil into tubs so it can be collected and turned into power.

Duncan Woodhead, network protection technician at Yorkshire Water, said: “A lot of people don’t realise the damage this can do because these liquids solidify when they get down to the sewers and that can cause blockages.

“Hopefully we can work closely with the community so residents dispose of these properly and we can all experience the benefits.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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