James Seers

James Seers

Product Design Engineering BSc

The Berglar

Repurposing Domestic Kitchen Waste

Reducing the amount of FOG waste

There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, with an estimated 75% caused by the build up of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) that are incorrectly disposed of down the kitchen sink. Approximately £15 million is spent annually on blockage clearance nationwide, with further costs for associated flooding incidents as a result of reduced capacity and burst sewer pipes.

Sewer overflows can also result in significant environmental damage, including public health concerns due to the exposure of pathogens such as E. coli, which are present in sewage. The aim of this project was to develop a solution to the problem of the incorrect disposal of FOG in a domestic setting, through a product or system that fits seamlessly into the current kitchen set up and allows for collected waste to be repurposed once collected.