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17 Nov 2008 05:11:44

Sewage and biodiesel scheme launched

Sewage and biodiesel scheme launched
A scheme to improve the sewage and drainage systems while creating biodiesel for vehicles has been launched.

Funded by the East of England Development Agency, the project by Anglian Water and business waste organisation Eastex aims to educate restaurants on disposal of oils and fats.

Grease and oil in sewages and drains causes the flow of waste water to slow and costs the utility £5 million a year to clear up.

"It's just money literally down the drain, because no sooner we have cleared it out, than the problem starts again," said Anglian Water spokeswoman Collette Nicholls. "We estimate that, across the region, 10,000 tonnes of this waste gets into our sewers each year, taking up ten per cent of their capacity."

The scheme hopes to train restaurants so that instead of putting their fats down the sink, they store them so they can be converted into biodiesel.

Eastex Materials Exchange is a web based service that helps companies secure unwanted goods and is connecting the restaurants with biodiesel manufacturers.

One of the manufacturers sells the biodiesel at six or seven pence cheaper than ordinary diesel.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation, fuel suppliers ensure 2.5 per cent of the road fuel they supply comes from renewable sources.



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