Engineering Solutions to Offset Waste Problems

“The project is mapping waste streams from food commodities such as milk, meat, barley, wheat and rice and the value to be recouped from them”.

In part 1 of our 2019 researcher case studies we look at Dr Tom Curran of the UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering.

Waste can cause problems. When fats, oils, grease and sanitary products congeal in a sewer, it can build ‘fatbergs’ that slow and clog sewers, resulting in backed up pipes, environmental damage and expensive and dangerous operations to clear the blockage.

Dr Tom Curran at UCD is making strides in the fight against fatbergs, working  on prevention and detection. His research has shown high levels of compliance among businesses to prevent fatbergs, which saves Dublin millions of Euros each year in sewer management and wastewater treatment costs.

You can find the full text of his case study here: Engineering Solutions to Offset Waste Problems