A Waterloo company wants to transform dog excrement into energy
The City of Waterloo, Ontario will soon be hosting a pilot program that will turn dog excrement into energy using a process called anaerobic digestion. It “digests” organic waste when placed in an oxygen-free environment.
City mayor Dave Jaworsky said that this type of program will be implemented in Canada for the first time.
According to Mr. Jaworsky, this is an ecological process that will help reduce the amount of waste produced by his city, which has about 100,000 inhabitants.
“In fact, it’s a lot of waste. If we look at the public garbage cans of the city. Their content is 40 to 80% of the dog poop, “said the mayor.
According to him, the process of recovering dog excrement and its transformation into energy is rather simple and not necessarily new.
“In the counties in the regions, it is a relatively widespread process. So we take a rural technology and take it to town, “says Jaworsky.
When an owner collects the waste from his dog, the dog must put it in a designated receptacle. Mr. Jaworsky says this receptacle looks like a post office box. The contents of these boxes are collected and sent to a factory outside the city.
Using the anaerobic digestion process, these organic wastes will be converted into biogas, which can be burned to produce energy. The remaining material of this process can be used as fertilizer.
The project will be implemented in the following weeks in three Waterloo parks, including a park dedicated to dogs.