New York City has over 600,000 dogs, one for every 14 residents. These dogs generate over 100,000 tons of poop per year, most of which hits landfils where its natural methane release gets wasted.
The idea is to fit parks with small anaerobic digesters. Dog owners would place their mongrels’ mounds into the machine, which then converts poo to gas for powering lamps and other park equipment. A year-long pilot would introduce digesters in three parks at a cost of around $100,000. The parks department is pondering the proposal.
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