Dave Jaworsky is the mayor of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and he has a lot of fresh ideas. Waterloo has a population of about 100,000, and is the same city where BlackBerry came from. They’re actually quite inventive!
A local businessman came up with an idea to squeeze energy from dog poop, and approached Dave about it. Dave was a little hesitant, but decided to hear the man out.
“At this point, I said, ‘Okay, you’ve got my interest … but not really,’” Dave says with a laugh.
The man is just a man who happens to work in construction, and owns a dog. He came up with the idea after wondering about how, “there must be a better way to do this.”
The man took the idea to the American goundwaste company, Sutera, and they will be running the pilot.
When Dave realized that the city had been collecting about 125,000 pounds of dog waste from the city garbage bins every year, he knew he needed to give this a try.
While doing his research, Dave also learned that rural areas have been using animal waste for electricity, heat and fertilizer for quite awhile now. But since that came from farm animals, it was an easier process to collect the waste.
So now they needed to figure out how to collect the poop from hundreds of thousands of dogs all across the city.
So here’s the idea. You have a unit called a poop-collecting receptacle. It looks like a rural mailbox and it sits over a large hole in the ground.
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