Anaerobic Digestion for Rutgers

Kirmi Patel, Martin K. Tricarico, Julie M. Fagan
Food waste can be recycled just like paper and plastic. Food waste is rich in organic materials, rich in carbon and hydrogen. Combinations of carbon and hydrogen can produce large amounts of energy. Fuels, like gasoline, are made of long carbon and hydrogen chains. Being that these elements are present in the food that we throw away every day, it is a waste to not utilize them. Processes such as anaerobic digestion can convert carbon sources in food waste into methane which can be burned to
more » ... an be burned to produce energy. Anaerobic digestion also produces natural fertilizer which can be used to fertilize crops. This process would be very useful and practical if implemented at Rutgers University, which currently pays to have their food waste hauled away. This is a waste of a potentially valuable carbon source which has yet to be tapped. If Rutgers were to implement this system of food waste disposal, the University would become much more environmentally friendly and be able to produce some of its own electricity. For this reason, a petition has been created to gain support for implementation of anaerobic digestion at Rutgers. Once completed, this petition will be presented to dining services in an attempt to have this system put in place.
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