Day 178. Poo power

In february 2013 on February 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm


I have a cast-iron stomach, but cleaning up dog turds pushes me to my limits.

In addition to the revulsion associated with individual deposits, when it’s all added up canine faeces is truly a force to be reckoned with in urban environments. Approximately 1,350 tonnes of dog waste is produced annually across Australia.

Imagine if all that disgustingness could be harnessed for good…..

…well now it can, and it’s all in the name of science!

Poo Power is a project started by Melbournian Duncan Chew, and will harness the power of Australian dog poo in two ways:

  1. Dog poo will be collected and – with the help of biogas generators – used to power lighting in parks around Melbourne;
  2. Communities in Melbourne will be encouraged to re-think their ideas about waste, and the potential opportunities posed by reassessing waste management practices.

To get Poo Power up and running – kind of like diarrhoea *boom tish* – Duncan received funding from Inspiring Australia (DIISRTE) in partnership with the Yarra Energy Foundation.

Poo Power will be featured at the Sustainable Living Festival this month.

[image thanks to Abulic Monkey on flickr]


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