This City Is Doing More With Dog Poop Than We Ever Thought Possible

One day, we may live in a poop-powered world!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee
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When most of us hear Waterloo, Ontario, we instantly think BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion (RIM), and the University of Waterloo. Located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, the City of Waterloo has routinely gained international attention for developing groundbreaking technological advancements and churning out some of the most sought-after tech graduates. Silicon Valley, the stomping ground of the world’s largest tech companies (i.e. Google, Apple, Intel, HP, etc), has employed many University of Waterloo alumni.

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Now, the city’s newest innovation may make you want to instinctively hold your nose (ha!). Through a new pilot program, Waterloo has turned dog waste into a source of power and energy. We’ll wait here while you read that last sentence again.

“Poop Power” is in.

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Every time you pick up your dog’s poop and throw it away, you are throwing away potential energy! Who knew? We’ll say it again because it bears repeating: dog poop can be used for energy! To turn the poop into power, Waterloo will use a process called anaerobic digestion that occurs when organic waste breaks down without oxygen. Dave Jaworsky, Waterloo’s mayor, fittingly calls this process “poop power.”

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