(DNAINFO) Nicole Levy — When New Yorkers adopt a dog, they rarely consider the byproduct of all that unconditional canine love — the city’s roughly 600,000-hound population generate more than 100,000 tons of poop a year.
Some of it gunks up the soles of unlucky pedestrians’ shoes (most frequently in the Bronx, according to this map). But most of it is disposed in garbage cans and shipped to landfills, costing the city more than $100 per ton.
That’s a waste of resources, says Ron Gonen, the city’s former deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability.
Now the CEO of an investment fund supporting recycling initiatives, Gonen has proposed a program that would convert poop at city dog parks into clean energy, the Economist reports.