The Reel Life: Food waste edition
19 Apr 2017
Yeah, we don't immediately think "clean" anything when we hear a phrase like "spoiled mayonnaise," either.
The University of Michigan has an anaerobic digester on campus, which processes food waste into biogas, which is then used to power buildings. Most of the food waste that feeds the anaerobic digester doesn't come from the University's campus, but from surrounding areas.
As a result of a refrigeration issue, 500 2.5-gallon bottles of mayonnaise for the University's dining hall went slightly off. Usually, when food is not quite up to par for serving on campus, the University donates it to a local food bank — but no food bank wanted 500 giant bottles of manky mayonnaise, for obvious reasons.
That was when the University's sustainability officer suggested feeding it to the anaerobic digester. The process took more than eight hours, since each jar had to be emptied by hand into the digester, and then the jars had to be cleaned so they could be recycled. Considering how gross and tough it is to really clean even one greasy jar of non-spoiled mayonnaise, we don't envy whatever staff or work-study students got stuck actually doing this.
The rotting glop of egg and oil turned out to be basically the perfect fuel for the anaerobic digester, due to the high content of fats and sugars, so everyone was left feeling good about the whole thing.
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