University of Nebraska uses ‘mechanical stomachs’ to reduce campus waste

By: | October 16, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of this school year, but the University of Nebraska is making sure the pandemic doesn’t disrupt its sustainability efforts.

Every year, thousands of pounds of food get sent from the University to the landfill, which then emits carbon dioxide into the air. The University is now reducing its carbon footprint using a different part of the body.

“The biodigester is basically a big mechanical stomach,” said David Annis, Director of Dining. “We put the food into the digester, and the digester just churns it. It mixes it with the enzymes and water flushes through it every ten or so minutes, and its just a constant digestion process.”

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