A new housing development in the Bronx neighborhood of New York will include an “aerobic digester” that will transform 1,100 lbs of food into 220 lbs of fertilizer everyday. The development, which is called The Peninsula, consists of 740 affordable housing apartments, 50,000 square feet of green space, and commercial space. The aerobic digester will take food scraps from the building’s inhabitants and turn it into fertilizer for the green space and other community gardens around the Bronx. If successful, the technology could be implemented into other apartment buildings around New York City to help combat the food waste, excessive trash, and rodent problems. Aerobic digesters also limit greenhouse gas emissions and avoid pollution that occurs when transporting manufactured fertilizer.
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