DOG POO TO POWER LIGHTS!
NAUGHTY dog owners are well-known for collecting their dog’s poop in a bag but not putting it in a bin.
Now one man has taken action, after he became sick of seeing bags of dog poo scattered around his home town. After using the poo to power a lamppost instead, Brian Harper says that the area is cleaner.
The lamp is on a path that leads into the Malvern Hills, which is popular with dog walkers. Now, after dog owners have collected some of the free paper bags, they can scoop their pooch’s poop and deposit it into a biodigester that’s hooked up to the lamp. The biodigester uses bacteria to break down the poo and turn it into methane gas – the same as the stuff that might power the heating and oven in your house.
In the same way that electric street lights turn on at dusk, the lamp has a sensor that allows it to start burning the gas and producing light when it gets dark. Since this helps dog walkers to see where they’re going, it shows people that “dog poo has a value”, Harper told The Guardian.
Britain has lots of dog owners, so busy paths or streets kitted out with the lamps could save councils money on electricity. What do you think? Would you use one if it was in your local park or street?
“It’s getting dark. Time for a poo…”