Net Energy Gain from Food Waste
During the course of advocating for disposers as a sustainability tool in managing food waste, and through study of a few decades’ worth of research, I discovered that a scientific gap existed that had not been adequately addressed. Mind you, this was as I neared the end of studying for my Masters degree so it was like a gift from the heavens. It provided a tailor-made subject for my capstone project while providing insight into something useful for my professional work. It was relevant to the drive for organics diversion from landfills and resource recovery at wastewater treatment plants. To be specific, it was, in a nutshell, a model to quantify the impacts of food waste on wastewater treatment in one specific and unstudied area.