Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


With today’s energy consumption, the world is running out of nonrenewable energy sources. The most commonly used energy source is natural gas that mainly consists of a compound known as methane. Simultaneously, one should note that waste management of excessive amount of solid organic waste has been a great concern for our environment. Different countries, states and farms have developed a system that uses food waste and manure to create methane at local anaerobic digesters that is further processed into electricity. In this research paper, we discussed the basics of anaerobic digestion and digester plants, implementations of laws that promote anaerobic digestion and recycling of food waste in the state of Massachusetts and their impact on the local community.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering