Unit 6.1: Overview of Community Anaerobic Digesters

Community anaerobic digesters are likely to have a combination of the following characteristics:
• Cooperative ownership structure
• Treat organic wastes from multiple sources
• Incorporate community objectives such as economic development and environmental sustainability

This module will explore in more detail the driving factors behind the cooperative development of community digesters and the new opportunities these digesters provide for processing many different types of organic waste.

Guiding Questions
What are the current barriers for anaerobic digesters for smaller-scale and distributed organic waste producers?
How can community digesters increase the potential for organic waste treatment in a geographic area?
What emerging trends are likely to increase the opportunities for community digesters?
How can community digesters fit into local goals of economic development, water quality, renewable energy and sustainability?

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