Dog owners everywhere know about pooper scoopers. But could that doggie waste be used to cook your food and heat your home? Probably so, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, which reports that cities around the Bay area are looking into ways to produce electricity and natural gas from Fido’s dropping. Usually, pet waste is either left out to dissolve untreated, or is eventually dumped in a landfill, where it mummifies, and currently takes up as much room as disposable diapers. But technologies are now available that use bacteria to get methane out of pet droppings. And with 10 million tons of waste produced each year by America’s cats and dogs, that’s one big pooper scooper worth of good news.

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