Digester at Algonquin College transforms waste management

Algonquin College in Ottawa serves a diverse community of 19,000 students. Among its facilities, the Wolves Den stands out as one of Algonquin College Students’ Association’s premier full-service restaurants, renowned for its high-quality, house-made cuisine and full-service bar. Operating on weekdays from 11am to 6pm, the Wolves Den accommodates up to 180 guests.

The restaurant has been using a biodigester since 2022. In the past 12 months, the LFC-200 biodigester processed 8500 kg of food waste from the Wolves Den, diverting over 36 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere. This significant environmental achievement is equivalent to offsetting carbon emissions from consuming over 15,000 litre (4000 gallon) of gasoline.

Nathan Buschmann, chef and manager of culinary operations for the Students’ Association, remarked, “I absolutely love the LFC biodigester, and it’s truly made a difference in the kitchen.”

The integration of the Power Knot LFC-200 biodigester into Algonquin College’s operations underscores the institution’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and responsible stewardship of the environment.