The American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) has announced that the 55th Annual Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fair will be turned into energy.
Workers dismantled the massive 800-pound butter sculpture at the New York State Fairgrounds this week.
The 12-day state fair ended on Saturday.
The theme of the butter sculpture was “Dairy Every Day is a Healthy Way”, which highlighted the nutritional importance of dairy products.
Because the butter was unfit for consumption, it was returned to the farm that produced it, Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, New York.
Farm workers plan to mix the butter with food waste and run it through the farm’s “fermenter.”
The digester converts food waste into energy, specifically electricity.
According to ADANE, the fermenter generates enough energy to power the farm and nearly 350 homes for a full year.
The 800-pound sculpture is said to be able to power a house for three days.
“We are honored to recycle the New York State Fair’s butter sculpture for the eighth consecutive year.” said Jack Klapper, co-owner of Noblehurst Farms in an opinion. “We will mix the butter sculpture with other food waste and convert it into energy within about 28 days. This energy is converted into electricity that powers homes in the local community.”
“Our awareness of the role dairy farmers play in tackling the global problem of food waste has definitely increased,” added Klapper. “We are confident that our innovative food waste reduction practices will add value as New York State focuses on reducing methane and sequestering carbon in the years to come.”