Butter sculpture to be turned into renewable energy

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The festivities are over at The Great New York State Fair, but the journey continues for the giant butter sculpture.

The inedible butter is not going to waste. It will be turned into renewable energy.

The butter sculpture: A masterpiece in dairy-art that was on display at the New York State Fair got a new home. It was turned into food for a biodigester.

In a sense, it’s coming full circle.

“Milk production all the way to butter at the New York State Fair,” said Chris Noble, an owner of Noblehurst Farms and Natural Upcycling. “Bringing it back to the farm to recycle it as energy and fertilizer.”

The biodigester takes over 100 tons per day of cow manure and closer to about 10 tons of food, but one of its favorites is butter. It turns to biogas that powers the farm and surrounding campus.

“We’ll see a pretty noticeable impact in the first 24 hours after it goes into the system,” said Noble.

This is the fourth year for the sculpture as the state fair continues to spread sustainability.

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