Digesting Thanksgiving Leftovers: One Utah Facility Turning Food Waste Into Energy
Wasatch Resource Recovery in North Salt Lake, Utah, is already taking in more than 350 tons of food waste every day, and it’s only at half capacity. While it started taking some food in February 2019, Morgan Bowerman said that the last few pieces of the facility will be in place in the next few weeks and the facility will be ready to take on more waste — and produce more natural gas.
Bowerman is the sustainability and resource recovery manager at the facility, and she said Wasatch Resource Recovery’s anaerobic digesters work using microbes.
“When they break down that organic waste without oxygen, they offgas methane. So we are able to capture that methane, clean it up a little bit, and stick it into the pipeline as a renewable natural gas,” she said.