Last week, state and local officials began construction on Utah’s first food waste-to-energy facility, which will deploy anaerobic digesters to grind and liquefy food waste and utilize water, heat and bacteria to covert the food waste into methane gas. The methane gas can be used as natural gas and the bio-solids can be converted into fertilizer.
This new facility is part of Wasatch Resource Recovery, a cooperative partnership between ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District that will enlist Utah businesses to send their food waste to the facility in an effort to save landfill space, reduce greenhouse emissions from buried organic garbage and provide businesses with an alternative for disposing of their food waste.
The Salt Lake Tribune has more information:
State and local officials broke ground for Utah's first food digester Thursday morning in a project aimed at reducing landfill waste and harnessing unused renewable energy.
The North Salt Lake facility, to be opened in late 2018, will deploy anaerobic digesters to grind and liquify food waste, then use water, heat and bacteria to convert it into methane gas to be used as natural gas and bio-solids to be converted into fertilizer.
The project, called Wasatch Resource Recovery, is a cooperative partnership between Salt Lake City-based ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District and will enlist Utah businesses statewide to send their food waste to the facility.