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West Hartford, Conn., Launches Pilot Food Waste Recycling Program

The program is being managed by the city, waste-to-energy company Quantum Biopower, Covanta and Paines Inc.

In West Hartford, Conn., approximately 130 homeowners are participating in a 15-week pilot food waste recycling program, which is being managed by the city, waste-to-energy company Quantum Biopower, Covanta and Paines Inc.

Through the program, food waste is being collected from the participating homes every Thursday and transported to Quantum Biopower’s recycling center in Southington, where the food waste is turned into electricity.

Once the pilot program ends on January 4, 2018, the city, Quantum Biopower, Covanta and Paines Inc. will discuss the future of the program.

The Hartford Courant has more information:

About 130 West Hartford homeowners are taking part in a 15-week experiment to see if average families can help change the depressing statistic that more than 20 percent of all American trash is food waste that is thrown out and burned or buried.

Participating residents are separating the coffee grounds, bones, egg shells, cooking oils, old pasta, stale bread and all the other organic food waste they would normally throw out as garbage. They put it in an odor-resistant, dishwasher-safe kitchen “caddies,” and dump that into special brown bins that are taken to the curb every Thursday.

A garbage truck then picks up the food waste and transports it to a recycling center in Southington that turns the organic garbage into methane and the methane into electricity.

Read the full story here.

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