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December 5, 2023
One company in Utah is taking the 1.2 billion pounds of food waste produced in the state each year and turning it into power for the community.
Since 2021, Momentum Recycling has been collecting food waste all across Salt Lake City.
"After the pandemic, we were able to start with a couple of small pilot neighborhoods just to test it, and make sure it would work for residential service," explained John Lair, President and CEO of the company. "Happily, it did. We've had a lot of inquiries, and a lot of interest. And we're now starting the process of expanding the service to the rest of the city."
The service is available to individual homes, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and event convention centers.
"Our goal as a company is to divert as much material away from the landfill as possible,” Lair explained. "So, we can extend the life of the landfill, we can see the material put to its best use, in this case, energy."
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