Salt Lake City’s successful experiment to turn rotten food into renewable natural gas begins accepting residential food waste.

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We already do this with poop in most major metro areas. I live in Las Vegas, and one of our clients (I’m an engineer) is a municipal wastewater facility. Once the poop is settled and extracted from the sewage water, it’s placed in a digester which produces methane. We’re experimenting with a fat/oil/grease injection method, which should increase production by quite a bit. Food waste is really only slightly off of that. I’m sure they could throw that in too. The bacteria are picky on temperature and presence of solvents but not too much on what they eat.


I have altered the title to be less clickbaity and more informative. ​ >Food sent to landfills, she said, does not break down as quickly as one might expect because it is not exposed to enough oxygen. And food that degrades slowly releases methane — a harmful greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere. > >“We hope this will really take off,” she said of the public drop-off site, “and residents will embrace the opportunity to send us their food waste.”


Ehm, there are some bioreactors like this near where i live and most people around it are angry because it smells terrible makes them sick…


Barely an experiment. We know this works. Lots of places take food waste. If anything it’s the opposite. I’m annoyed when I go somewhere that doesn’t accept food waste. Why wouldn’t you either turn it into compost or biofuel. Just another way to make power from renewables Edit. This isn’t futurology as most cities in the uk already have this and have had for some time. Maybe it’s new to america. They really should look to how the rest if the works have been fighting climate change. Might speed up the process and be cheaper.


Our neighbors joined some recycling out fit that accepts food scraps and stuff our municipal recycling won’t: food scraps including meat and bones. Greasy food containers like pizza boxes. Used paper towels. Grease cans (seperately) I’m thinking they most have a digester operation.