Utah is soon to open its first renewable energy plant turning organic waste into power


    A new facility by Wasatch Resource Recovery (WRR) is working to capture bad methane gases before they’re released into the atmosphere from organic waste we create and turn it into energy. (Photo: KUTV)

    A new facility by Wasatch Resource Recovery (WRR) is working to capture bad methane gases before they’re released into the atmosphere from organic waste we create and turn it into energy.

    “We hear about our carbon footprint a lot, food waste is big on our methane footprint,” said Morgan Bowerman of WRR.

    Methane is a greenhouse gas that is damaging to the air. About 20 percent more potent then CO2 - and it’s released by organic waste created by Utahns.

    Bowerman also says this process is not new but now the company is able to process a wider range of organic waste.

    She told 2News:

    At this facility, we are able to take the meat, dairy, the cooked foods and processed foods... sugary foods and packaged foods.... we get to do the full plate.

    When the new facility is in full swing it will be able to create enough gas to power a city the size of Bountiful.

    The facility will take in approximately 700 tons of waste per day from restaurants, grocery stores and large food manufacturing companies in Utah.



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