GenerationCollectionPre-ProcessingProcessingEnd Product - Natural GasEnd Product - FertilizerTurning Organics Into EnergySee how it works
GenerationCollectionPre-ProcessingProcessingEnd Product - Natural GasEnd Product - FertilizerTurning Organics Into EnergySee how it works

“While we might be small cookies in the overall scheme of things, it makes us feel good helping out the environment and our community by sending our brewing waste to Wasatch Resource Recovery.”

Tom Riemondy, Founder, Fisher Brewing Co.

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“The craft scene in Utah is a tight knit group of passionate people, and it is a top priority for us to be responsible stewards of the community.”

- Jon Lee, Brewmaster, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery

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“Turning our food waste into a renewable fuel helps us honor our commitment to be good stewards of the environment and community, while helping us reduce our carbon footprint.”

- Kate Whitbeck, Director of Sustainability, Harmons Grocery

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GenerationCollectionPre-ProcessingProcessingEnd Product - Natural GasEnd Product - Fertilizer
Turning Organics Into Energy
See how it works

"While we might be small cookies in the overall scheme of things, it makes us feel good helping out the environment and our community by sending our brewing waste to Wasatch Resource Recovery.”

- Tom Riemondy, Founder, Fisher Brewing Co.


SEE CASE STUDY

“The craft scene in Utah is a tight knit group of passionate people, and it is a top priority for us to be responsible stewards of the community.”

- Jon Lee, Brewmaster, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery


SEE CASE STUDY

“Turning our food waste into a renewable fuel helps us honor our commitment to be good stewards of the environment and community, while helping us reduce our carbon footprint.”

- Kate Whitbeck, Director of Sustainability, Harmons Grocery

The impact is clear!

400

tons per day of food waste diverted from the landfill

8,640

bags of fertilizer created per week

1,200

houses heated by natural gas for one year

Diverting Organic Waste to the Anaerobic Digester

Step 1: Organic waste is separated

Source separated organic waste (SSOW) is placed in a designated collection container at your place of business. Food waste can be contained in plastic bags and/or packaging.

Generation

Step 2: Collection and delivery

Collection

Organic waste is collected by your hauler, transported to North Salt Lake and delivered to the Wasatch Resource Recovery facility.

Step 3: Pre-processing/De-packaging

Organic waste is received at the facility and processed by a series of machines that will remove any contaminants or non-food material.

A. Grind

Organic waste enters a grinder where it is chopped into small pieces

Pre-Processing

B. Liquefy

Secondary water is added to the ground-up organic waste and mixed vigorously until it reaches a liquid state. By using secondary water, no potable water is used in this process.

B. Liquefy

Secondary water is added to the ground-up organic waste and mixed vigorously until it reaches a liquid state. By using secondary water, no potable water is used in this process.

C. Screen

The material passes through a rotating screen where any packaging or contaminants are washed free of remaining organic material and removed, while all organic material is fed into the digester.

Step 4: Digest

Processing

Organic waste in the digester is heated to aid the growth of microbes. These microbes break down in the organic matter, without the use of oxygen, resulting in biogas production.

Product 1: Renewable Energy

Biogas is captured and purified before it is converted into biomethane (renewable natural gas) and fed into the nearby gas pipeline and sold into the market as renewable “green” power. WRR will supply enough natural gas for approximately 40,000 people or 15,000 homes, a community the size of Bountiful, Utah.

End Product - Natural Gas

Product 2: Bio-based Fertilizer

End Product - Fertilizer

The remaining product is a nutrient-rich, carbon-based fertilizer used to grow crops.

Additional Info: Organic Waste Facts

Organic waste makes up nearly 30% of our landfills, which, if diverted, can result in considerable cost savings for businesses, institutions and service providers.

Organic waste can include fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, fats, liquids, raw food, prepared food, food processing waste, brewery waste, canned and bottled waste, etc.

Tipping fees for the Wasatch Resource Recovery Facility will be considerably less than the average landfill along the Wasatch Front.*

*Based on 7-8% contamination rate by weight.