How this North Salt Lake plant will turn table scraps into natural gas

NORTH SALT LAKE — It is the only one of its kind in Utah, or the West for that matter, and it quietly occupies a patch of land in North Salt Lake, gobbling up the food waste from yogurt manufacturers, used restaurant oil, bad batches of beer, soda pop and discarded produce from grocery stores.

“What we did is build a synthetic animal out here,” said Morgan Bowerman, sustainability manager for Wasatch Resource Recovery.

Food waste is the largest waste stream in the United States, with an estimated 40% of the food produced in the country ending up never consumed.

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The Food Waste Place: Wasatch Resource Recovery’s Anaerobic Digester

Until this year, most of the organic waste from restaurants, grocery stores and food-manufacturing plants throughout the valley had one ignominious end: the landfill. Our discarded foodstuffs just lie there, gassing off methane into the atmosphere and can take up to 25 years to decompose a mere head of lettuce. But now, there’s a much better option, thanks to Wasatch Resource Recovery’s brand-spanking-new anaerobic digester facility, which opened its doors this February. Located in the South Davis Sewer District, this enormous facility takes in every variety of organic/food waste and recycles it into useable natural gas and high-quality organic fertilizer.

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Utah Facility Turns Old Food Into Renewable Energy

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah – A Utah facility has come up with what they call a solution to the food waste problem while creating natural energy.

“This really is the solution along the Wasatch Front for food waste,” said Morgan Bowerman, resource recovery and sustainability manager with Wasatch Resource Recovery.

Bowerman said the facility gives grocery stores, restaurants and food producers another option instead of sending their food waste to a landfill.

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No more free bags, a cannabis vendor and other news as Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market opens Saturday

Waste not • The market will continue its push to be a zero-waste event. Once again, there will be no plastic bottles sold, Einerson said. This year, Wasteless Solutions will be collecting and transporting still-edible produce and food products to the hungry. Food that no longer can be donated will be hauled to Wasatch Resource Recovery’s new digester. The North Salt Lake facility turns food waste into natural gas and fertilizer.

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Utah’s rotten, stinky food can now be transformed into natural gas and fertilizer. Grocery stores and restaurants rejoice.

North Salt Lake • Imagine Utah as home to a voracious beast, able to consume 5 million gallons of food scraps — from rotten lettuce and rancid hamburger to spoiled milk and dirty frying oil.

What if this giant creature could grind and liquefy the waste, keeping it out of landfills and turning it into useful products such as natural gas and fertilizer?

This animal isn’t make-believe. It exists and is just waiting to be fed the stinkiest, sourest, most disgusting leftovers the state can scrape off its plates.

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Cutting-edge technologies catapult today’s manufacturing plants into tomorrow

Anaerobic digester for food waste

Earlier this year, Wasatch Resource Recovery (WRR), Salt Lake City, Utah, opened the doors to what is said to be Utah’s first anaerobic digester for food waste. Once operational, the facility, designed in partnership with ALPRO Energy & Water, Salt Lake City, Utah, and South Davis Sewer District, West Bountiful, Utah, will house two anaerobic digesters that divert food waste from landfills to produce enough natural gas for a city the size of Bountiful, Utah.

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Zero Hunger Hero: Shrinking landfills by turning trash into natural gas

Utah is now home to breakthrough technology in reducing greenhouse gases.
Wasatch Resource Recovery, a partnership between ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District., is capturing those gases and helping us heat our homes with what we throw in the trash.

We visited the South Davis Sewer District in North Salt Lake, wondering what are those big dome things dotted around the property?

Morgan Bowerman, whorecruits food producers to donate to Wasatch Resource Recovery, said, similar to human stomachs, the tanks are anaerobic digestors, busy turning our waste into a hot commodity – clean energy. Inside the big tanks, the environment is optimal to host microscopic organisms that digest waste and put off methane, a potent natural gas.

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North Salt Lake is turning Food into Fuel

In this episode we visit Joe’s Valley where the largest bouldering festival in the Rockies takes place. When the locals- who mostly work in coal mines and power plants- first met these ‘climbers without ropes’ they were skeptical. Five years, a few rodeos and many meals later, these coal miners and the boulderers have created a community that is rare in this day. AND a new facility in North Salt Lake is turning Food into Fuel. Organic waste goes in and usable methane comes out. Come along and learn about your world!

Zero Hunger Hero: Salt Palace Convention Center

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Conventions at the Salt Palace brought more than half a million people through its doors in 2018, in fact it was a record-breaking year!

With so many people, who’d think all their food, drink and trash is the biggest source of waste, but it’s not. “They’re completely away from plastic straws, they don’t use styrofoam and most of their stuff is either recyclable or biodegradable,” says Chance Thompson, SMG Senior Manager at the Salt Palace.

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Utah company turning food waste into renewable energy

A Utah company opened a facility that can capture renewable energy from food waste to produce enough natural gas for a city the size of Bountiful.

Wasatch Resource Recovery said on Thursday that the facility will prevent methane from being released into the atmosphere.

The impact will be equal to removing more than 75,000 cars from the highway annually.

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