One man's trash is another man's ... electricity

11/10/2009 | USA Today

A utility company in the San Francisco area is collecting food scraps from 2,300 Bay area restaurants and grocery stores to create electricity. The scraps are collected in large tanks and, after processing, they yield methane gas, which the East Bay Municipal Utility District then uses to help power its wastewater facility. The EPA estimates that processing 50% of the country's food scraps in the same manner could power 2.5 million homes annually.

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