Waste authority hopes to ‘ramp up’ food scraps energy program

UTICA — What to do with those leftovers? Turn them into power.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is expected to digest 8 to 9 tons of food scraps per week initially this week when it fires up the machines associated with the organization’s Food2Energy program.

This should lead to a good amount of energy being produced.

“I think it is reasonable to say that an average of nine to 10 KWH per pound of SSO (Source Separated Organic Waste) can be generated,” said Solid Waste Authority Executive Director Bill Rabbia. “If we initially process roughly 8 tons a week, it could translate to 160,000 KWH. Other operating SSO digestion systems have estimated that for every ton of processed food waste can power 8 to 10 homes for a week.”

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