The banana peels tossed in Sacramento green waste bins may soon end up in the gas tanks of local garbage trucks.
The nation's largest anaerobic digestion system is scheduled to be installed at the county's South Transfer Station in August. When it is, Atlas Disposal trucks will start dumping their green waste there. The system will turn the waste into the compressed natural gas the trucks need to run.
Clean World Partners will operate the facility. CEO Michelle Wong says the process they're using was developed at UC Davis.
WONG: "A biological process transforms the organic waste into biogass, which is then converted into CNG, electricity, and then the residual products that come out of the process are converted to organic soil-amendement products. "
Atlas Disposal's management says all of its trucks will run on renewable natural gas by 2016.