Season 7, Episode 27

A Great Use for UC Irvine’s Garbage

Food scraps from UC Irvine’s commissary used to be sent to landfills where it  produced destructive greenhouse gases. But in Orange County, a state-of-the-art recycling plant takes that yucky garbage and turns it into a grey “smoothie,”a potent fuel that helps power engines at a water treatment plant. As reporter Nic Cha Kim discovered, this cutting edge technology may become more common as a new law goes into effect, requiring food waste to go somewhere other than landfills.