U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., started his political career here, and he returned to town last week to tour a newly opened, $14 million facility that soon will begin producing electricity using food waste from across the state.

Packaged hot dogs, lettuce and other food scraps sat near a mixing pit at Quantum Biopower’s energy plant on Depaolo Drive, waiting to be mashed up and turned into electricity-generating power.

Diversion Dynamics

In Southington, Connecticut, two biogas projects are a testimony to both the catalyzing impact of new organics diversion laws, and their limits.