Sen. Craig Miner, the Republican Senate chair of the General Assembly’s environment committee toured Quantum Biopower in Southington on Wednesday.

Last month's leftover casserole, rotting vegetables and other food waste will fuel two new facilities here to generate enough electricity to power thousands of homes a year.

Inside Quantum Biopower in Southington, Brian Paganini and I stood near a giant pit filled with taco shells, old hot chocolate powder, pasta, graham crackers, and lots of other old and expired food.