The company is still waiting on operating approvals, but it could begin generating electricity for local building as soon as next year.

Technology has caught up with “Back to the Future” where food waste is converted into energy. It’s not Doc Brown dropping a banana peel into Mr. Fusion to power his Deloreon time machine, but rather Quantum Biopower’s new anaerobic digester — the first of its kind in the state.

Brian Paganini, managing director of Quantum Biopower, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony with company and state officials Tuesday afternoon.