The program is being managed by the city, waste-to-energy company Quantum Biopower, Covanta and Paines Inc.

About 130 West Hartford homeowners are taking part in a 15-week experiment to see if average families can help change the depressing statistic that more than 20 percent of all American trash is food waste that is thrown out and burned or buried.

To coincide with National Bioenergy Energy Day, New York based not-for-profit firm, Energy Vision, has made awards to three innovative companies advancing renewable natural gas (RNG) from organic waste: Ameresco, Quantum Biopower, and CCI Bioenergy.