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All eight of UConn's dining halls on campus will send kitchen and post-dining food waste to Quantum BioPower in Southington, Conn.

The actual composting is performed by firms like Quantum Biopower, which places the food waste in an industrial anaerobic digesting facility. During decomposition, the waste gives off methane, which is collected and burned in the same way that natural gas is.

Quantum Biopower was able to build Connecticut's first anaerobic digester in the absence of such regulatory policies — in part by sourcing material from neighboring states that do have them —but was also a beneficiary of the ITC before it expired.