The technology behind waste-to-energy is called “plasma gasification”. It uses heat to break down the molecular structure of materials and convert them into gas.
"In essence, using our trash as an asset and not a liability."
Sacramento’s Assistant City Manager Marty Hanneman says the technology isn’t new. NASA was the first to use it.
"This technology has been around for 40, 50 years but the application is relatively new. We would be the first ones in California here to do that."
Hanneman says harvesting garbage to produce clean energy would help Sacramento become a green city.
If city council members move forward on the project, a plant could be built within the next five years.