A memorable part of the “Back to the Future” movies was the Mr. Fusion reactor on the DeLorean that turned garbage into time-traveling power.
Plasma Arc Gasification
A technology like that of the Mr. Fusion does exist, it’s just not so compact, or everyday. It’s called plasma arc gasification and it’s both more efficient and cleaner than simple garbage incineration for power.
Cleaner But Expensive
There are plasma waste conversion plants in Asia and Europe, but it’s still more expensive than other energy alternatives, at least for now.