In order to combat the trash problem, Fusion Industries mass-produced one hundred million Mr. Fusion home energy reactors, which contained tiny nuclear reactors fueled by trash, were installed in homes around the world.
However, in 2045, a nuclear holocaust was caused by Griff Tannen, who uploaded a virus to the popular social network created by GriffTech, ThingMeme. It was supposed to flash the word 'butthead' on every object on Earth, but instead the virus caused a short circuit in the Mr. Fusion network, resulting in a nuclear explosion in all one hundred million of the tiny nuclear reactors present in every unit.
Emmett Brown traveled back in time to prevent the invention of hoverboards and the Mr. Fusion, in order to prevent the 2045 nuclear holocaust from occurring. As the invention of the hoverboard led to the invention of the flying car, it's unlikely great trash storms occurred in the new timeline.
- Doc Brown Saves the World (Mentioned only)