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FoodCycler In-Home Waste Diversion Program

Are you interested in…

  • Reducing food waste at home?
  • Reducing nuisances from racoons, pests, and other vermin?
  • Reducing your monthly trash production?
  • Reducing your household’s carbon footprint?
  • Extending the life of your community’s local landfill?

Did you know...

  • Did you know that up to 50% of household waste is composed of food waste.
  • By helping your municipality address food waste, you are supporting your community’s environmental initiatives, while reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Every tonne of food waste diverted from landfill is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 tonnes of CO2e before transportation emissions.
  • Discussions with Food Cycle Science have indicated that based on previous pilot projects in other municipalities, the Town of Kirkland Lake has the opportunity to divert approximately 20 – 25 Metric Tonnes of organic waste from the landfill per year with just 100 units.

FoodCycler Pilot Program

The Town of Kirkland Lake is considering entering into an agreement with Food Cycle Science to establish a pilot program that would allow for 100 FoodCycler machines to be purchased by residents of Kirkland Lake at a discounted cost of $150 plus HST (FC-30 Model – Regularly $500) or $300 plus HST (Maestro Model – Regularly $800) in exchange for recording their usage over the course of the program. Once the pilot program is complete, the FoodCycler machine is yours to keep!

Please note that only one entry per household is permitted.
Funded Pilot Program Options

The pilot program would run for 12 weeks. Each household that received a FoodCycler would be asked to track how many “cycles” they ran their FoodCycler through each week. For example, if you filled your FoodCycler up with organic waste and ran the machine once per day for a week, you would mark down that you ran your unit 7 times. This tracking would allow FoodCycle Science and the Municipality to estimate the total waste diversion achieved over the 12-week pilot program. At the end of the 12 weeks, participants would be asked to fill out an exit survey, providing their review of the program and any other feedback they might have. The survey results would then be used to evaluate the program's success.

What is a FoodCycler?

The FoodCycler™ is a closed-loop indoor compost alternative that speeds up the natural decomposition process through aerobic digestion of waste. The unit dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odorless nutrient-rich by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. The product is free from bacteria, weed seeds, and food-borne pathogens that were eliminated during the process.

Benefits of the FoodCycler™:

  • Up to 90% volume reduction
  • Quiet, compact, odourless operation
  • Easy to clean, easy to operate, no special training or skills required
  • Quick (compared to composting, the FoodCycler™ processes food waste in hours, instead of months)
  • Produces a valuable soil amendment, low in odour, and less attractive to wildlife.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) impact vs. landfill.

FoodCycler By-Product