FOOD WASTE SOLUTIONS

IN-HOME FOOD WASTE DIVERSION

To encourage at-home composting and reduce the amount of organic material going to the landfill, the Township of Greater Madawaska is participating in a pilot study through FoodCycle Science to investigate the feasibility of residential in-home composting.

FoodCycle Science offers a Municipal Pilot Program subsidized by Impact Canada. The Township is participating in this subsidized pilot program and we have 92 residents registered. The basics of the pilot program is:

  • purchase a FoodCycler unit at a cost of $150 (regular unit) to $300 (large unit)
  • track the number of cycles over a 12 week period
  • complete a survey at the end of the 12 week period


PROGRAM PARTICIPATION 

Pre-registration for residents interested in participating in the program began in June 2023 and is now closed.
Participants were notified that their Foodcycler units could be picked up at the Township Office, as of October 4, 2023. 
The office is open Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 
The deadline for pick-up is November 10, 2023.
If you missed out on pre-registering but are interested, please let us know and we can put you on a waiting list for any units that become available.
The cost is $150 + HST for the FC-30 and $300 + HST for the Eco 5. 
Payment can be made by debit or cash, credit cards are not accepted. 

Accessories for your Foodcycler unit, such as filter refills, can be purchased online directly from the Foodcycler Store.

BACKGROUND
Founded in 2011, FoodCycle Science is a Canadian company that produces residential and commercial devices that use electricity to quickly compost food waste into a finished compost product.

FoodCycle Science's residential device is called FoodCycler. Using electricity, the device dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. The end product claims to be free from bacteria and weed seeds and food-borne pathogens are eliminated in the process. Each "cycle" of composting in the FoodCycler takes approximately 4 to 8 hours and uses only 0.8 to 1.3 kWh of electricity.
Specific benefits of using the FoodCycler include:
• 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.

The FoodCycler is available in two sizes:
Original FoodCycler FC30
Slightly more compact, the original FoodCycler™ boasts a 2.5L bucket capacity and is the perfect household helper to turn your food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment in just hours. The FoodCycler FC30 takes approximately 4 to 8 hours and uses 0.8 kWh of electricity.
This unit is available at a subsidized price of $150.00 + HST to residents of the Township. 
New FoodCycler Maestro
The 5L bucket capacity makes it perfect for families and anyone with lots of food scraps. Featuring the new innovative Vortech™ grinding system, Maestro can tackle even the toughest of jobs in just hours, transforming your food waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment. And just like the original, Maestro fits seamlessly into your daily routine. The FoodCycler Maestro takes 6 to 8 hours and uses 1.3 kWh of electricity.
This unit is available at a subsidized price of $300.00 + HST to residents of the Township.
For more detailed information about Food Cycle Science, the FoodCycler Unit, and the Municipal Subsidized Pilot Program, please refer to the April 20, 2023 Council Meeting Agenda Package. In the package you will find the presentation that was made to Council by Jacob Hanlon of Food Cycle Science Corporation.

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