Join your municipality in tackling food waste by piloting FoodCycler™ technology in your home. Support your municipality by testing this innovative technology!
Pilot Program Resident Guide
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
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.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME?
Not much! Purchase a FoodCycler™ from your municipality at a subsidized cost, track your use once a week for a period of 12 weeks and then answer a brief exit survey.
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.
PURCHASE YOUR UNIT
FoodCycler™ FC-30: $150 CAD (+ tax)
FoodCycler™ Eco 5: $300 CAD (+ tax)
Divert your food waste using the FoodCycler™ for a period of 12 weeks. Track the amount of waste you divert with a tracking sheet (to be provided to you by the municipality).
Fill out a closing survey (to be provided by the municipality) about your experience using the FoodCycler™. Once complete, the FoodCycler™ is yours to keep!
The funded pilot program is based on a cost subsidy model where Food Cycle Science provides an initial discount, Impact Canada contributes an investment, The Nation Municipality provides a subsidy, and the resident provides the remaining contribution The purpose of this model is to make this technology accessible to more Canadians at an affordable price. See the model breakdowns below.
Participants in the FoodCycler program will be selected on a first come first served basis. Registering for the program here does not guarantee your spot in the program. You will be contacted if you are selected to participate.
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Each cycle consumes approximately 0.8-1.5 kWh per cycle, which is roughly equivalent to having a desktop computer running for the same amount of time as the cycle. Depending on where you live, using the FoodCycler™ regularly should not cost you more than $2-$4 per month. The FoodCycler™ has built-in sensor technology that monitors the dryness and humidity of the food waste. Once complete, the unit will stop the cycle automatically.
In the FoodCycler™ Eco 5™, a typical cycle takes between 4-9 hours for the food waste to become completely dehydrated and processed into the by-product.
For the FC-30 units it takes 4-8 for the food waste to become completely dehydrated and processed.
The time needed depends on the amount of food waste being processed, the density of the food wastes and the moisture levels contained in each.
Please note that these estimates exclude the unit’s cooling time which lasts less than a half hour on average.
The carbon filters last between 3-4 months with regular use, or 500 cycle hours. The life expectancy of the carbon filters is determined by the moisture content of the food waste, and the natural odours of the food waste. Denser, wetter and smellier food wastes will go through filters much faster than simple veggie scraps and egg shells. The filter light sensor is a guide only – the best indication of whether your filters require replacement is odour. Please see your device manual for instructions to reset the filter light.Buy Replacement Filters
Nearly any covered area with access to an outlet. The FoodCycler™ must be in a closed, dry environment where there is no risk of it being rained on or otherwise subjected to the elements. Possible locations include heated garages, basements, pantries, or your kitchen.