The FoodCycler™ is a closed-loop indoor compost alternative, which 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.

Discussions with Food Cycle Science have indicated that based on previous pilot projects in other Canadian municipalities, the Township of South Stormont has the opportunity to divert approximately 80 Metric Tonnes of organic waste from the landfill per year with just 200 units.

Before and After image of FoodCycler processed food

Why are Food Waste Solutions So Important?

Ontario’s waste stream is comprised of approximately 32% organic waste (Source: Adapted from Reports on Organic Waste Management in Ontario, prepared for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, 2015). Methane gas, produced during the decomposition of organic materials in an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment such as in landfilling, is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. The Province of Ontario has identified keeping food and organic waste out of the disposal stream as a high priority for the province.

The Province of Ontario Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement (published April 30, 2018) included targets for waste reduction and resource recovery of food and organic waste in larger municipalities, multi-unit residential buildings, industrial and commercial facilities, educational institutions, and hospitals from 50% to 70% by 2025. While these targets are not applicable to the Township of South Stormont, they do give an idea of the scale of diversion that is being worked on across the province.

In addition to the harmful methane gasses produced in landfills as a result of high organic waste content, organic waste is also a contributor to high waste management operating costs. Larger quantities of household garbage due to organic waste increases collection costs and disposal fees.

Who is Food Cycle Science?

Food Cycle Science, the Canadian company behind the FoodCycler is based out of Ottawa and our neighbour, the City of Cornwall. The company is actively working with municipalities across Canada to develop and support initiatives to divert food waste from landfills. The FoodCycler™ is marketed and sold globally under the FoodCycler™ and Vitamix™ brands. Through municipal programs, FoodCycler™ is able to offer significant discounts and support for their product.