FoodCycler organic waste diversion project

This information current as of Monday August 9, 2021.

Enrollment for the FoodCycler Trial project has now ended.

What is the purpose of this program?

The purpose of the FoodCycler™ trial project is to measure the viability of on-site food waste processing technology as a method of waste diversion. By reducing food waste at home, you can support our community’s environmental goals, reduce your household’s carbon footprint and extend the life of our local landfill sites.

What is a FoodCycler?

image of a foodcycler unitThe 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, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. The end product is free from bacteria, and weed seeds and food-borne pathogens are eliminated in the process.

How does it work?

The folks at FoodCycler have a great information page with information about how the FoodCycler works.

How do I get one?

At this time all FoodCyclers available through the current trail project have been sold.

What do I need to do if I am selected as a program participant?

You will need to track use of your FoodCycler unit for a 12 week trial period.  During this time you can use the unit as much or as little as you need or want.  You are required to track how often you run the FoodCycler (i.e. how many cycles). You will be provided with a simple tracking sheet when you receive your unit. 

At the end of 12 weeks there will be another quick survey you are required to complete.  The survey shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete and will be comprised mostly of multiple choice questions related to your experience using the FoodCycler and your waste management practices.

How much will it cost?

Cost to purchase a unit through this trial program will be $150 plus HST.

What happens to my FoodCycler after the 12 week trial period?

You own your FoodCycler, you are welcome to do whatever you like with the unit after the 12 week trial.  We hope that you will continue to use it to divert food waste from landfill.

Why is the Township partnering in this trial program?

This is an initiative to address organic waste diversion in our Community. This trial program is evaluating use of FoodCyclers as a way of reducing the amount of organic waste going to landfill and reducing the amount of food waste in our Community.

This program is a partnership of the Township of Algonquin Highlands, Foodcycle Science, and Impact Canada

Who can I contact for more information?

Melissa Murray - Project Coordinator
705-489-2379 ext. 332



Image of draw prizes for trial participants who complete final user surveys - prizes options are a FoodCycler replacement bucket, set of replacement filters, tight fitting bucket lid and a covered collection container for food waste, with handle