The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal is partnering once again with Cornwall/Ottawa based company, Food Cycle Science to offer a second pilot project for the on-site food waste diversion solution based on the success of the initial pilot program.

To further reduce the amount of organic material going to the landfill, The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal is providing 100 additional FoodCycler units at a subsidized price for residents on a first-come, first served basis. Registration opens on Monday, January 23, 2023. Your advanced order and payment here will reserve a unit for you, which can be picked up at the specified date and location.

Online Registration Form

Taking into consideration customer feedback received following the initial pilot program, Food Cycle Science now offers two (2) unit sizes to accommodate varying composting needs:

The 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. This unit is available at a subsidized price of $300.00 + HST to residents of the Township. 

The original FoodCycler FC50

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. This unit is available at a subsidized price of $150.00 + HST to residents of the Township. 

 

To participate in this initiative and purchase a FoodCycler unit, you will be required to register. Registrations will be on a first-come, first served basis. Registration opens on Monday, January 23, 2023. 

Each resident must track their FoodCycler usage and provide this data at the end of the 12 weeks, through a survey that will be circulated.

What is the purpose of the pilot program?

The purpose of the FoodCycler™ pilot program 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 landfill sites.

What is a FoodCycler™?

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, 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.

Track the number of cycles

You will need to track the number of cycles over a 12-week period, starting no later than February 13th. A tracking sheet will be provided with the purchase of your FoodCycler™.

Answer a brief exit survey

As a participant, you will be required to complete a brief exit survey at the end of the 12-week period. The survey will be sent to you by email near the end of the pilot program. 

Benefits

Aside from diverting food waste from landfills, the by-product of the decomposition process is a nutrient rich soil amendment. It can be stored indefinitely in a dry sealed container, used to fertilize your lawn or garden, or added to your existing composter. Learn more about the benefits in the Resident Guide.

FoodCycler is looking to achieve the following through this proposed partnership:

  • Receive high-quality data from pilot program participants regarding food waste diversion (data to be submitted to Impact Canada).
  • Receive high-quality feedback from residents, staff, and council regarding the feasibility of a FoodCycler food waste diversion program for municipalities (feedback to be submitted to Impact Canada).
  • Demonstrate the viability of our technology and solutions in a municipal setting so the model can be redeployed in other similar communities in Canada.

The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal would receive several benefits through this partnership as well:

  • Opportunity to trial a food waste diversion solution at a cost well below market prices.
  • Reduce food waste going to landfill which supports local climate change goals.
  • Opportunity to bring new technology to residents at an affordable price.
  • Obtaining data that could be used to develop a future organic waste diversion program.