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Huron-Kinloss residents can try FoodCycler unit for organic waste

Residents of Huron-Kinloss can join a pilot project which is expected to reduce the amount of organic waste headed to the landfill.

The Township is involved in the Municipal Innovation Council’s pilot project in partnership with Canadian company Food Cycle Science Corporation.

Residents can sign up to receive an innovative food composting unit, called a FoodCycler, at a subsided rate. They'll have to track how much food waste they keep out of the garbage over the 12 week study, but people get to keep the system when the project is complete.

The countertop unit uses a specialized grinding system to produce an odorless, nutrient-rich material that can be used as a fertilizer. The company says it can cut the volume of food waste by up to 90 per cent including meat, bones, pits, and eggshells. That means fewer garbage bags, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with fewer trips to the dump.

"Program participants will have the option of two unit sizes depending on their needs: the original FoodCyclerTM FC-30 is available at a cost of $150 plus HST and features a 2.5L bucket capacity, ideal for households of 1-2 people; the FoodCyclerTM Maestro is available for $300 plus HST with a 5L bucket capacity, recommended for households of 3 or more," according to the municipality.

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