For immediate release: February 23, 2022
Dysart seeks participants for home composting pilot project
Do you have a passion for food waste reduction and composting? Have you been hesitant about using a backyard composter or digester?
Now’s your opportunity to participate in a pilot project that uses an indoor composting machine to quickly turn food scraps into a type of fertilizer.
The Municipality of Dysart et al is seeking 100 Dysart households for its FoodCycler pilot project that will measure the feasibility of in-home composting to help protect the environment.
The FoodCycler uses electricity to quickly compost food waste (fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones, and more) into a finished compost product. The FoodCycler is approximately the size of a bread making machine, and can hold up to 1 kg of food waste. Using electricity, the device dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product which can be used as a fertilizer.
The pilot project is 12-weeks in length, running from April 10 to July 2, 2022.
The usual retail cost of a FoodCycler is $500. Thanks to a subsidy from Impact Canada, and a subsidy from Dysart, participants will purchase the FoodCycler from Dysart for just $169.50 ($150.00 plus $19.50 HST).
Participants will be selected either on a first come, first serve basis; or, should more than 100 households request participation, through a lottery. Participants must be a permanent or seasonal resident in the Municipality of Dysart et al.
Participants must commit to take part in the 12-week pilot project. To track their usage and thoughts about the FoodCycler and composting, participants will complete a number of online surveys, and online weekly logs.
To learn more or to register as participant, visit www.dysartetal.ca/foodcycler. The deadline to register is March 31, 2022.
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