FoodCycler organic waste diversion project

Enrollment for the FoodCycler Trial project has now ended.

What was 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.  The Township is investigating options to expand this program, but details are not available at this time.

How much do FoodCyclers cost?

Residents of Algonquin Highlands were able to purchase a unit through a funded trial program at a cost of $150 plus HST.  It is not know at this time if funding will be available to continue to offer FoodCyclers at a discounted cost.  Regular retail cost of a FoodCycler unit is $499 plus HST.

Why did the Township partner in a 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

This page last updated January 13, 2022


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