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Dysart et al running a composting pilot project

The municipality of Dysart et al is looking for residents who have a “passion for food waste reduction and composting.”

They’re starting a three-month home composting pilot project. Officials with the municipality are looking for 100 households for its FoodCycler project. Officials say it will help them figure out if in-home composting is a feasibility idea for council to take on.

“Dysart has a desire to minimize the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills,” John Watson, Environmental Manager, says.

The FoodCycler is an electricity-based composter that can “quickly compost food waste like fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones, and more into a finished compost product,” town staff explain.

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Participants will have to buy the FoodCycler through the municipality, which will cost $169.50. The feedback will be used to see if it’s worth the municipality offering in-home composters to residents. Watson says in the past they have provided backyard composters and digesters to residents.

The pilot project runs from April 10 to July 2. However, Watson says residents who take part will not have to return the FoodCycler, so town staff will follow up with them again, likely in December, to get more data.

He says that information will be brought back to council at a later date.

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