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FoodCycler Municipal Program

Council has approved a FoodCycler pilot program. Join your community in tackling food waste by piloting FoodCycler™ technology in your home. 

In partnership with Food Cycle Science, the District of Tumbler Ridge will offer 200 FoodCycler™ units at a subsidized price to residents to use in their homes. Two different-sized units will be available to use.

Registration will open on May 1, 2023, and will remain open for two weeks. Only 200 units are available in the trial.

Once registrations have been received you will receive a further email at the end of the two-week period with further information. 

About the pilot project

The FoodCycler™ pilot project will measure the feasibility of in-home composting of food waste to help protect the environment and extend the lifespans of our regional landfills and reduce waste at our transfer station.

  • The FoodCycler™ pilot project is 12 weeks in length (June, July, and August 2023)
  • Participants will purchase the FoodCycler™ from the District of Tumbler Ridge for $150.00 or $300.00 (plus GST) 
  • Participants will receive a guide listing common acceptable materials, and hints and tips
  • Participants will complete a tracking sheet and one online survey upon conclusion of the 12-week pilot
  • Participating households will keep the FoodCycler™ following the conclusion of the pilot

The In-Home Food Waste Diversion Solution

Join the Municipality in tackling food waste by piloting FoodCycler™technology in your home. Support the Municipality by testing this innovative technology!

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Resident Guide

Food Cycle Science has created this guide as a resource for you while participating in the Pilot Program. In the following pages, you will find an FAQ section, an itemized list of items you can process with your FoodCycler™️ and a table you can use to track the number of cycles done with the FoodCycler™️ over the pilot period.


The usual retail cost of a FoodCycler™ is $500. Thanks to a subsidy from Food Cycle Science, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Impact Canada challenge, and the District, participants will purchase the FoodCycler™ from the District for just $150.00 (plus GST) or $300 (plus GST) depending on which model they choose.

About the FoodCycler

Founded in 2011, FoodCycle Science is a Canadian company that produces residential and commercial devices that use electricity to compost food waste into a finished compost product quickly.

FoodCycle Science's residential device is called FoodCycler™. It is 32 cm x 27.94 cm x 36.07 cm (approximately the size of a breadmaking machine). It can hold up to 1 kg (2.5 litres) of food waste. Using electricity, the device dries and grinds food waste (fruit cores, vegetable peels, dairy, chicken bones, and more) into a dry, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product 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.

Each "cycle" of composting takes approximately four to eight hours. The FoodCycler™ uses 0.8 kWh of electricity (approximately 10 cents per composting cycle).

The FoodCycler™ can be viewed as a complement to (not necessarily a replacement for) backyard composting or digesters.

Pilot project funding

This pilot project is funded by:

FoodCycler™ FAQs

Questions on operation or troubleshooting?

FoodCycler™ Science provides customer service support through their support line, 1-855-367-6692, and email address

This link will not activate until May 1, 8 am

Hard copy registrations are available at Town Hall.