FoodCycler Organic Waste Diversion Pilot Project

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is excited to launch an innovative pilot program that will offer residents the opportunity to test out FoodCycler composting machines in their own home!

FoodCycler machines are an on-site composting solution that help divert organic waste from the landfill. The Municipality is partnering with Ottawa based company Food Cycle Science Corporation and Impact Canada to make 50 units available at a discounted rate to residents of Central Manitoulin during a 12-week pilot project.

***Program sign up and waiting list is now closed May 4, 2022, thank you for your interest in this program.***

What is a FoodCycler?

The 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 FoodCycler grinds and dehydrates food waste reducing its volume and weight. The FoodCycler website has lots of great information. Check out this how-it-works page:

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Are you Interested in Participating?

Participating is easy! If you are a resident of Central Manitoulin and wish to participate, follow these steps:

UPDATE! The first 50 units have been claimed! We are excited about the positive response and are hoping to extend the program to include additional units. Help us to do that by joining the waitlist!! If there is enough confirmed interest to secure an additional shipment, we will place an additional order.

  • Registration opens April 4, 2022 and runs until April 20 or until all 50 units are claimed.  The program is filling up quickly so we have transitioned to the waitlist phase. 

  • ***Program sign up and waiting list is now closed May 4, 2022, thank you for your interest in this program.***

Pay and Pick Up-Pick Your FoodCycler

  • Pick-up for the units will be on May 3, 4 and 5 at the Municipal Office at 6020 Highway 542 in Mindemoya. Payment can be made by cash, debit or credit card when you pick up your unit. The subsidized cost of each unit is $150 + HST which is favourable compared to the regular retail price of $499 + HST.

Track your usage

  • The pilot project will run from May 9, 2022 to August 1st. You just keep track of the number of cycles for a 12 week period, and submit the tracking sheet to the Municipality at the end of the pilot.

Answer a Brief exit survey

  • To help us understand the viability of continuing the pilot and to measure the amount of food waste diverted from the landfill over the 12-week period, you will be sent a brief exit survey at the end of the 12-weeks. 

Additional Resources

Municipality of Central Manitoulin FoodCycler Pilot Program Resident Guide

Municipality of Central Manitoulin FoodCycler Flyer

FoodCycler One Page Explainer

Who can I contact for more information?

Patricia Mader – Municipal Coordinator, Special Projects


The pilot project is made possible with support from:

A Little About Central

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and beaches. The Municipality includes the villages and hamlets of Mindemoya, Providence Bay, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake. We offer diverse attractions and unique landmarks such as our sandy beach in Providence Bay or access to Lake Manitou, the largest lake on the island. We invite you to visit our community in the "heart" of Manitoulin Island. 

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