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FoodCycler for Schools

$375.00

In stock (can be backordered)

In stock (can be backordered)

 

The FoodCycler for Schools is an indoor compost alternative which transforms food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer (we call ‘foodilizer’!) for the garden. In 4-6 hours, this compost food recycler will reduce food waste volume and weight by up to 90%, leaving a dry, odourless and sterile by-product which can be safely handled by students and teachers.

The FoodCycler for Schools provides authentic, hands-on learning opportunities for students of all ages, which can be easily connected to curriculum. It can be used to complement units of study on solid waste (i.e., food waste, waste reduction). It can activate research into the science of decomposition or an inquiry into the benefits of compost. Use the fertilizer from the FoodCycler to amend soil for your indoor plants or school gardens and watch them flourish!

By using a FoodCycler, you are keeping your school (or organization / household) food waste out of landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% vs. sending it to the landfill.

The FoodCycler for Schools is:

  • quiet
  • compact
  • odourless
  • easy to use
  • energy efficient

Each FoodCycler for Schools kit contains:

  • 1 x FoodCycler FC-30
  • 1 x Removable Grinding Bucket
  • 1 x Deodorizing Bucket Lid
  • 5 x Set of Carbon Filters (1 set in the unit, 4 extra sets)
  • 1 x Instructional Guide
  • Educational Support Materials (below)

DOWNLOADS

  1. FoodCycler for Schools Overview 
  2. Congratulations on your new FoodCycler!
  3. Félicitations pour votre nouveau FoodCycler!
  4. FoodCycler Learning & Action Kit 
  5. Le kit d’apprentissage et d’action FoodCycler

PLUS: Every order made for these between now and June 30 will receive $50 towards their next purchase! 

EcoSchools Connections & Lesson Ideas:

  1. Vermicomposting & School-Based Composting: Learn about decomposition and how your FoodCycler turns food scraps into fertilizer!
  2. Reduce Your Food Waste: Use the FoodCycler to audit and significantly reduce your school’s food waste.
  3. Pollinator Garden & Grow a Food Garden: Use your FoodCycler by-product to nourish bee-friendly plants or grow vegetables in a food garden!
  4. Indoor Gardening & Greenhouses: Nourish your indoor plants by incorporating your by-product into their soil – or start new seeds with by-product and fresh soil!

Teacher FAQ’s:

  1. How long is the warrantee? The FoodCycler comes with a standard 1-year manufacturer warrantee.
  2. How much power does it use per cycle? The processing time is about 4-8 hours and uses less than >0.8kWh
  3. Have you verified that this would accommodate the amount of organic waste that a classroom would produce in a day? We recommend running the cycle after snack time and then after lunch to accommodate the food waste.
  4. In the winter months in cold climates do teachers just collect this into a larger bin, say a garbage bin with a lid, and then do you dig it in garden beds in the spring when the ground has thawed? You can bin the by-product during the winter months and use it for your garden in the spring.
  5. Has this been found to be a wildlife attractant, or is the smell reduced enough? Can you leave it in a bin outside without risk of wildlife being attracted? Many of our pilot partners are from small rural areas where they do not have a green bin collection service and cannot compost due to the fear of attracting bears and other animals. They have not had an issue with attracting animals with the by-product of the FoodCycler!
  6. What is the recommended amount that this be added to the soil? We recommend adding 1-part foodilizer (the by-product generated by the FoodCycler) to a minimum of 10 parts soil. You can add more foodilizer over time.

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Ethical Elements: The FoodCycler is a game changer for students being able to compost effectively. Most components of the FoodCycler are recyclable. Additionally, our switch to refillable filters is one of the many initiatives we’re working on to make our practices more sustainable. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: We are excited to be partnering with EcoSchools Canada on this initiative, which they piloted with schools in 2021. All proceeds go back to non-profits, but a specific amount is earmarked to go to EcoSchools.

Feedback + Testimonials

“I am so amazed at the reduction in waste and by how easy it is to use. I have been running mine every second day and transitioned seamlessly to incorporating it into my lifestyle.” – Mayor Cheryl Fort (Hornepayne, ON)

“I was actually astounded by what it could do.” – Mayor John Dooley (Nelson, BC)

“She:kon, I think this project was spectacular and was well received by our community. We are going to work diligently to keep this partnership going as we seek to address climate change in Akwesasne and divert waste. I see this as part of us fulfilling our roles and responsibilities to creation as well as future generations. Sken:nen,” – Abraham Francis, Environmental Services Manager (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, ON/QC)

“It alleviates a lot of the concerns that people might have with backyard composting. The time commitment, the location, pests and animals and everything like that.” – Kylie Hissa, Strategic Initiatives Officer (Kenora, ON)

“As soon as anybody tries it, they’re like, ‘I want one.’” – Melissa Murray, Environmental Coordinator (Algonquin Highlands, ON)

“You know, you are always skeptical when you see a product like this, but when you see how it does reduce waste by 20:1 or more, it’s just a real wise investment for anybody.” – Perry Kelly, Manager of Public Works (Bancroft, ON)

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Weight 18 kg
Dimensions 48 × 48 × 48 cm
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