Hearst residents are being invited to participate in a food waste recycler pilot program. Registration begins on Tuesday morning through the town’s website where one of two food cyclers can be purchased and then its use monitored for a 12 week period.
Director of Public Works and Engineering Services Luc Leonard says he hopes everyone will take a liking to composting and eventually grow their own gardens.
“It will certainly benefit people who are currently in apartments and don’t have access to traditional composting bins.” he said. “During winter time it’s always a little more difficult to do composting so this will certainly help out residents in that sense.”
The Food Cycler is the size of a small appliance and can be placed on a counter or even in a basement.
Leonard says the first 100 people will be able to participate.
“They need to fill out a small questionnaire which will be submitted to food cycle science and with that information they can better understand how people are using their product,” he said. “If there is any way that their products in general can be used to increase diversion of food waste to landfill.”
Hearst Town Council approved the project in late spring.