FoodCycler Organic Waste Diversion Pilot Program

FoodCycler Organic Waste Diversion Pilot Program Returns for 2023! Round 3 now open for registration!

Did you want to participate in the Food Cycler pilot program but thought you missed your chance? You are in luck! We still have a few units still remaining! Round 3 of registration is now open and will remain open until all the units are claimed.

To register to purchase you subsidized unit, fill out the information at the link below:

Register Here:

Registration is open now until all remaining units are claimed! Once you register using the link above, the Municipal Coordinator will email with confirmation that your registration was successful and provide the details for pick-up. This is a manual process, so you will not receive automatic confirmation of registration, but we will follow up with 2-3 business days to confirm.

FoodCyler machines are a on-site composting alternative that help to divert organic waste from the landfill. The Municipality is partnering with Ottawa-based company Food Cycle Science Corporation with support from Impact Canada to make an additional 100 units available to residents at a discounted rate. Participants in the extended-pilot program will track their usage over a 12-week period and answer a brief exit survey to help the municipality and Food Cycle Science understand whether the program is effective.

Larger capacity units now available!

We are also excited to announce that we have two sizes of FoodCycler units available this year, we have the original FC-30 unit available with a 2.5L bucket capacity (cost to resident: $150.00 + Tax, normally retails for $499.00 + tax) OR we have the NEW Maestro units available that have a 5L bucket capacity (cost to resident $300 + tax, normally retails for $799.00 + tax). This new offering is based on the feedback received in the exit survey from the 2022 pilot program where residents said that they enjoyed using the machines and wished they had an even larger capacity.

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:

1.Register online:

 Register online while quantities last!

Register here:

2.Pay and Pick-Up your FoodCycler:

You will receive an email confirming your order with details for pick up from the Municipal Coordinator confimring your registration within 2-3 business days. Once you receive your email you can come to the Municipal office to pick-up and pay for your unit at 6020 Highway 542 in Mindemoya. Payment must be made at the time of pick-up and can be made by cash, debit or credit card. The subsidized cost of the FC-30 unit (2.5L bucket capacity) is $150 + HST which is favourable compared to the regular retail price of $499 + HST and the subsidized cost of the Maestro unit (5L bucket capacity) is $300.00 + HST compared to the regular retail price of $799.99.

3.Track Your Usage:

After you pick up the unit, you will track the number of times you run your machine during a12-week period. A tracking sheet will be provided digitally as part of the Resident Guide, but the exit survey will ask you to enter your data.

4.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

Contact Information:

For more information on the Municipality’s pilot program contact: Patricia Mader, Deputy Clerk & Special Projects Coordinator.


Phone: 1-705-377-5726

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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