County of Haliburton FoodCycler Program

Haliburton County Council has approved an expanded FoodCycler pilot program. In partnership with Food Cycle Science, the County of Haliburton will be offering 500 FoodCycler units at a subsidized price for residents to use in their homes. Should more than 500 households request participation, households will be selected to participate through a lottery system. 
Two different sized units will be available to use.

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Registration closed on March 17, 2023

Download our FoodCycler acceptable materials poster.

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 landfills.

  • The FoodCycler pilot project is 12-weeks in length (April 10 to July 2, 2022)
  • Participants will purchase the FoodCycler from the Municipality of Dysart et al for $169.50 ($150.00 plus $19.50 HST)
  • Participants will receive a Dysart-branded guide listing common acceptable materials, and hints and tips
  • Participants will complete online surveys upon:
    • initial purchase and pickup of the FoodCycler
    • six-weeks of the pilot
    • conclusion of the 12-week pilot
    • six months following the pilot's conclusion
  • Participants will complete online weekly logs
  • Participating households will keep the FoodCycler following the conclusion of the pilot

Register to participate - CLOSED on March 31, 2022

Registration to participate in Dysart's FoodCycler pilot project ended on March 31, 2022. Over 275 registrations were received. Dysart conducted a draw to select the 100 participants. All registrants were emailed on the status of their participation.

One hundred Dysart households are needed to participate in this pilot.

Participants will be selected either by:

  • First come, first serve
  • Or, should more than 100 households request participation, through a lottery

Participants must be a permanent or seasonal resident in the Municipality of Dysart et al.

Participants will sign a Commitment of Participation agreeing to take part in the 12-week pilot including completing all required surveys and weekly logs.


The usual retail cost of a FoodCycler is $500. Thanks to a subsidy from Impact Canada, and a subsidy from Dysart, participants will purchase the FoodCycler from Dysart for just $169.50 ($150.00 plus $19.50 HST).

About the FoodCycler

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

FoodCycle Science's residential device is called FoodCycler. It is approximately 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 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.

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 is viewed as a complement to (not a replacement of) backyard composting or digesters.

Pilot project funding

This pilot project is funded by:


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