Breville launches the FoodCycler

4th December 2020 | Eativity editors

In Australia, roughly 40 percent of the 8.5 million tonnes of waste that goes into landfill each year is generated by domestic households. While composting is a great way to do your bit towards diverting food waste, not every household has the capacity to compost, and not all food scraps are able to be composted.

Now a new solution is available, at least for those of us who have a spare $500 on hand – the Breville FoodCycler can reduce household food waste by 80 percent, eliminating 100 percent of greenhouse gas emissions typically generated by food sent to landfill.

The FoodCycler transforms household food waste into nutrient-rich “EcoChips” using a three-stage cycle. The system pulverises and dries nearly all types of food waste, reducing it to small particles, while simultaneously aerating and heating, which helps decompose and sterilise the waste. It’s odourless, quiet, uses minimal energy and is easy to clean.

The system can transform most fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, chicken and fish bones, cereals, dairy, eggs and shells, coffee grounds, filters and tea bags, beans, seeds and legumes, as well as pet food. It’s a light and compact appliance that can be used and stored anywhere in the home, not just the kitchen.

The system operates in three stages. First, it dehydrates and sterilises food scraps, then it grinds them down, reducing the volume of the scraps by around 80 percent and forming EcoChips. It then cools down the chips for safe and easy disposal. It’s also energy efficient – eight hours of food-cycling is equivalent to boiling a kettle nine times.

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