The Food Cycler was chosen by engineering students from Carleton University as their "Big Green Idea"

For The WalMart Green Student Challenge

Walmart Canada recognizes that one person can make a big difference, and is proud to host the Green Student Challenge for the second year. We are challenging all post-secondary students to showcase their best, most innovative green business solutions to Canada’s top CEOs. The race ends on December 14, when 20 semi-finalists will be chosen to advance to the next round and be awarded a $500 gift card from Walmart Canada.

Each of the top 20 Green Student teams will be in the running to present their business plans in front of a panel of Canada’s top CEOs and win up to $25,000 for their team, and an additional $25,000 for their school!

Here's why the Food Cycler was chosen as stated by the students from Carleton University:
Our world today is in a dire state. We are producing more and more waste each year, and we are running out of places to put it. It has been a proven fact that innovation is bred out of necessity, and when it comes to landfills, most people are trying to come up with clever ideas of WHERE to put our waste, rather than actually deal with the root of the problem. New York stores its waste on barges, and a man in Mexico has even created his own island from used water bottles!

But…What if we addressed the heart of the problem? What if, instead of thinking of new places to put our waste, we created new ways to divert waste from a landfill entirely?

This is exactly what our team is proposing to do. Organic waste comprises about 30-40% of landfills. Organic waste can also be broken down, and transformed into an eco-friendly fertilizer. Because of this, our team has decided to focus on composting the organic waste, rather than it being poured directly into a landfill.

But composting takes months to complete! And it smells bad too!

But does it?

Our team has found a revolutionary machine that is able to speed up the composting process, all the while ensuring zero greenhouse gases are emitted in the process. This machine is called the FOOD CYCLER.

By heating up the organic waste in a confined space, the machine is able to speed up the composting process to under 24-hours. The waste is reduced to about 10-15% of its original mass, the evaporated water is a reusable grey-water, and the nasty methane usually expelled by rotting apples and banana peels is even eliminated through the use of a carbon filter.

Most companies and restaurants that generate a lot of food waste are currently paying around $282/ton in order to have someone haul away their leftovers. Carleton University itself generates about 240 metric tons of food-waste in only one school year. The FOOD CYCLER ranges from as low as $20,000 up to $120,000 depending on the amount of food waste that must be processed in a day. The pay-back on such a device is on average 3 years. If the company decided to sell its fertilizer to a second party, the pay-back period could come even sooner!

Implementing the FOOD CYCLER is an eco-friendly and economically smart decision. It has the potential to eliminate millions of tons of organic waste from ending up in landfills every year. Not only that, but would also get rid of the methane produced during decomposition which is 20-25 times more harmful than CO2.

Several large institutions are using the FOOD CYCLER machine everyday, so the risk of being the first to try such an endeavor has been practically eliminated.

The FOOD CYCLER makes environmental, as well as economical sense. What are some reasons why a company wouldn’t invest them? We can’t think of any.

Do your part for the environment, start composting THE SMART WAY, today.

For more information on the WalMart Green Student Challenge, visit http://www.greenstudentchallenge.ca/