A composting pilot program is potentially being brought back.

The City is debating to once again take part in the FoodCycler program.

Chief Administrative Officer of the city Kyle Attanasio says with council’s approval, they hope purchase 250 of the units.

“Because we don’t have the budget right now, we’re looking for $84,750,” Attanasio told council last week.

“The reason for the urgency is there is a January 31st date to get into the subsidized funding agreement that Impact Canada, through the food reduction challenge, that partnership with Food Science Corporation.”

Attanasio adds the initial pilot program was very successful.

“Council made an investment during the previous term in the Food Cycler technology.  It was very successful.  We sold out the units in six days.  Anecdotally we’ve had lot of requests for more uptake on the program.”

Council is also looking at the option of selling the filters for the FoodCyclers.

FoodCyclers use heat to break down food waste including vegetables, chicken bones, bread and other things you can’t normally compost, and makes what it calls “a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be added to plants/gardens or pelletized for home heating purposes.”

Council will be voting on the issue at their January 18 Council meeting.