What is a pre-treatment appliance? What does it do?

A pre-treatment appliance is an in-home clean technology that transforms food waste into a natural soil amendment. About the size of a bread maker, pre-treatment appliances pulverize and dehydrate food scraps breaking them down in a matter of hours. The weight and volume of food scraps are reduced by ~90%, leaving users with sterile biomass that is easy to store and can be used in backyard gardening or collected by the City.  

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1. When will the program begin?
2. Who is eligible?
3. What is a pre-treatment appliance? What does it do?
4. Why pre-treat organics?
5. Will organics be included in our curbside pickup?