Why pre-treat organics?

Pre-treatment is an alternative method to a weekly curbside organics collection program. Pre-treatment works by mashing and dehydrating household food waste and produces a dry and odor-free soil amendment that is ~90% less in weight and volume. Pre-treatment is easy to store and requires fewer collection days than other curbside programs. By pre-treating organic food waste, we can reduce problematic wildlife encounters. Through this program, the City will be able to eliminate most food waste from the waste stream as part of the City's goal of becoming a model Bear Smart community. 

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1. Why is Nelson developing this program?
2. When will the program begin?
3. I'm a part of the program, where do I drop off my soil amendment? How do I find the combination for the Drop-off Location?
4. Why pre-treat organics?
5. I own or rent a property. How will the program work for me? *Find answers in the FAQs below.
6. Will I own my appliance?
7. Who is eligible?
8. I have registered, when will I receive my appliance?
9. Accessibility: I use a mobility device or have other accessibility requirements. How can I receive my FoodCycler appliance?
10. What are the anticipated program benefits?
11. How is this program financed?
12. What is a pre-treatment appliance? What does it do?
13. Is this program sustainable?
14. Will organics be collected?
15. What is the brand of appliance?
16. How much energy does the appliance consume?
17. Is the soil amendment safe to use in my home garden?
18. How will I learn how to use the FoodCycler?
19. How does the appliance minimize odors?
20. I am moving or switching tenants in my rental, what do I do with my FoodCycler?
21. How long will my filters last? How do I replace my filter?
22. Will the soil amendment attract pests?