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, 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. Why pre-treat organics?
4. Who is eligible?
5. What are the program benefits?
6. What is a pre-treatment appliance? What does it do?
7. Is this program sustainable?
8. Will organics be collected?
9. What is the brand of appliance?
10. How much energy does the appliance consume?
11. How will I learn how to use the FoodCycler?
12. How does the appliance minimize odors?
13. How long will my filters last?
14. Will the soil amendment attract pests?