Several devices are now available to help you keep food waste out of landfills by turning it into compost…but what if you don’t have a compostable garden? The factory converts this waste into dry powder, which is then fed to the chickens.
Made by a California startup of the same name, the Mill is a steel litter box with a locking lid that sits in your kitchen. It accepts most types of food waste, with exceptions including large bones, lots of grease/oil, and lots of sugar or sugary foods.
On a schedule set via the accompanying app, the device dehydrates and grinds the waste daily (usually overnight), turning everything into a dry food dump. A replaceable coconut shell charcoal filter reportedly keeps odors to a minimum during the process.
After a few weeks, once the plant’s collection basket is full of debris, it is removed from the bin so that its contents can be emptied into the prepaid shipping box provided. The box is then sent back to the mill company so that the ground powder can be used as a nutritional supplement in chicken feed (with further processing).
The device is now the subject of a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, and is available for pre-order for buyers across the United States. The cheapest option is the plan that charges users $396 per year and doesn’t charge for an initial dumpster drop.
So, unless users have their own chickens, what is their incentive to use the mill? Beyond simply being environmentally conscious?
Well, for one thing, they don’t have to take out the trash as often, and their trash won’t be as attractive as raccoons, rats, and other scavengers. Plus, in cities that charge trash fees based on the amount of trash their citizens generate, the savings would offset most of the $396—some users in Tacoma reportedly saved more than $25 a month.
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