Appliance Turns Food Waste into Fertilizer in 24 Hours

June 5, 2018 at 3:02 am

New invention reduces 3-month composting process to 24 hours and does all the work for you




The average American throws away a pound of food per day, according to a recent USDA study.

That’s 150,000 tons of food every single day that eventually ends up in landfills releasing methane gas into the atmosphere.

Imagine if all that food and its nutrients could be “recycled” into the soil instead.

A new invention by Whirlpool will allow us to do just that. The company’s latest kitchen appliance is perhaps the “greenest” machine ever — the Zera Food Recycler.

It literally recycles your food into rich fertilizer overnight:

It reduces the typical composting process — which can take anywhere from 3 months to a year — to 24 hours.

Plus, unlike ordinary composters, you can throw meat and dairy into this one.

Simply sweep your food scraps off the counter into the bin, and after a week of collection push the start button. Twenty-four hours later, you’ll have this beautiful natural fertilizer you can spread over your garden or lawn.

The machine includes a carbon filter to keep away any unpleasant odor and add a coconut-husk-and-baking-soda-based additive to assist in the breakdown process.

It works via a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and an automatic agitator.

So far, it’s only available at limited retailers like TreeHouse and Williams-Sonoma, and costs $1,200.

But there’s a similar cheaper machine called the Food Cycler available on Amazon for $350. It’s smaller and must be run more often, but it turns food into a soil amendment in only 3 hours:


You can purchase a Food Cycler by clicking here or on the ads below:




8 Comments

  1. I think it’s a nice way to get people composting who would not do it otherwise. I like the idea as the squirrels are digging up my compost and I never had that problem before.

  2. I think it’s a nice way to get people composting who would not do it otherwise. I like the idea as the squirrels are digging up my compost and I never had that problem before.

  3. John Stewart says:

    What’s your hurry? Mother nature may do it more slowly, but her method won’t cost a cent, and won’t use electricity. This is not a ‘green’ solution.

    • Because many people live where you can’t have a compost pile in your yard.

    • It isn’t a cure-all solution, but there are practical uses. What about for people who live in apartments who garden but cannot have a compost bin? Or elderly people who like gardening but dont want to fuss with a compost bin? Or what about non-gardening people who just don’t want to add anymore to landfills than they have to? They could just give the compost away or sell it. I think the idea is creative and shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly. Afterall, landfills aren’t cost affective or green either.

  4. Thanks for posting this Sara! Some of us don’t have the space for a non-hurry solution!

  5. Carol J Raymond says:

    How is this done?

  6. It is for people that don’t have space for a compost pile.

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