Markham-based Company, VCycene, Turns Food-Waste to Fertilizer in Seven Days

Dec 20, 2023

A York Region cleantech company has created an autonomous electronic kitchen device that turns all types of kitchen food waste into high quality fertilizer within seven days.

“With our cutting-edge LILA Composter and patented waste-to-compost system, we simplify waste management, continuously turning food scraps into high-quality organic compost with minimal energy consumption,” explains George Yin, CEO and co-founder of VCycene Inc., the company behind the innovation. “Our goal is to inspire and delight customers, seamlessly integrating sustainability into everyday life.”

The product uses an aerobic decomposition process and is built through novel design of mechatronic systems to speed the composting process without compromising compost quality, Yin explains.

“Our process is in contrast to competitive products that use simple physical crush and dehydration processes that create dirt, not fertilizer,” he further explains.

VCycene was established in Vaughan in May 2021. They joined ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI) 2022 cohort in August 2022. ventureLAB is the Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) for York Region and is home to Canada’s only lab and incubator for founders building hardware and semiconductor-focused products. The company continues to operate out of the ventureLAB innovation space in Markham.

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