Tallis Kirby, Vaughn Richards, SeongJae Yoo, Hank Hsu
This project aims to create a device that will enable households with garburators, particularly those in multi-unit residences, to easily compost the food waste they currently put down the drain. This will divert a waste stream from entering combined sewage lines, where it represents a lost opportunity and puts stresses on sewage and sewage treatment infrastructure, to more productive uses such as compost fertilizer or energy. The device being developed is an under sink filtration and dewatering system that neatly holds a week’s worth of post-garburator food waste particulate for a typical household. The device allows the processed and dewatered particulate, which is ideal for composting, to be easily removed for collection.