How the Eco-Smart Food Waste dryer works is similar to a sophisticated tumble dryer, turning the food waste in hot air, extracting the 80% water content. Food waste is on average 80% water. The Eco-Smart Food Waste Dryer turns wet food waste into a sterile, dry residue, 20% or less of its former weight.
Loading the Food Waste
You can load any food waste you like (with the exception of large knuckle bones). Remember though: it is a food waste dryer so leave out plastic bottles, cling film, cutlery, bags, glass and packaging. You can put compostable food waste bags made from PLA as these disintegrate in the overnight process.
Turn It On
Once you have reached the full mark inside, shut the lid and press the start button. That’s it. Leave it until the machine finishes its cycle. The rest is automatic. The chamber heats up, so the air is 75-85°C. The water content of the food waste (approximately 80% by volume) is evaporated as steam and condensed back into clear, sterilized water which then goes into the drain. Moisture detectors measure the dryness of the residue and automatically turn off the machine once the food waste is dry.
After typically 12 to 16 hours, the food waste is reduced to sterile, dry powder looking like instant coffee granules, roughly 15-20% of its former weight and volume. The time taken depends on the exact make-up of the waste. Liquids and starch tend to lengthen the cycle time. Underfilling will shorten it. Place the tub supplied under the discharge door, open the door and press the ‘discharge’ button. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to empty. You can store the practically odourless residue for weeks as it is sterile. But most users put it in food waste wheelie bins for removal to a composting or anaerobic digestion facility. The machine is then ready to be loaded again.