Hacking the Kitchen Sink to Stop Food Waste

Gardeners who have plucked a tomato from a homegrown vine or eaten herbs from a windowsill box know what little miracles such hard-won, slow-growing edibles are. It wasn’t until Rice University engineering student Andy Miller joined a campus agriculture club that he understood what it means when a fresh fruit or vegetable goes uneaten.

"It's getting crazier and crazier to me to think that this really high-value material that gets grown somewhere, gets shipped to your house and you pick it out by hand, to think that like 20 percent of it—which is still really good for some things—is then just being chucked," Miller told TakePart.

Unlike most home horticulturists, Miller and a team of like-minded engineering students at Rice—who came to call themselves (com)post haste—were in a position to innovate and do something about everyday food waste. They’ve invented the BioBlend, a motor-operated device that attaches to a garbage disposal. It separates food waste, wringing out any water, and stores it under the sink until it can be composted. A mechanical gizmo that can turn food disposal scraps into compost could make better use of organic waste and help divert some of the nearly 100,000 tons of food that go to landfills annually.

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