Here’s a clever new piece of kitchen technology. Victoria, BC firm Sepura recently introduced its namesake home appliance, which sits under a sink instead of a garbage disposal. There’s an included Bluetooth button, which can be stuck anywhere near the sink. The system itself sits under the sink and is designed to hook directly into the drain.
When enough food has accumulated under the drain, tap the button and it will start a process that effectively pushes the waste products into the device. In an introductory video, co-founder and CEO Victor Nicolov is quick to note that the system doesn’t actually grind the food waste, unlike a traditional garbage disposal. “We felt it was better to keep things [intact]. We discovered that it was better for our planet to prevent things from ending up in our sewers.”
The system also has a safety device to prevent water from entering the sump, so that it can drain out of the pipe first. It also stops if, for example, it detects a utensil that you don’t want in the compost bucket.
Today, the company announced the closing of a $3.7 million seed round designed to accelerate production and delivery of its product, which will cost $700 when it ships in July. The round was appropriately led by sink maker Blanco.
“Sepura represents an important step forward in sustainable living. With its advanced technology and user-friendly design, Sepura offers a simple and effective way to minimize waste and promote a cleaner, healthier environment,” said Nicolov in a press release. “We are excited to provide consumers with the sustainable solution they are looking for and are working to improve the impact of food waste on the environment.”
The company claims its system can “effectively separate 99.9% of solid waste that enters sewers.”