Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Composting

COMPOSTING FAQ

CAN I REALLY COM POST ALL MY KITCHEN WASTE ? WHAT ABOUT BONES ?

Yes, you can really compost all organic waste (although watery soups and stews need to be drained first). You can put in things such as fish bones, chicken carcasses and other bones. The fish bones will compost thoroughly and disappear. The chicken and larger meat bones will come out cleaned of any traces of meat (and will not be attractive to pets or vermin). Smaller chicken bones (e.g. ribs) will compost if they are in for a sufficiently long time.

WHAT CAN I COMPOST ?

 

S.N. Suitable for composting Unsuitable for composting
1 Food scraps (raw, cooked, fried, and smoked) Cigarette butts, ashes, snuff and tobacco
2 Meat and bone    Chewing gum
3 Fish and bone Tinfoil and other metals
4 Shellfish Rubber items
5 Vegetables &   Flower waste from vases, pots, and terraces. Cat sand
6 Eggs and shell   Vacuum cleaner bags
7 Potatoes and Flower waste from vases, pots, and terraces. Envelopes,, or other heavily printed matter
8 Bread and biscuits Any plastics, plastic bags
9 Fruit (every kind)   Milk or juice cartons (they are waxed)
10 Coffee drains and filters Cling film
11 Tea Bags and tea leaves   Pieces of coloured or impregnated wood (a pollutant to the compost)
12 Household paper, paper bags (non-coloured)   Sacking
13 Serviettes (non-coloured)   Fire ashes, chalk, earth
14 Egg cartons (non coloured without price tag)   Liquids – milk, soup etc.
15 Sawdust from hamster/guinea pig cages    metal and glass

 

WHERE CAN I BUY SAWDUST?

Fine cut up and dry sawdust is to be used and it is normally available with sawmills or wood cutters, they can easily be bought from saw dust supplier. Wood pellets can also be used alternatively, they are normally available from a solid fuel stove supplier (they are the latest ‘carbon neutral’ energy source for stoves and boilers)

 

IS THERE ANYTHING G E L SE I CAN USE APART FROM SAWDUST/WOOD PELLETS?

Coir (coconut fiber) works well. AND old compost

 

CAN I USE CARDBOARD OR SHREDDED PAPER INSTEAD OF WOOD PELLETS /SAWDUST ?

In theory, yes, but paper needs to be cross-shredded otherwise it bunches up in the composter and forms a ball. Cardboard is more of a problem as it needs to be cut up into small pieces by hand. You also need a considerable amount, so it’s better to consider this as a supplement, not a substitution.

 

WHAT ABOUT GARDEN WASTE ? CAN I PUT THIS IN ?

You can put in any vegetation, except hard, woody stems and branches – these don’t have enough time to compost down, even if shredded. For this reason we don’t recommend wood chips in place of wood pellets or sawdust.

 

IF I PUT MY GARDEN WEEDS IN, WILL IT KILL OFF THE SEEDS ?

The only common seeds that seem to be indestructible are tomato seeds. The heat generated in the  composter and bacteria will destroy all other seeds.

 

CAN I PUT MY GRASS CUTTINGS IN ?

Yes it depends OWC capacity which you have taken – but if you produce a large amount on a regular basis and you dont proper capacity then you will fill the composter in no time and have no room for your kitchen waste!

 

DOES THE COMPOST PROCESS PRODUCE ANY LIQUID ?

Yes in theory it should but our process is designed in a way which does not let liquid come out of owc as some liquid production is unavoidable and the composters are not 100% watertight. Moisture content of the mixture is regulated by the absorbents like wood pellets/sawdust , old compost. It is important to drain your wet kitchen waste of any excess liquid before you put it into the compost .

 

How long does it take for the waste to convert into a rich soil additive (Manure)?

 

The process reduces the volume of Organic waste by 80-90% by evaporating moisture and discharging carbon dioxide gas. The remaining 10-20% is turned into a soil additive (Manure). This whole process takes from 24 hours to 7 days depending on moisture level and weather conditions for food waste to be converted into a rich soil\additive,

 

Does this Machine process produce any Foul Smell?

No , WIG’s OWC doesn’t produce any foul smelling during the process and after the process, The foul smell which is generated by wet waste gets removed within 10 mins of the process . A special bio culture is used to remove foul smelling and converting it into organic waste .

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