The Green Cone Composter
Solar Compost Digester is an
earth-friendly companion to the traditional backyard composter
The Green Cone Composter System is a smart, easy-to-use,
household tool, which reduces waste and eliminates most of the problem
food disposal. It's a clean, healthy way to minimize your family's
trash while helping the environment. The Green Cone Composter is
constructed from recycled materials, and the digestion basket and inner
solar chamber are made from 100% recycled plastic.
The Green Cone Composter System is designed to accelerate the natural
decomposition process by raising temperatures, maintaining aerobic
conditions, and encouraging the growth of micro-organisms. The system
processes almost all household food waste, including vegetable scraps,
and cooked meat or fish, bones, dairy products and other organic food
such as bread and pasta.
What Exactly is the Green Cone
The Green Cone Composter is comprised of a lower basket installed below
the ground, which forms the base for an above ground double-walled
chamber with an access lid. The Green Cone Composter stands 26 inches
above ground level and extends 18 inches below ground level. Access is
through an 8-inch diameter hole in the top of the solar chamber, which
sealed by a hinged lid with a security catch.
The design of the Green Cone Composter uses solar heating in
double-walled chamber to facilitate and accelerate the aerobic
decomposition process within the digestion basket. Therefore, the
should be installed to obtain the maximum sunlight in your
The Green Cone Composter will digest approximately 11 pounds
waste a week, which is over 25% greater than that produced by the
household. The food waste is converted into water, carbon dioxide and a
small amount residue, without the need for mixing or turning the waste.
a well operating system the residue will occupy the bottom 10 inches of
the digestion basket after the decomposition of about a ton of food
Thus, after about five years this small quantity of residue must be
removed and dug into the garden sub-soil.
Products to Their Source:
we encourage all of
our customers to explore the wealth of benefits of vegetarianism, the
Green Cone Composter takes all household food waste, including
vegetable scraps, raw and cooked meat or fish, bones, dairy products
and other organic kitchen waste (e.g. tea bags, bread, etc.).
The patented design of the unit utilizes a solar heating
the inner and outer cones to promote air circulation, which facilitates
the growth of beneficial micro-organisms and the desirable aerobic
digestion process. The household food waste is converted into water,
carbon dioxide and a small amount of residue. For a full technical
explanation of how the Green Cone Composter works, click here:
Cone Composter Technical Details
Because over 90% of the waste material in the Green Cone
absorbed safely as water by the soil, the Green Cone Composter only
to be cleaned once every few years when treated with care.
Once The Green Cone Composter is properly installed, it will
an invaluable household tool that you'll use every day. Abundant Earth
offers a variety of products that make the Green Cone Composter System
easy to use for the entire family.
with Household Waste:
The Green Cone Composter is an integral part of
your household waste. It eliminates your cooked and uncooked kitchen
waste, including meat, fish, bones, dairy products, vegetables, fruit,
Virtually the only exceptions are bulk amounts of food related
that require a very long time to breakdown, namely: cooking oil/fat and
the hard shells of nuts and seafood, such as oysters and crabs.
Other household waste (i.e. non-kitchen waste) must not be put
Green Cone Composter, but disposed of in methods approved by local
Good and Not So Good for the
Green Cone Composter?
can go into the Green
- Fish, Meat & Poultry
- All Bones
- Fruit including peelings
- Vegetables including peelings
- Dairy produce
- Cooked food scraps
- Crushed egg shells
- Tea bags
cannot go into the
Green Cone Composter
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge clippings
- Bulk oil
Food waste should be transferred as soon as practical from the kitchen
the Green Cone Composter, which allows food waste to be removed daily.
Once deposited in the below ground digestion basket, there is no
possibility for unintentional access to the food waste by human
As with any gardening activity, particularly those involving soil or
compost, gloves should be worn when removing the small amount of
that accumulates in the digestion basket after several years of
Temperatures in the solar chamber of the Green Cone Composter
reach up to
122°F for long periods during summer months. Because of these ideal
conditions, indigenous microorganisms grow while harmful pathogens die,
through competition for nutrients.
** Due to the effectiveness of the Green Cone Composter in
decomposition process, and the inaccessibility to animals, birds and
humans, the overall health, safety and environmental risk of using the
Green Cone Composter is virtually nonexistent. However, we still
locating your Green Cone Composter away from any food gardening area if
you choose to add animal waste to your Green Cone Composter. Make sure
to include any litter (clay or other). If you are digesting animal
products, we also recommend locating the Green Cone Composter at least
100' from any well/water source.
Your Green Cone Composter needs very little
However, it is important to ensure that the top of the basket and the
bottom lip of the outer Green Cone Composter are below ground level and
always fully covered with soil.
In a well operating Green Cone Composter, very little waste
be produced. Should the residue build up to ground level and not
the cones can be removed to access the basket. The harmless residue can
then be buried into any suitable area of the ground.
- Choose a sunny spot in the garden -- the sunnier the
- The Green Cone Composter converts food waste
water and carbon dioxide. The water produced must be able to
drain freely away, otherwise the Green Cone Composter will
become anaerobic (without oxygen) and will cease to work. It is
therefore crucial to install your Green Cone Composter in an
area of good drainage. Under no circumstances should the base of
the basket be below the water table or where water gathers. If
you believe your soil drains well, dig a hole 32" wide and 24"
deep. Then pour a bucket of water into the hole. If the water
disappears in less than 5 minutes, you have good drainage. If
the water remains for more than 15 minutes, you have poor
drainage or if you live in an area of heavy clay or chalk where
drainage isn't as good, you will need to dig a hole 36" wide and
- Mix some of the soil from the hole with gravel and/or
for backfilling later. In areas of heavy clay or chalk, include
gravel, small stones, small pieces of broken terracotta pots, or
small pieces of broken bricks in the mixture to aid drainage.
- Place the mixture in the base of the hole so that the
the basket is 1" below ground level at the base of the hole.
- Place the assembled Green Cone Composter in the hole.
the top of the black basket and the bottom lip of the green
outer cone are below ground level.
- Backfill the gap around the Green Cone Composter with
mixture until the bottom lip of the Green Cone Composter is
- Your Green Cone Composter is now ready for years of
use. Be sure to periodically check your soil level, which may
drop with heavy rain. To check, make sure that the bottom lip of
the green outer cone is fully covered, adding backfill as
the Green Cone Composter
System easy to use?
Yes, very. In your kitchen, fill the Green Cone Composter
transport bucket with all your organic kitchen waste. When convenient,
empty the compost pail/collector into the Green Cone Composter in your
I use chemical activators as
No. Chemicals can kill or disrupt the bacteria breaking down the food
waste. The only booster/activator that is recommended for use is an
all-natural compost booster/accelerator available through many garden
should I install the Green
The ideal location for the Green Cone Composter is a sunny,
spot like a flowerbed or vegetable garden (see notes about placement
if you are adding animal waste to your Green Cone Composter). For best
results, avoid cold, dark, wet places in the yard.
my Green Cone Composter stop
It's easy to have a well-functioning Green Cone Composter. However,
problems may occur if:
- The Green Cone Composter is installed in a very dark, shady
- The surrounding soil isn't well-drained, or if the soil
clay or chalk.
- The black basket is below the water table or in an area
In these circumstances, the Green Cone Composter's digestion
could turn anaerobic (without oxygen). You can tell that by examining
food waste. If it looks wet and slimy, the Green Cone Composter should
In periods of very cold weather the digestion process may slow
to lack of natural bacteria. This would be evident by the level of
in the basket not decreasing. Under these circumstances, the addition
the natural Green Cone Composter Compost Boost Compost Accelerator
restore the bacteria population and restart the digestion process.
I use my Green Cone Composter to
dispose of animal excrement?
Yes, in moderation. When it is time to empty the Cone, take care to
gloves and make sure you wash your hands. DIGESTED ANIMAL
WASTE IS NOT
INTENDED TO BE USED IN YOUR EDIBLE GARDEN
I put garden waste in my Green
It is better not to. A traditional compost bin or heap is better at
handling garden waste such as grass cuttings.
much food waste can I put in my
Green Cone Composter?
Provided your Green Cone Composter has been correctly installed, 1-1/2
2 pounds (roughly one gallon) of food waste can be placed in your Green
Cone Composter every day. This amount is typical of that produced by a
family of four. The precise quantity of waste digested by your Green
Composter each day will depend upon the ambient temperature, the
population of bacteria and the mix of food waste you produce.
is there a bar across the top of
the Green Cone Composter?
The bar across the mouth of the Green Cone Composter provides some
rigidity in storage and transit. Its purpose is to prevent small
climbing into the Green Cone Composter. However, turning the twist-lock
the lid and serves the same purpose. The bar may safely be removed
(carefully using a hacksaw) to allow large scraps to be put more easily
into the Green Cone Composter. However, if you alter (i.e. remove the
safety bar) the Green Cone Composter in any way, even if it is brand
and unused, it is not returnable under any circumstances.
the Green Cone Composter
The Green Cone Composter is a sealed unit and when properly installed,
emits no odors. It does not, therefore, attract flies. However, the
of fruit flies are already in the skins of many fruits and can hatch
in the Green Cone Composter. Similarly, if food or food waste is not
covered prior to going into the Green Cone Composter, its possible for
housefly to lay eggs before the food reaches the Green Cone Composter.
These would also produce maggots and flies in the Green Cone Composter.
Good housekeeping is therefore important. Some people will freeze food
scraps before depositing them into the Green Cone Composter. This may
significantly reduce the possibility of flies--should they occur at all.
the Green Cone Composter
If correctly installed, your Green Cone Composter will not attract
critters. By ensuring that the top of the black basket and the bottom
of the green outer cone are below ground level, you will harmlessly
filter out any odors into the surrounding soil. It is also
important not to spill food near the Green Cone Composter.
If you suffer from rats in your yard, you could be unlucky
with a rat
running across the Green Cone Composter. If you think there is a chance
this happening you should put chicken wire around the black basket to
prevent a rat or other critter from gnawing its way through into the
the Green Cone Composter
Not really. Because of the amount of oxygen inside your Green Cone
Composter, the decomposing food will produce very little methane.
I have to turn or mix the
contents in my Green Cone Composter?
No, just put all your food waste into the Cone and forget it. Your
Cone Composter does all the hard work for you.
and how often should I empty my
Green Cone Composter?
In a well operating Green Cone Composter, the waste residue will only
to be removed every few years and certainly no more than once a year.
requires emptying when the residue builds up to about 4" below ground
level and shows no signs of reducing.
my Green Cone Composter work
all year round?
Yes. Your Green Cone Composter works 365 days a year. The level of food
waste may rise during winter but should drop down when the weather gets
warmer. If decomposition slows during very cold periods, use an
all-natural compost activater to boost microbial activity.
How do I
clean my kitchen compost pail/collector?
Simply hand-wash the compost collector in warm soapy water.
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