Compost

Why did RotoTank™ design and manufacture a compost Bin?

The simple answer is with the reduction of household waste being such a key part of modern times, we wanted to give every household the option to introduce a compost bin, making sure it would be durable and hard waring for the elements and cost effective.

Is a compost bin worth it?

Composting is worth it for those who want to create their own nutrient-rich soil amendments for a yard, garden, or flower bed. Turning yard debris and kitchen waste into compost is an excellent way to save money, make use of otherwise discarded material, and prevent unneeded landfill waste.

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How to Compost

  1. Start your compost pile on bare earth. This allows worms and other beneficial organisms to aerate the compost and be transported to your garden beds.
  2. Lay twigs or straw first, a 3 to 4 inches deep. This aids drainage and helps aerate the pile.
  3. Add compost materials in layers, alternating moist and dry. Moist ingredients are food scraps, tea bags, Kitchen prep waste, Dry materials are straw, leaves, sawdust pellets and wood ashes. If you have wood ashes, sprinkle in thin layers, or they will clump together and be slow to break down.
  4. Add manure, green manure (clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass, grass clippings) or any nitrogen source. This activates the compost pile and speeds the process along.
  5. Keep compost moist. Water occasionally, or let rain do the job.
  6. Cover with Your RotoTank™ plastic compost. Covering helps retain moisture and heat, two essentials for compost. Covering also prevents the compost from being over-watered by rain. The compost should be moist, but not soaked and sodden.
  7. Turn. Every few weeks give the pile a quick turn with a pitchfork or shovel. This aerates the pile. Oxygen is required for the process to work and turning “adds” oxygen. You can skip this step if you have a ready supply of coarse material like straw. Once you have established your compost pile, add new materials by mixing them in, rather than by adding them in layers. Mixing, or turning, the compost pile is key to aerating the composting materials and speeding the process to completion.
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What should not go into a RotoTank™ compost bin?

The following items should not be added to your RotoTank™ compost Bin, as they do not decompose to create fertilizer.

  • Meat and Fish Scraps
  • Dairy, Fats, and Oils
  • Plants or Wood Treated with Pesticides or Preservatives
  • Black Walnut Tree Debris
  • Diseased or Insect-Infested Plants
  • Weeds that Have Gone to Seed
  • Charcoal Ash
  • Dog or Cat Waste
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How long does it take for my RotoTank™ composter to produce compost?

  • Compost can be made in as little as six to eight weeks, or, more usually, it can take a year or more. In general, the more effort you put in, the quicker you will get compost. When the ingredients you have put in your RotoTank™ composter have turned into a deep brown, earthy smelling material, the composting process is complete.

Understanding Carbons & Nitrogen elements in your composter.

MaterialCarbon Or NitrogenInformation
Wood ChipsCarbonUse Sparingly
Tea LeavesNitrogenLoose or in a Bag
Straw /HayCarbonStraw is Best
Shredded PaperCarbonNot glossy paper
SawdustCarbonAdd in Thin layers
Lawn cuttingsNitrogenAdd in Thin layers
Fruit & Veg ScrapesNitrogenAdd with Carbon Layer
Green ComfreyNitrogenExcellent activator
Cut flowersNitrogenCut to Smaller sections
Chicken ManureNitrogenExcellent activator
Raw Meat, bones, fish Not to be added
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A Word About Yard Waste

With yard and garden wastes, different composting materials will decompose at different rates, but they will all break down eventually. If you want to speed up the composting process, chop the larger material into smaller pieces. Leaves and grass clippings are also excellent for compost but should be sprinkled into the Rototank™ compost bin with other materials or dug into the centre of the pile and mixed. Avoid putting them on in thick layers – they will mat together and reduce aeration, which slows the composting process.

Composting Leaves

If you have too many leaves to incorporate into the compost bin, you can simply compost the pile of leaves by itself. Locate the pile where drainage is adequate; a shaded area will help keep the pile from drying out.

The leaf pile should be at least four′ in diameter and three′ in height. Include a layer of dirt between each foot of leaves. The pile should be damp enough that when a sample taken from the interior is squeezed by hand, a few drops of moisture will appear. The pile should not be packed too tightly.

The pile will compost in 4 – 6 months, with the material being dark and crumbly. Leaf compost is best used as an organic soil amendment and conditioner; it is not normally used as a fertilizer because it is low in nutrients. Alternatively, you could purchase extra RotoTank™ compost bins so they produce at different intervals.

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