Now you have installed your Green Cone...
...you're ready to start using it!
What can I empty into the Green Cone?
- Fruit including peelings
- Vegetables including peelings
- Dairy produce
- Cooked food scraps
- Crushed egg shells
- Tea bags
Starting with your kitchen caddy, keep it on your work surface, start placing all your food waste in the caddy and remember with the sealed lid and filter you don't have to run out to the cone every five minutes to empty it, wait till it is full and make just a couple of trips a week.
For the first few weeks after installation of the cone sprinkle some Accelerator powder on to the food waste in the caddy before you empty it into the cone. This will help to encourage the growth of bacteria
Do not use any other type of activator on the Green Cone as it could kill the bacteria
Where the Green Cone is situated in a position that does not enjoy a full days sun, or when there are long periods of cold weather, the digestion process will benefit from occasional application of this powder.
The Green Cone is designed to handle:
1 full waste caddy every 1-2 days in the summer months.
1 full waste caddy every 2-3 days during the winter months.
Remember to add Accelerator Powder every time you empty the caddy during the winter months and as required during summer.
The Waste Caddy
When the caddy is full empty it into the cone, and let nature do its work
In a Healthy working Cone the food waste will be covered in a blue/gray fur, this is the bacteria doing its work. While you can see the bacteria you do not need to add accelerator powder. When the level of bacteria starts to Disappear add some accelerator powder.
Dealing with Household Waste
The Green Cone is an integral part of dealing with your household waste. It takes your cooked and uncooked kitchen food waste, including: meat, fish, bones, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, peelings, etc.
The only exceptions are bulk amounts of food related materials 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.
Remember the Green Cone is not a composter and will not deal with garden waste. Below is a list of other items you cannot put in the Green Cone:
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge clippings
- Bulk oil
- Disinfectant & bleaches
- "Special treatment items"
Other household waste (i.e. non-kitchen food waste) must not be put into the Green Cone but disposed of according to local authority guidance.
Compost or Recycle?
Recycle non-biodegradable materials such as metal, wood, plastic and consumer items such as batteries, mobile phones, etc.
Compost straw and garden waste such as grass and hedge clippings. (Use a composter)
Special Treatment (see guidance provided at recyclenow): Petroleum based liquids, solvents, paints, chemicals such as bleach, household cleaners, insecticides, etc., Medical and pharmaceutical waste such as dressings, medicine and drugs, Sanitary items such as disposable nappies.
Your Green Cone needs very little maintenance. As noted in the section on instalation, it is important to ensure that the top of the basket and the bottom lip of the outer green cone are below ground level and always fully covered with soil.
In a well operating Green Cone very little waste residue will be produced. Should the residue build-up to ground level and not decrease, the upper cones can be removed to access the basket. The residue can be dug into any suitable area of ground.