Electric Composters: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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DID YOU KNOW that food waste creates methane, and is 30 times worse for the environment than the CO2 from our car? Everyone should be working to eliminate their waste, but not everyone has the time or space to compost. Find out if an electric composter is your answer to a greener, cleaner kitchen.


Electric Composters: What Are They?

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An electric composter is an indoor compost bin alternative which uses aeration, heat and pulverization to reduce food waste volume, emissions and odor. The average food recycler is countertop-friendly, though certain models are about the size of a large garbage bin. Note: This article will refer to electric food recyclers as “electric composters”, “electric compost bins” and “electric compost tumblers” for simplicity’s sake, though we will explain how the food recycler differs from a traditional compost pile later in the article.


How Do They Work?

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A food recycler breaks down food waste using a three-phase cycle that lasts an average of five hours (though some can last as long as 48 hours).


The Three Phases Are:

Drying

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Most hot compost piles reach an average of 120 - 170 ℉. This temperature is ideal, because it kills weed seeds, plant diseases and most pathogens. Modeled after this naturally-occurring and optimal heat, food recyclers reach an internal temperature of approximately 160 ℉ during the initial Drying phase. The heat and aeration is distributed through gentle “turning” by the unit’s grinding gears, so that every inch is sterilized, and methane-free. The air is then vented out of the back of the unit and pushed through carbon filters to capture any odors. The Drying process is what reduces food waste volume.

Grinding

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