The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel that is BPA free. It is about 4 foot tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. You can put it in a smaller area for storage, but you'll need that much space free from obstacles to spin the barrel and properly aerate the compost.
Using a rocking motion to build momentum, a compost tumbler is relatively easy to turn. However, the composting action will rapidly reduce the content of the barrel to less than half its starting volume.
The three main ingredients that a composter needs is heat, oxygen, and moisture. The best position to place your composter is in full sun or at a minimum partial sun. The barrel holds the heat in all night and does not allow it to cool down like an open bin or stacking bin. The black barrel will absorb heat all day. The center tube aerates the compost pile and allows excess moisture to drain out. The steel bars inside break up the compost and fluff it up for better aeration. The most efficient bacteria, called "aerobes", need oxygen to do their work. Without oxygen, they cannot survive and anaerobes can take over. Anaerobic bacteria isn't very good at breaking down compost - those bacteria can slow decomposition down by as much as 90 percent.
Here in the Midwest we can completely compost the product in the barrel in about 4 weeks. The composters are shipped with all pieces in a kit inside the barrel. We provide full color assembly instructions along with general use instructions.
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Pickup / Delivery Note:
Woodstock Pick-Up: Hennen Conservation Area, 4622 Dean St, Woodstock, IL 60098. 815-337-9502.
Friday, May 19: 10am-3:30pm Saturday, May 20: 3pm-5pm
Algonquin Pick-Up: Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102. 847-658-4184.
Friday, May 19: 8am-5pm, or call to schedule pickup appointment
*Please note that there is a $5 charge for composters picked up in Algonquin.