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The Upcycle Composters are an upcycled food grade barrel that is BPA free.

Tumbling Composter
The three main ingredients that a composter needs is heat, oxygen, and moisture. It is 4 feet 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 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.

Stationary composter
Compost your kitchen and yard waste the environmentally safe way. The Upcycle Composter is an upcycled food grade barrel. It is about 4 foot tall and only requires a 3 foot by 4 foot area. This is a lower cost alternative to our standard Tumbling Composter. It is designed for the homeowner who wants to learn the basics of composting with a minimal amount of cost. This composter can be used as a stand alone compost bin or it can be used as a feeder bin for the Tumbling Composter. If you prefer to work at waist level, this compost maker is perfect. This compost bin is fully assembled.

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Vision: A community where people take care of their home – McHenry County – by conserving land and water resources for all generations to come.

Mission: To preserve natural, agricultural and scenic land forever, in and around McHenry County, by working with private landowners, communities and other like-minded partners.