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INSTRUCTIONS

These instructions are meant for initial startup of the composting system. As we used to say almost 20 years ago, it's just like baking a cake - you just have to add the ingredients and stir! Please note - normal toilet paper is part of the mix - it is a carbon source and you can use as much as you do with a regular toilet. No special toilet paper or cutdown in usage is required!

Begin operation by carrying out the startup procedure described below, and then continue with the "Ongoing Toilet Maintenance" routine. It normally takes six weeks before a compost is properly established. You will know that this has happened when:

Compost volume increases more slowly

Compost turns black and becomes loam-like

Toilet paper decomposes within a few day


USE & MAINTENANCE: INITIAL SETUP

Action

Description

Why?

ADD

3-4 gallons of peat mix (half the 30 litre/8 gallon bag provided) to the drum.

Provides Carbon base and initial mass for compost.

ADD

1/2 Microbe Mix packet at startup, other 1/2 in two weeks (or on next visit if in cottage use).

Adds necessary microbes which will break down the compost.

SPRINKLE

About 1/2 gallon of warm water into the drum.

Moistens carbon base

PLUG IN

Power cord on unit to get fan and heating element working (electric models only).

The unit is ready for use

SPRAY

"Compost Quick" enzymes into drum before and after mixing. Coat the evaporation chamber with it before using the unit.

Speeds start up of compost by acting as a catalyst to assist bacteria

Prevents possibility of start-up odor in the evaporation chamber

RAKE

Loose peat moss from the evaporation chamber until the compost is established, which takes approximately 6 weeks.

Until the compost is active, some peat mix may fall through the screen or drum door into the evaporating chamber.