You can fill a food waste digester with biodegradable kitchen waste, such as bones, meat, fish, bread, rice, cake, and food that will break down. Food waste digesters go in the garden the same as compost bins.
Food waste digesters are different to compost bins as they have better insulation, so they get hotter. Digester's also have better ventilation to improve the airflow to breakdown food more quickly.
Food waste digester discount scheme
The food waste digester discount scheme has two food waste digesters to chose from, the Green Cone and the Green Johanna.
The Green Johanna
The Green Johanna needs to be in a shady part of the garden. The temperature inside the Johanna will remain higher than the outside temperature. You can put in all cooked and uncooked food waste, including vegetable scraps, meat, fish, bones and dairy produce, as well as a proportion of garden waste. It produces rich compost which you can be use in the garden.
The Green Johanna costs £20.
The Green Cone
The Green Cone needs to be in a sunny position throughout the year in a well-drained garden. You need to dig the cone into the garden. You can put all cooked and uncooked food waste into the underground digestion chamber. However, it may be necessary to use a little more accelerator powder in significantly cold weather to aid the degradation process. The degradation of the food is below ground level, so the ground also insulates the underground digestion chamber. Nature does the rest, reducing the contents to their natural components of water and carbon dioxide.
The Green Cone costs £15.
Buy a food waster digester
See Cumbria County Council on the Great Green Systems website and select Eden from the drop down list.
For more information
Go to food waste digesters on the Cumbria County Council website for more details of the scheme, which Cumbria County Council run in partnership with district and borough councils. The funding to run the scheme in Eden comes from the Local Government's Weekly Collection Support Scheme.