Green Cone Digester

Already own one? Here is the Green Cone Digester Manual.

Available for purchase at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center

  • Green Cone Digester $89 (including sales tax)

Is a backyard digester for you?

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Interest in food-waste digesters is growing rapidly. But what is one, exactly? And would it be a good fit for your household?
Think:

  • environmentally preferable disposal of food scraps and pet waste
  • low maintenance: does not produce a compost product
  • not for yard waste

What is a digester?

A backyard digester is often called “a green cone.” It consists of two nesting plastic cones (what you see above ground) attached to a plastic basket which is buried underground.

How will a digester help me manage my garbage?

Compared to landfilling food and pet wastes, a digester

  • eliminates much of the methane your garbage releases when landfilled
  • can save you up to 33% of what you are paying to landfill garbage
  • greatly reduces odors in and around your garbage cart or bags which reduces raccoons' and other critters' interest in your garbage

What is required for good digester functioning?

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For proper functioning, the following are essential:

  • the feedstock cannot be exclusively pet waste: add some food waste for balance.
  • good drainage, taking into account that the basket extends two feet into the ground
  • a location with full sun

How does using a digester compare to composting?

Compared to backyard composting, a digester

  • does not produce compost
  • takes longer to install
  • requires even less effort to maintain than a compost pile–almost none!
  • works well to dispose of dairy products, plate scraps, meat trimmings and bones. Raccoons and other animals may interfere with traditional compost piles if these are included in the pile.
  • is for disposing of food and pet wastes only, not yard wastes like weeds, trimmings, leaves, or grass clippings

How does a digester work? Where does the waste go?

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Want to learn more? Here’s the manual!

Green Cone Digester Manual
It includes

  • instructions for using your digester.
  • installation instructions
  • assembly instructions
  • background information