10 reasons to love compost

— Article Compost Council of Canada

FAQ

How much does a composter cost?

BROME Compost composters come in various sizes, models and prices, depending on your needs. Our systems are tailored to your goals and that’s why we suggest you give us a call so we can advise you on the composter that will suit you best.

Why is on-site composting better than organic waste collection?

Composting your own organic matter is much more beneficial than having it collected. By composting on site, you prevent the generation of leachate (commonly known as compost juice). What’s more, in eliminating visits from renderers and garbage haulers–both vectors for disease-carrying pathogens and contaminants– thus considerably reducing the risk of contamination. Besides, if your waste is not being hauled by heavy trucks, your choice contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and does a great service to our planet. You also end up with a compost of maximized quality.

What can be composted?

All organic materials are compostable: green waste, food waste of plant and animal origin, animal carcasses, cardboard and paper, wood chips, etc.

Pretreatment of your compostable materials may be needed, depending on their nature.

Contact us for more informations on the materials you wish to compost.

Is composting with an on-site composter a loud process?

When the composter is not rotating no noise is emitted. The composter rotates only a few minutes every hour.

Does it smell?

There is generally no unpleasant smell created in the composting process, as long as you follow the right recipe.

The location of your composter can also make a difference. If you can’t find a secluded place for it, odor control equipment can be added to your system, such as a hood or a chimney, so it won’t be an inconvenience to your occupants or to neighbors.

What's the electricity consumption like?

The composter’s engine only has a horsepower of 2 or 3. Depending on where you are located and on your composter model, electricity costs for your system might amount to a little less than $100 per annum.

Does it have to be set up on a specific type of surface?

It must be a flat, level, stable and frost-protected surface strong enough to bear the weight of both your equipment and compost material. Concrete slabs under the composter’s legs make for a great support of your system.

Do I need a permit to operate a composting unit on site?

It is adviseable to contact your local building officials or any other government body before implementing such a piece of equipment in your facility. Special authorization may be required. The location of your projected composting system might call for the acquisition of a special permit.

Can I put compostable bags in my composter?

Putting compostable bags in your composter will not prevent it from working properly, although the time it takes for organic matter to be broken down will be longer. If bags are closed, it also takes more labor and operation time to open them before throwing them in the composter. Compostable bags also alter the anaerobic conditions inside, which can create unpleasant smells.

Is the composting system going to work during wintertime?

Absolutely.
Under certain situations you can be required to perform a few additional operations in cold weather. We strongly advise that you call us so we can assess the situation and offer you appropriate recommendations for your reality, your needs and your objectives. In some rare cases, the equipment needs to be put inside.

Generally speaking, outside temperatures have little to no impact on the organic material being broken down, provided that the composter is fed with inputs on a regular basis and the recipe stays the same.

Can the composter be set up inside?

Yes.

In that case, make sure that fumes are redirected using a chimney or a fume hood.

Can meat be composted?

Yes.

All organic materials, be they of plant or animal origin, are compostable.

Is there any methane generated in the composting process?

No. The bacteria involved in composting thrive in oxygen, without which anaerobic conditions are created, encouraging high-methane environments. One of the basic principles of composting in a cylinder is to offer an oxygen-rich environment to  bacteria so they can reproduce without generating any harmful methane.

Can waxed cardboard be composted?

Yes. You may need to shred it first. Composting is one of very few ways to get rid of waxed cardboard and giving it added value.

Here again, on-site composting is your best option, since waxed cardboard is not admissible for standard recycling or compost collection.

Is the out-going compost ready to use?

In general, out-going compost is not yet ready and needs to be cured before usage.

If you wish to create more mature compost as it exits of your composter, you can do so by choosing one of our larger capacity composters and by adapting your composting process.

What is your composters' capacity?

Several sizes are available. It all depends on your needs and goals. Please contact us so we can assess your situation and recommend the ideal size for you.

Our composters are also modular, which means that you can always adjust your cylinder’s size to meet your growing needs if you ever find yourself with larger loads of materials to be composted.

The composter’s capacity also varies according to the type of organic matter you intend on composting and the level of compost maturity you are looking for.

At what rate do I need to add new inputs?

New organic waste should be added regularly, i.e. every day, or every other day.

A rotating drum is a great system because its process is continuous. The more frequent the inputs, the more efficient your composter and the higher-quality the compost!

Are BROME products under any warranty?

Yes. There is a one-year warranty on all parts against defects.

If you contact us in the year following your purchase, we will provide the replacement parts without additional charge.