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Helpful Tips for New Green Cone (Food Digester) Owners

6/26/2021 11:07:35 AM

Have you purchased a new green cone (food digester) recently? We want to make sure you put it to good use!

The Green Cone Digester is a smart, easy-to-use, efficient household tool, which reduces waste and eliminates most of the problem of food disposal. It’s a clean, healthy way to minimize your family’s kitchen trash while helping the environment. The Green Cone is primarily constructed from recycled materials, and the digestion basket and inner solar chamber are made from 100% recycled plastic.

The Green Cone Digester is designed to accelerate the natural decomposition process by raising temperatures, maintaining aerobic conditions, and encouraging the growth of micro-organisms. The system processes almost all household food waste, including vegetable scraps, raw and cooked meat or fish, bones, dairy products and other organic food waste such as bread and pasta.

What can go into the Green Cone

• Fish, Meat & Poultry
• All Bones / Shells
• Bread / Pasta
• Fruit including peelings
• Vegetables including peelings
• Dairy produce (i.e. Cheese)
• Cooked food scraps
• Crushed egg shells
• Tea bags

What cannot go into the Green Cone

• Metal
• Wood
• Plastic
• Glass
• Paper
• Straw
• Grass cuttings
• Hedge clippings
• Bulk oil
• Household chemicals


1. Choose a sunny spot in the garden — the sunnier the better.

2. The Green Cone converts food waste primarily into water and carbon dioxide. The water produced must be able to drain freely away; otherwise the Green Cone will become anaerobic (without oxygen) and will cease to work. It is therefore crucial to install your Green Cone in an area of good drainage. Under no circumstances should the base of the basket be below the water table or where water gathers. If you believe your soil drains well, dig a hole 32″ wide and 24″ deep. Then pour a bucket of water into the hole. If the water disappears in less than 5 minutes, you have good drainage. If the water remains for more than 15 minutes, you have poor drainage or if you live in an area of heavy clay or chalk where drainage isn’t as good, you will need to dig a hole 36″ wide and 28″ deep.

3. Mix some of the soil from the hole with gravel and/or compost for backfilling later. In areas of heavy clay or chalk, include gravel, small stones, small pieces of broken terracotta pots, or small pieces of broken bricks in the mixture to aid drainage.

4. Place the mixture in the base of the hole so that the base of the basket is 1″ below ground level at the base of the hole.

5. Place the assembled Green Cone in the hole. Ensure the top of the black basket and the bottom lips of the green outer cone and black liner are below ground level.

6. Backfill the gap around the Green Cone with the mixture until the bottom lip of the Green Cone is fully covered.

7. Your Green Cone is now ready for years of productive use. Be sure to periodically check your soil level, which may drop with heavy rain. To check, make sure that the bottom lip of the green outer cone is fully covered, adding backfill as needed.

Green Cone Instruction Manual

Green Cone Information Sheet

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