Frequently Asked Questions
Does it smell?
What cooked food waste can be put in the machine?
How much power do the automated machines use?
Do you need skilled operators?
Is this a full-time job?
No. The time allocated to each task is as follows.
- Once or twice daily to insert food waste into the macerator chamber. Approx 5 minutes.
- Every 2 weeks there is an emptying and transferring of chambers required. Total time allocated to this task is approx. 1 hour.
- Replenishing pellet chamber when empty approx. 2 min. This task is usually done once per week.
How long will the machine last?
The Joraform machines if looked after and serviced correctly should run in excess of 20 years.
What else is added to the composting process?
Food waste has a high PH content and if not balanced with Carbon would burn your plants root systems and a really strong Amonia smell would be present. As part of the composting process a pine sawdust pellet is added to balance this high PH content, absorbs excess moisture and reduces odours. The sawdust is also a source of nutrient for the microbes that are busy at work decomposing the food waste. All life forms require Carbon and microbes are no different. The approx. carbon additive is 8%.
Is it ready to use after four weeks?
Yes. No further maturing is required.
How much compost will it produce every month?
Depending on the size of the machine installed but as a general rule output is approx. 50% of waste input.
Does it attract flies?
Due to the high temperatures generated inside the machine in excess of 60 degrees Celsius. These temperatures coupled with machine rotation, microbial activity and heat due not make for a fly friendly environment. The external parts of the machine should be regularly cleaned though.