Compost – for a greener garden

10 July, 2017

Do you belong to those who want to have lovely green grass to run around in barefoot, a dazzling flowerbed, a burgeoning strawberry patch and the most attractive orchard in the neighbourhood? Then it’s time you got a compost that meets your requirements. From us you will find the Roslagskomposten which is a latrine compost where you can compost toilet and household waste, and the Separettkompen for household waste. Both are a good solution to enable you to improve the soil easily and on your own.

Check the council’s regulations

There are composting regulations in all councils. Before you acquire a composter you should check what applies in your council area. For latrine composting a permit is always needed so remember to submit an application in good time. You will often find information and forms on the council’s homepage. The regulations can vary but, where latrine composting is concerned, they usually state:
– that the container shall have a sound bottom so that no infectious organisms can reach the groundwater
– that the material shall remain in the container for a certain period of time since the previous filling, normally for twelve months, but sometimes longer
– that the compost container shall be of a certain volume, for second homes normally 350 litres in two containers if it is only toilet waste, and 500 litres if household waste is also to be composted. For permanent accommodation double the volumes are often required.

Where household waste is concerned the composter shall normally be insulated, ventilated and secure from vermin, and you shall position and care for it so that it does not upset your neighbours

Before you start composting

Start by working out where you are going to position the composter. Choose a shadowy place preferably. Ensure that there is space for two containers and that there is room to work with the composters. It can, for example, be a good idea for there to be room for a wheelbarrow when you go to empty the composter. Even out the ground so that it is as flat as possible.

If you are composting household waste it is also good to have spreading material handy. This is necessary in order to achieve good functioning of the composting process.

Spreading material can be sawdust, wood shavings, semimoulded leaf compost, shredded newspapers or peat meal. Note that you should not use spreading material with latrine composting. There will be too little fluid and nutrition for you to be able to achieve a good composting effect.

Important to have acid, water and balance

In the composter bacteria and microscopic fungus will break down the material into its component parts, including carbon-dioxide, water and nutrients. In order for you to obtain the right kind of micro-organisms to flourish and work well there needs to be adequate acid, enough water as well as a balance between nutritious and low food value materials.

Easy to care for

It is easy to take care of both Roslagskomposten and Separettkompen, but this is done differently depending on which toilet solution you have gone for and what you have chosen to compost. If, for example, you have a urine-separating toilet where, for example, the urine is led off to infiltration or to an Ejektortank, you have less fluid in the composter and the care shall be adapted to that. If you have a toilet that does not separate the urine from the dry waste you have more fluid to deal with and the care regime is different. Everything is found simply described and in detail in our use manual.

Welcome to a greener garden!