Algreen Solar Digester- Instructions

Congratulations on your purchase of the Algreen Digester!  The solar digester is an animal-proof receptable that facilitates the degradation of household biodegradable waste.  It uses an accelerated aerobic process to break down food particles.

Your purchase will help to eliminate household biodegradable waste in an environmentally-friendly manner.

What CAN go into the Digester

  1. Fish, meat, poultry
  2. Bones
  3. Bread
  4. Fruit, including peels
  5. Vegetables, including peels
  6. Dairy produce
  7. Cooked food scraps
  8. Crushed egg shells
  9. Tea bags

What CANNOT go into the Digester

  1. Metal
  2. Wood
  3. Plastic
  4. Glass
  5. Paper
  6. Straw
  7. Grass cuttings
  8. Hedge clippings
  9. Bulk oil
  10. Household chemicals, toxic and corrosive chemicals (paint, used batteries, bathroom cleaners)

Where to Install

It is recommended that you choose a sunny spot in your backyard to install the digester.  Increased sunlight improves the ability of the digester to break down biodegradable waste.

 

Digester

Algreen Solar Digester

Installation Instructions

If your soil drains well, dig a hole 15” wide and 18” deep.  Otherwise, in the event that clay is present or drainage is poor, dig a hole 19” wide and 22” deep.  Retain the dirt from the hole for use as backfill later.  Add compost to the backfill.  You can also add small stones to the backfill to aid with drainage.

Return the backfill mixture into the hole so that the top of the basket is 1” below ground level.  Connect the above-ground urn to the basket by fastening the notch of the urn to the hole in the basket.

Place the assembled digester into the hole.  Ensure that the top of the basket and the bottom of the urn are below ground level.
Backfill the gap around the basket with the backfill mixture.

Usage Instructions

Biodegradable wastes can be inserted directly into the top of the urn after removing the lid of the urn.  Compost accelerator (not included) can be added to speed up the decomposition process.

Trouble-shooting Steps

>The food waste looks wet and slimy

Your Digester’s process has turned anaerobic due to a lack of oxygen.  Reinstall the Digester according to the instructions above.
Remember to ensure that the unit has sufficient sunlight.  Check to make sure that the underground basket is not residing below the water table.  And finally, ensure that the surrounding soil is well-drained.

>The digestion process has slowed down

The digester process may slow down due to cold weather and the lack of natural bacteria.  Add a compost accelerator (not included) to speed up the process.