How Much Bulking Agent and Shredded Paper To Add?
Friday, 8 May 2015 | HOTBIN Composting
Confused by ratios unsure about how much bulking agent and shredded paper to add?
Whatever sized container you are using to collect your waste, here is an easy wasy to understand the ratios and required measurements of bulking agent and shredded paper to add in addition your waste.
What to Add?
1. Add your full caddy of waste to the HOTBIN.
2. Fill the same caddy half way with dry shredded paper and /or cardboard and then add.
3. Fill caddy a fifth of the way with bulking agent and then add.
4. Using the rake (or another similar implement), give the top layer a quick stir, pop in your additional thermometer into the top 5cm, close the lid and you are done.
A Few Notes
The wetter the waste you add into the HOTBIN the more shredded card or paper will need to be added.
Grass is very wet, it gives a great heat boost to the HOTBIN as it's very quick and easy to digest waste for bacteria. However if additional moisture absorbing materials are not added it can quickly turn into a wet sludge - here is how to avoid that.
Remember to keep an eye on your HOTBIN and if in doubt add a bit more shredded paper and bulking agent to ensure good moisture control and airflow. It is much easier to fix a dry bin, than a wet one!