Starting HOTBIN in Winter - Will it Go Anaerobic?
Friday, 25 January 2019 | HOTBIN Composting
Starting the HOTBIN in Winter – Will It Go Anaerobic?
Will a Cold HOTBIN Turn Anaerobic?
No. The HOTBIN will just compost the contents at a cooler temperature as long as paper and bulking are added with the waste, it just means that no cooked food, weeds or pet waste should be added in if it’s not over 40c. If the contents of the HOTBIN begin to smell putrid, that is the time to become concerned about the contents turning anaerobic and to start taking corrective action.
As you may expect there is less garden waste over winter, so less to compost. This does not however mean that the HOTBIN will stop working over winter or that you need to let it go dormant, just bear in mind that even when/if the bin is running below 40°c it is still composting faster than many other systems. There are however a few ways to compensate for this drop in the availability of waste and maintain a higher composting temperature.
The HOTBIN can be started in the same way as any other time of year with the addition of the kick start bottle if necessary: