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Urban Composter Family Kit

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

105.00CAD

Size

Approx. 16" (40.6 cm) high x 12.75" (32.4 cm) diameter at its largest.

Material

Bin body: recycled polypropylene
Lid: recycled polypropylene (natural colour), polypropylene (all others)

Lid colour

Natural, Lime (green), Berry (purple)

Note

The Urban Composter Family Kit includes the Urban Composter Family + tamper + Compost Accelerator spray

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**NOTE: The Urban Composter Family Kit includes Urban Composter Family + tamper + Compost Accelerator sprayer (3-4 month supply)**

No bad odours. No pests. No worries.

Now available in Canada! The Urban Composter Family bokashi bin is the quick and easy way to create compost from your kitchen waste. Stylish, clean and effective, the Urban Composter Family is a kitchen countertop composting system that turns your unwanted peels, food scraps and leftovers into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden. This revolutionary compost container doesn’t just hold your kitchen scraps en-route to the compost heap; it actually starts the composting process right in your kitchen without any bad smells. And you can compost not only fruits and vegetables, but also meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and fats!

The Urban Composter Family is a stylish kitchen compost bin that looks great on the countertop in any kitchen. Holding more than 15 litres (4 gallons) of organic kitchen scraps, it is ideal for families or any household that generates a lot of organic waste. The Urban Composter City is a compact bokashi solution for smaller homes and apartments—it’s a mighty bokashi bucket in compact form, holding a very respectable 8 litres (2.1 gallons) of kitchen scraps. The Urban Composter Family bin is also available separately without the masher and Compost Accelerator.

Made for use with Urban Composter’s specially formulated proprietary bokashi Compost Accelerator spray, the Urban Composter is airtight, convenient and easy to use. The bucket is made from recycled plastic.

The Urban Composter Family comes with a tap to drain the bokashi liquid, which is rich in nutrients and makes an amazing fertilizer for your garden and houseplants (it’s also great for septic systems!).

The Urban Composter Family Kit also includes a tamper and a spray bottle of the Compost Accelerator.

NOTE: due to the size and weight of this product, a flat shipping rate of $30 applies. We offer free local pickup within the Greater Toronto Area. Please contact us at info@ahimsaeco.com for further details.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I love this composter! Since getting it our kitchen waste has reduced by over half! It’s so easy to use, no stink (that’s a big plus!!), perfect for a full house or an apartment, and fits nicely under my kitchen sink. I’m super pumped to use the compost tea in my veggie garden this summer. Very happy with my investment 😀

    • admin

      Hi Paige – I know, there’s SO much to love about the Urban Composter! I’m excited to see how your garden does this summer with the boost from the compost tea…

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I live in a condo that doesn’t have the option of composting. I had been searching for a way to compost to help reduce my kitchen waste and I came across the Urban Composter at the Green Living show in TO. I ordered it online and was able to pick it up in person! And I am glad I did! Wes and Stefani are fabulous. They are very passionate and practice what they preach! Wes provided a quick tutorial on how to use the composter and even gave me a tour of his flourishing backyard. I have been using the composter for about 3 weeks now and I have yet to throw out a bag in the trash!! It is starting to ferment (I was a bit worried that I had screwed it up but with a quick email to Wes, he reassured me it can take time and provided some tips) and there are no smells or bugs. It is so easy and I am so happy I stumbled upon this.

    With living in a Condo, I have offered my fermented scraps (once my first batch is done) to my friends to put their gardens and they have gladly accepted. I may try to mix my own with soil in a bucket….the possibilities are endless 🙂

    • admin

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Rachel! We’re so happy to hear that you share our enthusiasm for the Urban Composter. I’m always here if you have any questions in the future. 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Such an awesome way to compost! I live in a condo and this has made it super easy to compost right on my balcony! Also in getting the compost tea, it has helped me keep my plants alive for more than two weeks! I currently leave it on my balcony but it fits perfectly under my kitchen sink.
    I eat a lot of plant based food and it took me almost 3 weeks to fill up! Definitely worth the investment for the bigger composter based on my lifestyle

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What can I compost in the Urban Composter?

All types of food scraps can be added. These include fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, citrus, dairy, coffee grounds, wilted flowers, eggshells and more! We recommend cutting up food scraps into smaller pieces to allow for quicker fermentation. It’s best to avoid adding excessive liquids or anything that’s already gone bad/rotten. While the Urban Composter can handle small bones, bear in mind that while these will take a VERY long time to break down—while you can expect to see them in your compost, bear in mind that bones act as excellent slow-release fertilizers.

If adding any animal-based food scraps, it’s best to add 1 teaspoon of sugar and to thoroughly spray them with Compost Accelerator. This helps gives the fermentation a boost, providing easy-to-digest sugars to help offset the harder-to-digest proteins and fats.

 

If I add animal-based food scraps to the Urban Composter, won’t it attract pests?

No. The Urban Composter ferments food waste, giving it a strong pickled/sour smell that most animals cannot tolerate. On two occasions, we accidentally left the lid open to our compost bin (to which we add fermented food scraps) for at least 24 hours, and there was no evidence of animals getting into it! Certain flies might be attracted to the fermented scraps, so it’s important to keep your lid tightly closed—this keeps odours in and pests out.

 

Is the Urban Composter suitable for apartment/condo living?

Yes! Even if you do not have a garden, you can use the Urban Composter to reduce your food waste and so benefit your home and the environment. If you have a balcony, mix the contents of the Urban Composter in a large Rubbermaid bin with an equal amount of healthy soil. This will eventually turn into compost, which will nourish potted plants. If this is not possible, many municipalities offer regular organic waste pick-up.

As a last resort even if you put the contents into the garbage, by using the Urban Composter you have reduced the volume of your food waste by about 300%. As the food scraps ferment in the Urban Composter, no greenhouse gases are released! Plus you will have produced your own organic liquid fertilizer which your plants will love.

 

How do I use the Urban Composter?

Cut up your food scraps and add them to the Urban Composter bucket. Tamp them down with the tamper to compact them, and help remove trapped air. Add a few sprays of Compost Accelerator onto the scraps every time they are added. Drain the juice from the bucket every few days. The juice can be diluted with water (1:100, or 1 tsp juice mixed with 500 mL water) and used as a fertilizer for the garden. It can also be drained into the sink as an organic drain cleaner or poured full-strength down the drain for houses on a septic system to help boost the break down of septage.

 

What if my Urban Composter develops a strong offensive odour?

It is very important to drain the juice from your composter every few days to avoid any stronger smells. When you open the lid to add more food scraps and when you drain the liquid, there will likely be a fermenting odour (often described as sour or pickled). If an offensive smell (think putrid, rather than pickled) occurs, you can use a mix of vinegar and water directly onto the food scraps to reduce this odour.

That said, the Urban Composter will not emit any odours while the lid is fully closed. We keep our Urban Composter right on our countertop, day and night, and never notice any odours from it (except when we open it).

 

How should I clean my Urban Composter bucket?

It is important that you don’t use harsh chemicals, as this will kill the microbes in the accelerator spray. Any organic/biodegradable cleaner can be used to clean your City or Urban Composter bucket, or you can also use water mixed with vinegar or lemon juice.

 

What happens when my bucket is full?

Ideally, leave the scraps in your Urban Composter or City Composter for one week after filling, to ensure all food scraps are properly fermented. Next ensure all the juice is drained, then bury the remaining pulp under soil, or place it in a compost bin or pile. The food scraps from your Urban Composter will continue to break down and will become compost in about 6-8 weeks.  This compost can be used in garden beds or potted plants.

 

Will maggots or flies appear in the Urban Composter?

If the Urban Composter lid is been left open, it’s possible for flies to come in and lay eggs. This is more common in warmer climates and during summer months. If this happens, empty the Urban Composter and bury the contents. Rinse the bucket with water and clean it using an organic cleaner or a mix of water and vinegar, cleaning around the lid seal very well.

 

When I screw in the spigot, it ends up upside-down (or to the side/off-centre). Do I need a replacement?

No. All you have to do is unscrew the spigot and then remove the nut inside, rotating it so that it allows the spigot to end up perfectly aligned, after being tightened to “hand tight” (as tight as you can reasonably get it by hand, without the need for any tools). If your spigot is upside down, turn the nut halfway around; if your spigot faces to the right, turn the nut a quarter turn or so to the right (clockwise); etc. It might help to watch this video on how to fix this issue.

 

My Urban Composter has a leaky tap.

If the leak is from where the tap inserts into the side of the bucket:

  1. Ensure the spigot is screwed tightly into the bucket.
  2. If so and it’s still leaking, the nut on the inside of the bucket into which the spigot screws may have been inserted backwards. One side of the nut is smooth around the outside; the other is hollowed-out around the threaded centre. The visible side (i.e., facing the centre of the bucket) should be hollowed-out.
  3. If the nut is properly aligned and the tap is still leaking, remove the spigot and add some teflon tape (plumber’s tape) around the threading of the spigot. This will help to tighten the seal.

If the leak is from the tap itself:

Tighten the top of the tap just below the lever that opens/closes the tap. If this does not work, contact us and we will send you a replacement tap.

A build-up of liquid should not be allowed to accumulate in the bottom of the Urban Composter. It is important to drain off the liquid every couple of days. Watch this video which troubleshoots all tap issues.

 

What if my lid is hard to open or close?

The Urban Composter bucket lid is designed to be a snug fit. As the Urban Composters are individually manufactured, there may be slight differences and a few people find some lids hard to open.

For the Urban Composter Family: if you find that the clips on the lid are tight, you can soften them by applying heat from a hair dryer for a minute or so. The clips will also loosen with use. Always use the front lip of the lid—this is best for opening and closing the clips.

For the Urban Composter City: if you find the lid is hard to open rub some vegetable oil around the top of the bucket where it connects with the lid. The lid does soften and become easier to open with use.

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