FAQ

How is the Nature Mill PRO XE designed?

The XE Series have evolved and now feature a stronger motor, a more powerful filter, an energy save mode among other things.

How does it work?

Deposit food waste any time, any day - up to 120 lbs. per month. For best results, cut items into small pieces. Items remain in the upper chamber under optimal composting conditions: mixing, air flow, heat, and moisture. The energy released destroys odors, pathogens, and seed germination. It is later transferred through a trap door to the lower cure tray , where it continues to compost while you add fresh items to the upper chamber.

Where can I use this?

This composter can be used anywhere electricity is available. It fits inside any standard cabinet, so keep it in the kitchen, a garage or laundry room. Use it outdoors, even in the snow, rain or freezing temperatures. Keep the power supply dry, using a weather-rated power outlet (available at most hardware stores)

When should I empty the compost bin?

Empty the cure tray when the indicator light comes on - roughly every two weeks. More than 70% of the initial waste disappears into thin air -- literally -- as compost cultures convert it into water vapor. What's left is a very concentrated compost fertilizer. Fresh compost has a mild organic aroma, which people often describe as damp wool, sourdough bread, or mushrooms. You can use it outdoors immediately, or leave it in a heap until you are ready to garden.

How do I use my compost?

Food compost is very high in nitrogen, which is essential for healthy plants. Spread over the soil surface, like mulch. Nutrients will gradually enter the soil during watering and annual tilling. Use it on your garden, lawn, shrubs, trees, or indoor potted plants. One batch of compost is enough for 10-40 square feet of a lawn or garden, applied once or twice per year. Or use one batch per tree. You can also infuse mature compost with water to brew "compost tea" liquid fertilizer.

How environmentally friendly is the Nature Mill PRO XE?

The Nature Mill only uses 5 kwh per month, or about $0.50/month - less than a garbage truck would burn in diesel fuel to haul away the same waste. A Nature Mill composter recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills. Nature Mill is made from recycled and recyclable materials. Every Nature Mill composter meets or surpasses the stringent California Energy Efficiency Level IV - the most stringent energy standard in the world.