FAQ

 

What is the Biobox?

Biobox turns domestic food scraps into humus. The humus can be used as a fertilizer in your garden. Wastefox aims to make recycling food waste so comfortable and exciting that it becomes people’s natural way of life.

What are the benefits of a biobox?

Produce natural fertilizer for the plants in your garden or flower pots.

With the biobox you get to be part of a fascinating process that helps you develop a habit of sorting food waste.

The biobox reduces your ecological footprint. Recycling your biowaste prevents it from reaching landfills where large amounts of greenhouse gases are emitted.

You can produce humus all year long.

It is around 5 times quicker than regular composting and prevents bad smells from appearing.

How does the food biobox work?

Biobox works by combining aerobic composting with an insulated environment, composting microbes and binding substances. Aerobic composting is achieved by the drum system - all waste is in contact with oxygen due to regular spinning of the box. This also allows necessary microbes to reach every part of the biowaste mass. The combination of added substances keeps the process rapid and allows to kick off decomposing right from the start. The insulation allows the recycler to work almost year round.

What kind of biowaste can I put into the biobox?

Vegetables, fruits, plants, flour and bread products, coffee grounds, herbs, plant based milk, unprocessed paper and cardboard, egg shells, jam and jelly remains etc. Decomposing dairy and meat remains is possible but to achieve best humus quality and odor free composting we recommend that those substances do not exceed 5% of the whole mass of biowaste.

Egg shells take longer to decompose but can be beneficial to the composition of the humus. It is up to you if you are ok with some pieces of egg shell still showing in your humus.

Should I cut my food waste into smaller pieces?

The recycler decomposes everything, even larger and entact pieces of biowaste, but cutting helps decompose substances substantially faster. We advise to chop or at least cut in half such products as tomatoes, cabbages and all other hard or tough skinned vegetables.

Where can I put my recycler? Is it meant for indoor or outdoor use?

The recycler can be used outdoors and indoors (utility rooms);  outdoors we reccomend to place it on balconies, terraces. It can be also used in utility rooms such as basements and garages. Although not recommended it can be used indoors as well. We don't reccomend placing the biobox directly under the rain.

What is the size of the food recycler?

450 x 490 x 530mm

Is there any bad smell coming from the food recycler?

Our technology helps to prevent odors. If substances are added and the recycler is turned at regular intervals no noticeable odors are emitted.

How long does it take to fill a recycler?

A 4-member family usually fills the recycler in approximately 1-2 months. Since the waste contracts 3-5 times (starting to get smaller already after a few days) the relatively small volume of the recycler still allows months of  waste recycling.

How long does it take for the humus to get processed?

High quality humus is ready in approximately 2 months.

The humus is ready in around 1-2 months. Does this mean that I have to wait 2 months after the last banana peel is thrown in to start using the humus?

No. You can start using the humus in about 2 weeks after the last piece of food waste has been added. The largery composted mass of humus incorporates the last pieces of waste relatively quickly compared to the beginning of the process. You can either wait the extra weeks to add waste or simply use another inner case - just lift the inner case full of humus, let it be finished in a week and in the meantime use a fresh inner case.

How can I empty the recycler?

The system of a separate inner case makes getting the humus out extremely easy. You have two ways to do this: 1. Remove the top half of the recycler and lift out the inner case full of ready to use humus. The inner box has handlings that make it easy to lift. 2. Remove smaller amounts of humus either through the lid or after the top half has been removed. You can use a smaller shovel or scoop for this. This way you don’t have to remove the whole box and can use some of the humus halfway.

After taking the inner box out you can either empty it right away and return the same box or store the humus for longer periods and use an additional inner box.

What do the bacterial liquid and compost powder consist of?

Compost liquid Festinate consists of decomposing bacteria and microbes that originate from regular compost piles. Compost powder Terra consists of seaweed and macroelements.

What are the compost liquid and compost powder needed for?

Compost liquid and powder will boost up the decomposition process and make the odors disappear during the process. The powder also helps to regulate the moisture for better composting.

How often do I need to add the compost liquid and powder?

After every 1.5-2 weeks. One set of powder (3l)  and liquid (0,5l) will last for approximately 4 months.

How much biowaste can the recycler process?

The food recycler can process up to 500 l of biowaste per year.

How does cold weather affect the recycler?

Thanks to a layer of insulation decomposing takes place in temperatures down to 0 degrees Celsius. If the weather is colder than that for longer periods of time the decomposing process slows down but it is still possible to add waste to the recycler. As soon as the weather warms up the process restarts automatically. The decomposing process is faster during warmer seasons.

Are these substances safe for health and the environment?

The organic compost liquid and powder don’t affect human health or the environment in any way if used correctly. If swallowed in small doses then just drink water; if in large doses then contact a medical professional. If the substances come into contact with skin or with eyes just wash with water.

How the food recycler helps to save the environment?

Biobox avoids biowaste from entering landfills and getting burned. Landfilling biowaste creates many problems: from global warming to human toxicity in soil, water and air.

Our biobox gives you an efficient way for sorting and treating biowaste. The process binds the CO2 to the soil and replaces chemical fertilizers in garden. In the long run, we aim to save the fuel of garbage trucks.