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Clean occasionally with warm soapy water and touch up any scratches with rust-proof paint. Make sure the ground where the Speedibin is placed remains level with good drainage.
There are many of the original Speedibins that have been in use continuously since 1989, 27 years! Vancouver’s City Farmer and the Comox Valley Compost Education Centre are two examples. The founder of Fresh Earth Products has four bins that she has been using for 26 years. They are all still going strong. The galvanized screen on the bottom lives in the toughest conditions and will most likely need replacing after several years. Ultimately, they are metal, holding acidic soil and getting dings from forking over, so they will eventually rust or need to be recycled. Great value though: at $249 over 25 years, they cost less than $1 a month, way less than Netflix plus you are making your own soil amendments!
You can easily replace it with 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth from a hardware store. It should cost about $5. The screen is 27.5 x 30.5 inches (70 x 77 cm). Hardware cloth is usually sold in 36 inch rolls so you can simply bend the edges to fit the bottom snuggly.
Make sure that the ground is level so that the screen lays flat. It needs to be on earth so that microorganisms, worms and water can transfer. Do not put it on concrete or wood. If it is in sun it will speed the process slightly but if it is too sunny, the compost may dry out and necessitate watering. You will probably want it fairly close to the kitchen so that is convenient to dump scraps. You will be doing that more frequently than taking finished compost to the garden.
The Speedibin is larger than most backyard composters and one unit should be all that is needed for the average family living on a city lot.
For larger lots on half an acre or more, community gardens, or schools - we recommend starting with two Speedibins. This allows you to fill one while the other finishes making compost. You can always add another Speedibin if two are not enough. Some co-operatives use five Speedibins! Check out our blog on this topic: Managing Your Compost With One Bin.
Yes. While we make every effort to remove metal burrs or other sharp edges, some of the panels and the bottom mesh may still have sharp edges or points. Once the Speedibin is assembled, all exposed edges are folded and safe to handle without gloves.
The Speedibin is made in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, by Fab-All Manufacturing Ltd. Renowned for their precision fabrication, they use a CNC punch to ensure cutting accuracy when making our composters.