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We finally bought a Green Cone

On Friday we bought our Green Cone. It is not a composter but a solar cone that takes food waste (even meat and bones) and breaks it down so that most of it drains away under ground. Every two to three years it needs to be emptied and the remains buried or composted. Sounds perfect!

I still have to screw the cone together and finish digging the hole needed for install. The hole is mostly dug. I picked the spot in our backyard and started digging yesterday. Shortly after I realized it was way too hot plus there was an added complication  (the boys were hovering around me trying to put Mr. Potato Head pieces in the hole). My husband continued digging after he got home from work. We broke for the night after he hit a PVC pipe.

Luckily it did not break! We will be digging a bit more on one side to get the extra depth needed to bury  the inner part of the cone. Good news was that the water we poured in to check for adequate drainage disappeared within the 15 minutes needed. Now we don’t need to move the hole to another area!!!

I Started doing a lot of research on Green Cone’s after two of my customers told me about it in the same day. Our composter doesn’t have enough room in it for all of our food and garden waste so we needed something new to add to our waste management. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOIddpg_Cos&feature=player_embedded Being able to take care of our own chicken bones, dairy and other meats in a sustainable way really drove me to buy the cone.

For more information about why a Green Cone would be useful here’s a good link. https://www.greencone.ca/Intro/theproblem.php

I found a YouTube video of a teenage boy assembling a Green Cone. Of course he gets his dad to dig the hole!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYClsSdRpKo&NR=1 That really cracked me up. Once it’s assembled and installed it should be easier to do than composting.

One of the municipalities in Canada has even started to subsidize the Green Cone. http://www.rmrecycling.org/index.php?page=how-to-guide Obviously they think that it will make a substantial impact on municipal garbage costs in the long run. I’m hoping that if enough people start to use them (and reduce their waste overall by consuming less, recycling, composting etc… maybe even praying) then Vancouver won’t resort to building the incinerator they have been talking about. http://www.straight.com/article-405110/vancouver/metro-vancouvers-proposed-incinerator-might-have-nanopollution-problem

I promise to update on how the rest of the install goes and how well the cone works for our family.

Have a wonderful day,



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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