Love your pet while loving the Earth by composting your pet's poo at home. EnsoPet is a compact in-ground composting system that works with micro-organisms to quickly recycle pet waste into rich soil. All you need is an outdoor space in grass or soil to bury the unit up to the neck, then worms and micro-organisms do the rest, turning waste into a rich resource - and keeping it out of landfill.
What's included with the product?
Each kit comes with a composter, tongs and enzyme grain.
What are the measurements of the product?
Once assembled, it measures 35cm wide at the base, 40cm high and 18.5 cm wide at the top/lid.
How many EnsoPets will I need?
This depends on how much waste is produced and how well it composts. One EnsoPet should compost 200 grams of waste per day. The EnsoPet unit can hold approximately 18 litres of waste and the EnsoPet Starter expedites the composting process by at least 50%.
How long will a bag of EnsoPet Starter last, how much starter should you use?
This of course depends on how much waste is produced and how well it composts. The amount of waste a dog produces depends not only on the size of the dog, but the amount and type of food it is fed. If you use one handful (24 grams) a day for a medium size poo (100 grams), the 1kg bag will last you approximately 6 weeks.
Does the EnsoPet attract flies?
The EnsoPet does not generally attract flies for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the EnsoPet unit has a lid therefore there is no easy access for flies. Secondly the EnsoPet starter is full of beneficial organisms, as well as speeding up the composting process these organisms are also very efficient at reducing odour which in turn reduces attraction to flies.
Can I put kitty litter in the EnsoPet?
Kitty litter made from natural, living sources are good to compost and can even assist with the composting process. Synthetic kitty litters are not compatible with composting, they can damage the structure of the soil and cause toxins to leak into your garden. Clay based kitty litters would only be ok in very small amounts as clay holds water and does not compost well, it would slow the composting process. When adding kitty litter to an EnsoPet, you need to be mindful not to add too much that it fills up the composter too quickly, which could slow the composting process.
How long will the EnsoPet take to compost my pet's poo?
There are many different factors that contribute to the speed of composting, significantly composting needs oxygen. Aerating the waste to improve the oxygen flow is of enormous benefit, especially in an inground composter such as the EnsoPet. A compost aerator, garden fork, or trowel can be used for this, the more the waste is aerated the better the waste will compost.
Other factors to be aware of when composting are temperature and moisture levels; composting will slow down in cooler weather. If your garden needs watering so will the EnsoPet, too much water hinders the composting process, therefore it is recommended to install the EnsoPet where there is good drainage. When installing the EnsoPet dig the hole large enough so only the opening and lid are above the soil, the larger the hole the better. Better results will be achieved when waste is added in small amounts often, rather than large amounts infrequently. The condition and type of soil is significant, for example, clay soil can be very difficult to compost in, it is compact and causes water-logging, there is also little oxygen. Any soil, including clay soil, will benefit from composting with EnsoPet. If soil is healthy with lots of microbes and worms the composting process with be accelerated. When starting to compost in soil of poor quality, it is a slower process initially, as the soil condition improves so with the composing process. EnsoPet Starter is full of beneficial micro-organisms which will accelerate the composting process by at least 50%.
What do I do if the poo doesn't seem to be breaking down?
If an EnsoPet fills and does not appear to be composting it may have become air-locked, at this stage you need to stop adding waste. To aid the composting process aerate the waste daily, add some carbon rich waste, such as dry leaves, shredded paper, spent potting mix, and keep the waste moist. Adding some earth worms to the composter would also help. If after a few weeks the waste still does not appear to be composting, relocate the EnsoPet – dig around the unit to remove on side, once one side is detached the other 3 sides come out easier, leave the waste in the hole, covered with soil, the waste will continue to compost. More than one EnsoPet may be required with multiple pets, adding waste alternatively to different composters gives waste more time to compost, preventing the EnsoPet from becoming airlocked.