The latest in vertical composting, the Exaco Aeroplus 6000 3-Stage 140 Gallon Compost Bin is smartly built with a large capacity but takes up less space than 2 or 3 regular compost bins. The Polypropylene Copolymer plastic is industrial-quality and 5mm thick making it super durable. This material is UV-stabilized to resist damage from the sun. On this composter you'll find a hinged lid with a turning handle lock to keep animals out and two large doors from which to remove compost. This composter is best suited for organic household waste and kitchen scraps. It is not intended for large quantities of grass cuttings. A clever multi-chamber system saves you from turning over the compost and features large filling and removal flaps with snap-on wind protection. Ventilation is adjustable for air control in the summer and winter. The Aeroplus accomplishes composting in three stages:
Stage 1: Food and garden waste is collected and mixed with only low ventilation (anaerobic). This is a proven method to prevent attracting annoying insects like wasps and flies and to bring a greater mass of waste at one time to the 2nd stage by opening the discharge flap.
Stage 2: Waste is digested rapidly with generous ventilation, generating heat up to 70 degrees C (158º F), thereby destroying weeds. Waste looses a lot of volume, so the 2nd stage has a capacity of approximately 3x that of the first cabin.
Stage 3: When the 2nd stage is filled, it's moved to the 3rd stage, at the same time mixed and aerated by the turning the outside handle which turns the shelf. Digested and cooled down compost is maturing in intense contact with earth and the myriads of useful organisms therein. As new waste is separated from mature compost by the 3-stage system and due to the turning bottom, the mature compost is not compressed. Removal is clean and easy through the two large discharge flaps/doors on opposite sides at the bottom camber of the composter.
The Aeroplus 6000 is the Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Best of the Best in 2013. It has a 2-year manufacturer warranty and is made by Juwel in Austria.