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Not A Composter

No, as the sign says - Not a Composter. And the Green Johanna is not - just - a composter.

Composting is a great way to deal with garden and vegetable based food waste and create a rich natural soil supplement for your garden. But it has its limitations as well as those advantages.

GREEN CONE

STANDARD COMPOST

GREEN JOHANNA

Takes all food waste including meat, bones, dairy Takes only vegetable based food waste Takes all food waste including meat, bones, dairy
Doesn't take garden waste Takes (needs) garden waste Takes (needs) garden waste
Requires no stirring Needs to be stirred/turned on a regular basis Needs to be stirred/turned on a regular basis
Empty only once every two or three years Needs to be emptied regularly Needs to be emptied regularly
Can handle all of the food waste for a family of four to five Dependent on size Can handle all of the food waste for a family of eight to ten
Needs sun and decent drainage (can be built)   Needs shade, no darinage
Works best in temperatures above -5° C Works best in temperatures above 0° C With jackets, works through coldest winters
Produces no compost - 90% of the waste is decomposed into nutrient rich water that is absorbed into the soil Produces rich supplement (compost) for garden use Produces rich supplement (compost) for garden use

So, in terms of dealing with food waste, the Green Cone is a complete solution, the Green Johanna is a complete solution, and standard composting isn't. The Green Cone is also a heck of a lot easier to use. On the gardening side, the Green Cone doesn't replace composting, but it can work well in conjunction with it.