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compost pail

Sep 16, 2010 -

We recently purchased the stainless steel compost pail and love it. It’s so easy to empty and clean, and it doesn’t stain like the plastic one did. The plastic one was great and lasted many years but my new pail is so much nicer. We do have one small problem - we always fill it too full and the filter gets yucky. Does anyone know how often you can clean the filter without loosing its effectiveness?

Rena Takahashi Says:
Sep 17th, 2010 at 8:59 am

“I got one for Christmas last year and I love it too.  I just pulled the filter out - same problem as yours.  But I also make a point of emptying it into my backyard compost bin at least once a day.  Honestly I don’t think the carbon filters do much.  You could probably get a similar ““odor control”” effect by sewing a small pouch to fit and filling it with dry coffee grounds or baking soda.  And if you’re not a sewer you could probably make one out of paper towels and glue/masking tape.”

Heather Says:
Sep 18th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have the same problem. I’ve been just rinsing the filters so I hope that doesn’t ruin them! I wasn’t sure what else to do.

Sarah G. Says:
Sep 20th, 2010 at 11:15 am

I think that while rinsing the filters will eventually decrease their efficiency it would work fine until it was time to replace the filter (every 3 months).  I have the plastic less fancy one and I do think the filters work well to keep the smell down and bugs away. (They worked even better when I replaced them periodically.)  We sell replacement filters for all the compost pails at Peaceful Valley although I like the homemade sachet idea too. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work just as well.

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