The kick-start bottle
Why is the kick-start bottle needed?
How to use the kick-start bottle
- Carefully fill bottle with boiling water and replace the lid tightly.
- Make a space in the top layer of waste and situate the bottle inside the HOTBIN covering with fresh and easy to digest waste.
- Close the lid and leave for 24 hours without opening.
- Check lid thermometer is above 15°c after 24 hours, if not repeat process once more
As a result you should see an increase in temperature which should be sustained as long as waste is added on a regular basis with shredded paper/card and bulking agent.
What if the temperature is over 15°c?
Can hot water just be added directly into the bin?
Do not pour boiling water directly into the heap – the water will simply cool leaving no energy to evaporate the extra water and the contents in an overly wet state.
Warning: Once full, bottle is extremely hot, wear gloves and handle with care. The kick start bottle supplied with the HOTBIN is manufactured from a high density polyethylene (HDPE). This material has been chosen to withstand the boiling temperatures from water poured inside it and is not the same as fizzy drink bottles (PET) or milk bottles (LDPE).
DO NOT substitute with a bottle that is not HDPE which will likely warp or potentially break causing injury to the user.