Thanks to Sarah, we're getting to the point where very little from our house is going to go into the garbage can. The green thing to the left is the NatureMill. The white receptacle is for garbage. The blue receptacle is for our new office curbside recyclable container. It looks like this:
What can go in here? This:
When we first received the NatureMill, Sarah thought she might have to send it back. It made an unexplained clicking sound and didn't seem to work right. A call to their service center gave us information that wasn't included in their instruction manual. Since then, it works great. So you take garbage that looks like this:
And throw it into the hopper:
Along with kitchen scraps, You have to throw a few standard wood pellets on top of it:
It churns and heats periodically. As long as you aren't tempted to keep peeking at the composting material, there's no smell. But, if you keep opening the door the smell gets out.
After 5 or so days of adding stuff, you have this:
Then, it dumps into the bottom:
After a couple of weeks of adding kitchen scraps you have a lot of fully composted material. This thing is pretty awesome.