Green Mountain Technologies, a provider of composting systems, introduces a new in-vessel system focused on composting at the neighborhood-level.

The Earth Cube is a fully-enclosed composting system designed specifically for composting food waste. The standard Earth Cube features a natural aeration system and a portable mixing auger. In addition, the aeration system can be powered with an optional solar panel.

Van Calvez, GMT’s In-Vessel Systems Manager, says, “We saw a need for a less expensive composting vessel that would help communities and small organizations compost food waste locally. If you are in a rural area, you can sometimes get away with composting food waste in an open pile. But in urban and suburban environments, people are concerned about rats, bugs and odors. These are solvable problems. People just need the right tools and support. That’s why we created the Earth Cube.”

The Earth Cube is designed to prevent animals and bugs from accessing the compost while providing favorable conditions for hot composting of the food waste. The Earth Cube provides tools for odor control and elimination of pathogens and weed seeds. The 1.4-yard capacity Earth Cube can receive up to 50 lbs. of material per day.

The Earth Cube is the result of a year-long development effort. Green Mountain Technologies now has five demonstration systems installed around the country. An Earth Cube was most recently installed at The Nature Conservancy on Santa Cruz Island near Los Angeles.