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The Kitchen Garbage Gobbler

The Food Waste Problem

crap_2The Sustainable Living Research Center in Lincoln City is starting a program to impact the Food Waste Problem of Lincoln County, even Crab Shells.

50%U.S. consumers waste up to 50 percent more food than Americans did in the 1970s, according to National Institutes of Health.   If you’re assuming restaurants and farming are the sole culprits of food and agricultural waste, consider that a U.S. family of four discards around $1,500 a year on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40 percent of all food in this country is never eaten.

40%Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in the landfill.  33 million tons of food makes its way to landfills each year. (Environmental Protection Agency)

The environmental impact is huge: food waste, which is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, quickly generates methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the United States.

A possible answer is the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler 

personPlace the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler where it is easy for you to use but out of direct sunlight and away from any heaters. It is going to work best if kept indoors at ambient temperature. It can be in a closet, in the laundry room, or in the kitchen. If you live where the temperature is warm year around, you can keep it outdoors but keep it out of the direct sunlight. The UV rays will kill microbes.

The Kitchen Garbage Gobbler uses a fermentation process. It is often referred to as a type of ‘composting’ but it is  not.  The fermentation stage results i two different products: a liquid  and a solid.  The fermented waste end product after the soil microbes have finished the process is far richer in organic content and nutrients. In the process no greenhouse gases were produced and no heat was generated which is quite the opposite from composting where many polluting gases and heat were allowed to escape to the atmosphere. Composting reduces the mass of material by more then 50%. Fermentation leaves the mass of material virtually unchanged. The moisture content for fermented end product is much higher so this soil does not desiccate (dry) the soil as does compost. The organic nutrients in the soil after fermentation are not as water soluble as are the nutrients derived from composting (by oxidation) and are therefore less prone to leaching away with watering and run-off after rains.

no stinkMany people like using the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler because it is very easy, and no bad odors, but it does have an odor. it is a vinegar\yeast smell.

Unlike composting, no measurable gases are being produced and you will not notice any bad odors. It is perfectly safe to operate in the home, under the sink.. No methane gas is produced.

All that is needed is a Kitchen Garbage Gobbler, our special EM-Dust, which is wheat bran treated with ‘Effective Microbes’  (EM)  and of course,  table scraps.

Table Scraps

can doAny type of fresh food waste can go into the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler. No rotten food.







If you are familiar with normal composting, you will know that there are some materials not recommended for a compost pile – namely meats, oily foods and dairy. With the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler method there is no limit, as long as it is an organic product, no plastic.

What you are doing is turning your kitchen scraps into pickled kitchen scraps. At the end of the process the food looks just like it did when it went into the system, except it’s pickled. An orange looks like an orange, and an apple looks like an apple.

noThings not to place in the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler






The Kitchen Garbage Gobbler

square_2It is a two bucket system, one inside the other.  The top bucket has holes in it to allow any liquid to drain into the bottom bucket. The liquid is called leachate.

The Secret …… EM-Dust

The key component of a successful Kitchen Garbage Gobbler is the EM-Dust and fresh food waste.

If the food waste has gone bad, for example smell rotten, black mold etc. it will not work.   It will have “bad” microorganisms in it.

The EM-Dust consists of material inoculated with a special mixture of microbes, variously referred to as ‘effective microorganisms’, ‘friendly microorganisms’, or ‘efficient microorganisms’. These microorganism will caused “white” mold to grow on the food waste.

White Mold = Good

Black Mold = Bad

The Process

0_kitchenOnce you have the table scraps, Gobbler and EM-Dust you are ready to get started.

Place your table scraps into your bucket, make a 2” layer.  Cut the table scraps into small pieces.  The smaller the pieces the better the fermentation stage works.  Sprinkle a handful of EM-Dust over top and seal it – that’s it!

Continue doing this until you’ve filled the bucket completely. You may want to use a heavy plate of some sort to help press down the materials in the bucket. This will force the air out.  Air will cause the bucket to smell bad – get the air out. 

Simply press the food down each time then put the lid on the bucket.

If a batch develops a strong putrid smell, it usually it means the bucket contains too large of table scraps, too much liquid or not enough dust.  The leachate (EM liquid) will accumulate in the bottom bucket.  If your table scraps are fruit like apples, excess EM liquid will need to be drained.

It is typically recommend using the EM liquid within a few hours of collecting it. If you store it for longer than a day or two it will go off – you will tell by the foul smell.  If you have more EM liquid than you can use you have a few options

It may take a week or more if you are just starting getting any EM liquid. Once it begins to form, you will usually collect some every few days. It depends on what is being put in the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler  if you are getting very little liquid it is ok.

The EM liquid removed is loaded with microbes and nutrients. If you dilute the liquid 1 teaspoon of juice with 2-3 liters of water and then use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants, they will get the benefit of the nutrients and microbes. The plants should show in short order improved blooms and growth.

Some dilution rates for your EM Liquid.

1:100 for lawns and gardens (This includes vegetable gardens)
1:300 for house pot plants.
1:500 for cacti and other succulents.
1:1000 for any sensitive plants.

EM Liquid is a very useful by-product of Kitchen Garbage Gobbler, and it takes no extra work to produce. The primary use for EM Liquid is for feeding plants by adding it to the soil. Getting the microbes down to the root level of the plants produces amazing results for plant growth, health and vitality. Simply put, plant roots thrive on them. Compost tea i different, it is fertilizer, and can be used as a foliar spray or a soil additive. Compost tea differs from EM Liquid in its microbial makeup.

  • Keep using it in your garden. You can still use it as a soil enhancement during the winter months. The beneficial microbes may go dormant during the colder temperatures, but they will reactivate as the temperatures rise, as long as there is food for them to thrive, ie. organic material in the soil.
  • Add it to your normal compost pile. This will give your compost pile a boost during the winter. Again, the microbes can remain dormant and reactivate in the spring.
  • Simply pour the EM liquid down the drain to unblock slow sinks and drains. The microbes are great for clearing out the grime in your pipes and are the same microbes used in septic systems.
  • Remember that you will get plenty more EM liquid throughout the year. The fresher the EM liquid, the more abundant the beneficial microbes will be and the better the tea is for your plants and garden.
  • EM Liquid is very acidic. It must be diluted 1:100. This acidity makes it ideal as a weed killer. No need to dilute it, just simply pour it directly on to your weeds.How to use EM Liquid as a weed killerLocate your weed
    Collect EM Liquid
    Pour the EM Liquid on the weed
    Repeat every few days if your weed is a particularly stubbornBy pouring the EM Liquid directly onto the plant, it will also soak into the soil and get to work on the roots of the plant. However, it could also kill adjacent plants. If there are neighboring plants that you don’t want to lose. Put the EM Liquid in a spray bottle and apply the undiluted bokashi tea to the foliage of the leaves only.

Because the system is completely sealed no mice, rats, cockroaches, or other pests will be attracted to the fermenting organic waste. You will not be bothered by fruit flies or any other insects coming to the waste material.

How to Sign Up

There is a returnable deposit of $20 to enroll. You will receive twenty (20) 2lbs of EM-Dust, given  as you need them, which should near last one year.

If you bring your full machine to our location you will receive a clean Kitchen Garbage Gobblers as well as you EM-Dust..

What happens to the Kitchen Garbage Gobblers results?

How to use them in your Garden

  1. dig holeDig a hole or trench approximately 8 – 10 inches deep. Add the waste and mix in some soil. Cover the waste completely with soil. Now forget about it – there’s nothing else to do! Your soil has begun to be enriched on a microbial level.
  2. For established gardens, dig the hole around plants or between rows of trees.
  3. Be sure roots of very young plants do not come into direct contact with the waste, as it may burn them. The waste is very acidic when first dug in, but neutralizes after 7-10 days. It is best to wait 2 weeks before planting.
  4. If you don’t have room to dig a hole every time your bucket needs emptying, you can create a compost heap, burying the waste in a regular spot in your garden. Once the waste has completely broken down, use it as a rich top-soil. The solid waste can also be added to a conventional compost bin.


When you bring your Kitchen Garbage Gobbler to the Sustainable Center, you will be given a clean Kitchen Garbage Gobbler and more EM-Dust.  The fermenting table scraps from your Kitchen Garbage Gobbler will be used in OUR garden.


A family of five takes about 2 weeks to fill a four-gallon container. Once your bucket is completely full, simply seal it up and bring it to the Sustainable Living Center and get a new clean bucket and do it again.

  • Sustainable Living Center
  • 82 Siletz Highway
  • Lincoln City, OR 97367
  • 541-765-2109

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