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Nature Mill Plus XE – Indoor compost bin


The Nature Mill Plus XE is an indoor compost bin. Unlike other kitchen waste disposal units, the Plus XE actually uses the natural action of microbes to break down pretty much any type of kitchen waste. Things like fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, dairy, meat, fish, pet waste, kitty litter, and cage beddings. The Nature Mill can take up to 55kg of waste per month, turning it into water vapour and awesome garden fertiliser.


The unit has a filter to remove garbage odours and uses about 5kWh of power per month to run, about the same as a night light. The Mill is made from recycled materials and can be used indoors or out, in any temperature and will need emptying about every 2 weeks when the little red light goes on. The Plus XE is the cheaper of two models and is priced at US$299 and according to the website they’re available worldwide.

Deposit food waste any time, any day – up to 120 lbs (55kg) per month. For best results, cut items into small pieces. Items remain in the upper chamber under optimal composting conditions: mixing, air flow, heat, and moisture. The energy released destroys odors, pathogens, and seed germination.

Tags: gadget, nature+mill, nature+mill+xe+plus, indoor+composting


  • Now that is green, efficient, and and hopefully not odiferous for improving the planet. Except for that little part about pet waste, especially from a cat or dog. They can carry things you really don't want in the food cycle. Same with birds. Rats, rabbits, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs – all good. Frog, toad and reptile supplies such as moss and substrate are all good as well. The Cooperative Extension Agency usually has good tips on what to include.

  • I'll bet the kitchen smells like a Polish outhouse in summer.

    • Nope, like the smell of sourdough apparently

  • 5kWh per month works out to 6.85 Watt 24 hours a day. That's a pretty hefty night light!
    Our night light uses 0.4W and has a light sensor so it switches off in daytime.

    • I don't know about that Philip. 7 watts sounds about right for the old incandescent nightlights.
      I remember people complaining about tellies having 10W to 15 W drain in standby mode.

  • "Nope, like the smell of sourdough apparently"

    You don't know about the stench of my sourdough! I do – Tom Cruise.

  • I actually have one of these. No smell at all except for a faint coffee aroma because that is what I put in it most. It is a great invention and I am happy to do my part for the environment (and very happy to get great compost all year round). The reviews for the newer model have been very good so clearly this company has been advancing the technology.

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