Description of Patented System
(U.S. Patent #6,056,800)

Within the parameters of a berm, form on a solid base (concrete, graded soil, rubber rolled roofing or concrete slab) a carbonaceous based volume of aerobic material (wood chips, sawdust, bark, straw) . The size of the pile is determined by the waste stream.See picture below. (#10)

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One or more Reaction pits of predetermined size are formed within the Bio-E and filled with alternating layers of *anaerobic organic material followed by a layer of *aerobic material until the cavity is filled to an upper surface terminating below the top of the heap. (#14 and #16) Cover the upper surface of each cavity with a layer of aerobic material to form a lid. (#12) to control odors.
After a predetermined time interval has passed, (ideally 18 months), the organic materials deposited within the reactor pit of the Bio-E are harvested to obtain a nutrient rich, soil additive leaving in place peripheral sides thereby creating a replacement reactor pit. Thereafter, the reactor pit is refilled with alternating layers of organic material and the decomposition cycle is repeated. Air and/or water can also be injected into the Bio-E to speed up decomposition Combining predetermined quantities of specific materials in layers within the reactor pit takes advantage of the heat energy produced during the decomposition process and the percolation of water and gaseous by-products within the Bio-E. The movement of gas and water through the decaying materials not only accelerates decomposition but also promotes a more uniform and nutrient rich material when the process is complete.