The Aerobin comes with a composting tips leaflet which gives you several recipes and methods to get your new Aerobin started. I started an Aerobin 200 in October 2012 as shown below.
Add a layer of fibrous and dry material to the bottom of your bin, this will give your waste material something to sit on that will allow it to drain without blocking the holes into the leachate tank. This material might be twigs, dry leaves or similar. In time this dry material will be incorporated into the biomass, or if it is very woody you can remove it when you first remove composted material from your Aerobin.
Dry woody material to line the base of the Aerobin.
To give your Aerobin a really good start it is best to introduce some of the micro-organisms that are going to be doing all the hard work. These will develop on their own, but to kick start the whole process add some material from an existing compost heap, if you don't have one, try a neighbour. You could also use non-heat treated (or non-sterilised) compost from a garden centre. For my Aerobin I used some really long standing and rich compost from a neglected compost heap. It was full of worms and ideal to get things going in the new Aerobin.
Worm rich compost from an old bin.
Collect a good layer to add to the Aerobin.
Once you have added the dry layer, and the live compost layer you can start adding your regular degradable waste. Your Aerobin will thrive on a whole variety of ingredients, refer to the Aerobin composting tips leaflet, or see our page on adding compostable material to your Aerobin.
Its not so clean inside now, but its just the start of processing huge amounts of waste and producing great compost.