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How to start your system

If you have just purchased an Ecolet™ system, then this guide on how to start up your system is for you

Once your Ecolet™ system is fully installed and the ventilation system is running, you need to add a starter bed before the system can be used

 

For Ecolet™ 240 Range – Models Manual 15e, Automatic 25e, Fully Automatic 55ai & Fully Automatic 65ai

First, you will need to acquire your bulking agent (carbon materials). These can be sourced from WCTNZ or suppliers from around NZ. We recommend light grade Wood Shavings, Coco Peat and Peat moss is used as the starter-bed material (bulking agent). The reason we recommend this mixture is because they are high in carbon and hygroscopic properties, that are a good texture to trap oxygen and provide repertory airways for the life of the compost.
Ecolet™ 240 systems benefit from a mixture of Wood Shavings, Coco Peat and Peat Moss. Please see best bulking agent guide here [link].
In some cases, due to supply problems or personal preference, it is not practical to use wood shavings see alternative bulking agents discussed in the Operating Manual for your consideration.

Step-by-step guild

  1. Once you have your wood shavings mixture you will need to fill the systems composting chamber with the bulking agent mixture to the necessary level. Open the compost cover by pressing the toilet seat down. Pour some of the bag of WCT Eco Mix (30 supplied with the system) down into the system. Add one bag of WCT Microbe Mix into the system as well.
  2. You will need to add a little water to this starter bed - about one litre is all that’s needed. This wets out the starter bed to encourage Microbial growth for effective composting.
  3. Turn the mixer handle 6 times in the clockwise direction (Manual model only) or press and hold the micro switch behind the seat (Automatic models only), until the mixer stops (approximately 5 seconds), then release the button. This allows the mixing arms to complete their cycle between each press (approximately 1 min.). Repeat 2-3 times until the mulch is evenly disbursed through the toilet.
  4. Adjust your thermostat dial or program to the appropriate setting. See supplied Manual for guidance

Note that;

  • Some of the starter bed material will fall through the grate and fill up the tray. THIS IS NORMAL - DO NOT EMPTY THE TRAY UNTIL LATER.
    On-going maintenance.
  • It is very important to add a Microbial mixture to your toilet after you have emptied the tray. Once you have placed the tray back into your Ecolet, add 1 cup of WCT Microbe Mix directly into the toilet bowl.

Important!
WCTNZ cannot guarantee the operation of your unit unless you are using approved Bulking Agent and Microbe mixtures. For more information on the bulking agent mixtures see here [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now completed the setup of your new composting toilet.

 

For Ecolet™ Slimline

Step-by-step guide

  1. Remove top of the pedestal. Ensure compost chamber is properly placed inside the pedestal.
  2. Lift and fold back the chamber lid. (Only close the lid when leaving the chamber outside for further composting).
  3. Add 5 litres of the Bulking Agent WCT Eco Mix (supplied with the system) into the compost chamber bottom and spread evenly.
  4. Replace the top of the pedestal and EcoLet is ready to be used!
    These steps are used every time a new empty chamber is needed.

Note that;

  • The Bulking Agent contains fine grade Coco Peat or Peat Moss 20% and untreated wood shavings 80%.
  • There is no need to add Microbial mixtures to this type of system.

Important!
WCTNZ cannot guarantee the operation of your unit unless you are using approved Bulking Agent and Microbe mixtures. For more information on the bulking agent mixtures see here [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now completed the setup of your new composting toilet

 

For Ecolet™ Separera NE 30

Step-by-step guide

  1. Ensure the compost chamber is properly placed inside the pedestal for the NE30 system.
  2. Press the toilet seat down to open the chamber screens to access the dry solids chamber.
  3. Add 5 litres of the Bulking Agent, WCT Eco Mix (supplied with the system) into the solids chamber. There is no need to spread the bulking agent out for the Separera Models.
  4. These steps are repeated every time a new empty chamber is needed.

Note that;

  • DO not put any down the urinals as this will block the urine pipe
  • The Bulking Agent contains fine grade Coco Peat or Peat Moss 20% and untreated wood shavings 80%.
  • There is no need to add Microbial mixtures to this type of system, but the toilet urinal will benefit from a treatment cleaner like Ecogreen Toilet & Urinal Cleaner as it will help keep it odourless for up to 30 days.

Important!
WCTNZ cannot guarantee the operation of your unit unless you are using approved Bulking Agent and Microbe mixtures. For more information on the bulking agent mixtures see here [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now completed the setup of your new composting toilet.