Two bins is the perfect size
Have been using the bokashi system from Maze for a month now and the two bins is the perfect size. Instructions provided are very clear and so far the spray appears to be working perfectly. Using it has drastically reduced the rubbish we put in the red bins. Currently waiting for the first bin to do its work for a couple of weeks and looking forward to burying the food waste in the garden when its done.
The material looks solid and durable. No smelly or liquid leaks
- Packaging: good nothing to say, the product is well protected.
- Functionality and performance: overall looks like its working, however I had it only for a week. It could be useful to have some way to know if the “bokashi tea” is ready for collection.
- Reliability and durability: The material looks solid and durable. No smelly or liquid leaks. However, I am not sure if the lid will close that well as time goes. I haven’t tried to drop it from the bench, but I think it would survive.
- Design and aesthetics: The bin looks good (even if I didn...
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I find the compost bin Amazing
I find the compost bin amazing I have had it for a couple of weeks now and have gotten some great liquid fertiliser out of it. It saves me going down to my large outdoor compost bin each day. It breaks down the food scraps and leaves no smell in my house. I highly recommend this product to anyone.
Instructions which were easy to follow.
We recently purchased a twin indoor compost bin and then followed up with purchasing an outside 245L Tumbler to support our endeavours to become more environmentally aware.
We appreciated receiving the instructions which were easy to follow.
Filled the first bin in four days and well on our way to making our own compost.
Thanks for helping us bridge the gap between wannabee’s and actual adopters of better recycling in the home.
A great price and size compared to other systems.
The Maze Bokashi system so far seems great- the construction is sturdy, although the lid does require a bit of a push to close properly. I haven’t yet filled it all the way and left it to ferment but presuming the spray does it job in this regard. A great price and size compared to other systems.
I’m so disappointed with this product. I bought it online a few weeks ago via Bunnings and it’s already totally maggot infested. I’ve followed the instructions to a t and used the spray every time I put food scraps in, but it’s just beyond gross. And although the lid ‘clicks’ each time I close it, it’s definitely not airtight as I can actually see flies getting in and out around the rim.
I’ve just read some of the below reviews (which I wish I’d read before buying) and see that this is a recurring problem. So can you please contact me to try to arrange a solution? I really don’t want to give up on composting already. Thanks.
Flies and maggots
After having it for couple of weeks, bin started to have maggots and flies in it. We are extremely cautions, leave food in a bowl and bin it once a day, minimise opening and closing. The tap also leaked so i ended up having juice on my bench. It just doesnt seal properly. Just realised a lot of people had same issue as i do. I wished i read this much earlier.
Purchased for $68.00.
We bought 2 of these bins from Bunnings a few months ago and we have had many dramas with them since then. The plastic base that is inside the bins is not properly attached so we lost both when emptying the bins in our local community compost bin. But the worst part is that, as many people complained, the bins are not air tight so we have hundreds of maggots inside the bin after a few days every time ! Completely disgusting. We are following all instructions properly, using the bokashi mix every day, emptying the juice every other day but it just doesn’t work.
Don’t invest in these bins, that’s just a waste of money! The design needs to be changed for it to actually do what it is supposed to do.
I was excited to use the bokashi bins over Christmas but found with the finished bin it was really stinky so opened it only after a week and saw a lot of fat maggots! I've been really careful with only opening the bin once a day, spraying 7 times and adding lots of bran so was shocked (and grossed out!). On the internet I researched and it said that the fermentation process usually kills them so I added a lot more bran (plus salt) and closed the lid...but after a few days my husband saw the maggots had not died but matured so he threw the whole...bin away as he didn't want to deal with it. I wished I saw these reviews earlier as we have spent a lot of money these few days getting excited about composting and buying a whole heap of Maze products (including a new compost tumbler) and didn't realise the maggot problem could be caused from lids which are not air tight.
Purchased in December 2020 for $39.00.
Both the bins we have bought have maggots....a lot of them. The lids simply don't seal properly. I have emailed the company using the address on this forum so I hope I get a quick resolution as hubby and I have a compost disagreement and I'd really like to persist! The actual compost breaks down really fast and otherwise happy, just can't continue with maggots in the kitchen.
I bought 2 set from Bunnings. I have trialed it on both in the set and have ended up with fruit fly larva each time, despite making sure the lids are closed and even placing a brick on top. These lids are not airtight - I will have to look at other options.
Purchased in March 2019 for $62.00.
I recently bought a Maze Bokashi bin on the recommendation of a close friend who was raving about hers. For some time now I have wanted to find a solution to putting so many food scraps into landfill - and this is it! It's perfect for us as we have no room for a outdoor compost bin. It has a very good seal so it never smells in the house, and doesn't attract cockroaches or flies. It fits a decent amount of kitchen scraps (and a good variety too - including meal leftovers), especially after you push them down and spray them with the Liquid Bokas...hi. The end product is a fantastic compost base that I can easily bury in my small garden beds to bring new life to the soil. My garden is now thriving with worms to break down the compost, and my flowers are thriving from the vinegar liquid that comes out of the scraps. I would highly recommend Maze Bokashi bins!
Fruit fly maggots in lid
I bought 2 sets of the twin pack 12 litre bins and have a system of rotation because we have a large volume of food waste. I was thinking of adding another 2 bins to the system but so far all 3 I have emptied after fermentation have had fruit fly maggots inside lid. I would only open current bucket once a day at night and use quite a bit of the spray each time and am emptying liquid every 2 days and then at end of week I did not open again for 2 weeks. I can actually see fruit flys crawling under the lid and they must be getting all the way in ...as after 2 weeks the fermentation should have killed them? I will try another brand to see if it is a Maze only problem and I will try the bran too to see. I am mainly worried I am creating a fruit fly epidemic!
Purchased in September 2019 for $80.00.
Green mould and fruit flies!
I bought this Maze Bokashi in an effort to be environmentally friendly and reduce waste.
I followed the instructions correctly and even made an effort to cut vegetable scraps into small pieces. Unfortunately, I kept getting GREEN MOULD!
I then did some extra research and decided to add shredded newspapers. Still, no change. Even WORSE! I opened my Bokashi bin to find a lot of fruit flies and maggots. It's disgusting.
I'm going to follow one of the other reviewers here and throw the entire thing out because I'm pregnant and I do not ...want to be breathing green mould / fruit flies or maggots! I believe the reason that the bin is not effective is because the top lid is not tightly sealed! It warped over time, even though I keep it inside in a shady area!
Leaks, from both ends
We bought the twin pack from Bunnings about 6 months ago. The first issue we noticed was the leaking from the tap. We used silicone to fix that. The second issue has been maggots. We thought it was us, but we have been careful with following the rules and the only thing I can think is that the units are not airtight. The maggots are not dying off after a few days as they should. Is it really this hard to Bokashi?
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings for $80.00.
Maggots and fruit flies
Bought my first Maze bokashi bin from Bunnings and after letting it sit for its 2 week ferment, opened it up to a small swarm of fruit flies and maggots scurrying away. While smell doesn't eminate from the bin, I'm assuming it isn't airtight as it should be as oxygen can clearly enter. Have started filling up another bin from a different brand with no problems so far..
My 12L is not airtight either
Bought 17th. Returned and exchanged next day as strainer was damaged. Set up 19/9/19 and seemed to work. Despite compressing and spraying as instructed (but daily), on 26th nasty odour noticeable, Yesterday tiny maggots appeared on insides especially top back. Removed with wet hand towel which went into green bin outside. Today more back in thick clusters - some fell onto bench-top
I rate this product 5 out of 5.
I am writing to review my recent purchase of the Bokashi Indoor Composting System.
I have enjoyed this product so much that I have purchased a 2nd bin to have on rotation and have also put 2 of my work colleagues onto the system as well and would recommend it to anyone, I rate this product 5 out of 5.
- Verified purchase
Great Composting System
The great thing about this compost bin is that its aesthetically nice to have on your bench top and doesn't take up too much room. It's a good sturdy design and easy to assemble with a valve to remove the excess moisture that can get built up and a paddle to compact the waste down to make room for more. I really like the fact that this bokashi system means i can add cooked foods and meat and dairy - meaning minimal food wastage! Super happy with my purchase!
Purchased in August 2019 at Bunnings for $30.00.
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Questions & Answers
I have filled my indoor 12L and am using my 2nd indoor composter. I was draining the liquid from my full bin just checked the top one is full of mould. Is it normal or not? Also once it was full I stopped spraying. Plz help
Hi Dinan, Mould is not a problem especially if it is white or grey. You can stop spraying but please make sure to keep draining the liquid.
I'm going to buy 18L Meze Bokashi I read all the commend I am a member of product reviews. I trust you. I know if I have any difficulty you going to helping me.
I have one questions am I buy liquid one or the compos one?
Hi Nuket, we will certainly help you when using the product or if you have any issues. the 18L is sold with the liquid inside the box already. If you prefer to buy it with the grains you can call our office (03) 9544 6999 and we can arrange that as well.
I am 3 weeks into using mine and the smell has become rancid. I am only putting vegetable and fruit scraps in it, not even any bread or anything. I empty the liquid twice a day and it 's so bad it makes me want to vomit. It was fine for 2 weeks but now it's terrible. I make sure to spray the contents each time and the lid is closed very quickly and tightly afterwards and I push down the scraps regularly. What is going wrong?
Hi, sorry to hear about your bad experience. We will try to make it better. Are you draining the liquid from the tap often? It may be that the Bokashi spray does not have enough microbes. You can try to spray a lot more (10 sprays at least each day). If that does not work we can send you a new spray bottle or maybe the Bokashi grains to try that out. Keep in mind that it may never smell great but should not smell like rotting food or anything too objectionable.
Yes I spray it a lot, not the 2 or 3 sprays it advises, more like 8 each time.
It was ok to start with but has got progressively worse and now it’s really appalling, like rank water from a vase of flowers after a week, but worse! I drain the liquid every day, often morning and night. I get 1-2.5 of the little scoops that came with it full every day.
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