How often do I need to run a cycle?
A cycle should be run once a week or until food waste is filled to the top of the mixing blades. The Zera® Food Recycler Additive must be used each time you run a cycle.
Once a cycle is started, can it be paused to add additional food waste?
Yes, once the cycle is started, you can pause it during the first 30 minutes to add additional food. Once it is past 30 minutes, it cannot be paused, but the cycle can be canceled. If canceled, the cycle will restart when the Start button is pressed.
Why can't food scraps be added after the 30-minute window has passed?
The Zera® Food Recycler needs enough time to fully process any food added to the cycle.
How should the output be used?
The homemade fertilizer should only be used outdoors. It is recommended to apply the homemade fertilizer on the soil surface, not to exceed ¼-inch thick. Keep the product away from roots and plant stems. The homemade fertilizer can also be broadcast on grass using a lawn spreader.
How should the homemade fertilizer be stored?
The homemade fertilizer should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry area (i.e., garage, basement, closet) for up to six months.
Will the homemade fertilizer attract bugs during storage?
The homemade fertilizer should not attract insects, especially if stored in an air-tight container as recommended.
How long does the Zera® Air Filter last? How frequently should it be changed?
For best performance, we recommend that the Zera® Air Filter be changed approximately every two months6.
Why should I replace my air filter?
The Zera® HEPA Air Filter is designed to continuously filter the air to help reduce odors6.
When should I replace my air filter?
Replace your air filter when the "replace filter" light illuminates.
How do I remove the old air filter?
Press down on retention tab to remove output bin. Reach into output bin and insert fingertips into handle at the bottom of filter holder. Pull up handle and pull filter holder out of output bin. Remove filter and discard.
How do I install the new air filter?
First, make sure it’s facing the correct way. Use a marker to mark the side of the screen that faces out. Put the bottom of the dust-screen in first and push into place. Wash your hands afterward.
How often do I need to use the Zera® Additive?
One Zera® Additive Pack is used every time a cycle is run.2 It is estimated that on average, a U.S. family will run a cycle once a week4.
I lost my Quick Start Guide. How can I get another?
Good news! The Zera®
Food Recycler Quick Start Guide is available here
How do I clean my Zera® Food Recycler?
Please refer to your Zera® Food Recycler Use & Care Guide for cleaning instructions.
How should the fertilizer be used?
Great question! The homemade fertilizer should only be used outdoors. We recommend applying the homemade fertilizer on the soil surface, not exceeding ¼-inch thick. Keep the product away from roots and plant stems.
The homemade fertilizer can also be dispersed on grass using a lawn spreader. You can repeat the treatment every two weeks.
Please wash your hands after touching homemade fertilizer.
Why can't the fertilizer be used on indoor plants?
This biological transformation is not compatible with indoor environments in terms of insects and odor. The fertilizer produced by the Zera® Food Recycler will quickly go into a biological transformation when it is placed outside and gets wet. This transformation will fully unlock the nutrients in the fertilizer and be in a more mature state within 2-3 weeks.