Trouble Shooting Guide

Trouble Shooting Guide

ProblemCauseSolution
Compost not breaking down
  • Too many brown materials
  • Pile too dry
  • Pile too wet
  • Pile too small
  • Add more green materials
  • Add water
  • Turn the pile to aerate
  • Build pile to 1 cubic yard
Rotten or ammonia odor
  • Too many green materials
  • Too much moisture
  • Food remains on top of the pile
  • Mix in brown materials
  • Turn the pile to aerate
  • Mix in wood ash to absorb odor
  • Cover pile from rain and snow
Flies and pests
  • Exposed food scraps
  • Bury food waste
  • Turn pile to increase temperature
  • Do not add meat or fatty foods
  • Cover pile