Trouble Shooting Guide

Trouble Shooting Guide

​​Problem​Cause​Solution
​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