|Odors||May be too wet or may have too much green (nitrogen) or clumps of green||Turn your pile. Too much moisture can create odor problems and slow the composting process. Turn the pile and add dry browns i.e., leaves, sawdust, straw or newspaper.|
|Flies||Exposed food||Fruit flies are attracted to food scraps that are exposed on top of a pile. Always put your food waste in the middle of the pile and bury it into a few inches of brown material i.e., leaves or shredded newspaper.|
|Pile will not heat up||
Pile is too small
Pile is too dry
Lack of greens (nitrogen)
Add more material
Add water and turn
Add grass clippings, manure or food scraps
|Pests i.e. raccoons, rats||Exposed food especially meat, poultry, fish or fatty scraps||
Turn pile to increase temperature or cover food with leaves, sawdust or soil. Always bury food a few inches down in the center of the pile.
Keep all lids fastened or weighted down.
Line the bottom of the bin with a small mesh wire if you suspect rodents are entering through the bottom.