FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does composting smell?

Compost piles only emit odor when the process is improperly managed. Bad odor usually indicates that the compost pile is not getting enough oxygen. Microorganisms that thrive in environments with no oxygen (anaerobic) tend to generate bad odors, while those that exist in oxygen rich environments (aerobic) do not. A properly run composting operation that turns its compost piles regularly will consistently maintain high levels of oxygen throughout the compost pile, thus eliminating any potential odor issues.

How do you keep compost piles aerobic and free from any odor issues?

Compost piles will stay aerobic by turning them regularly with a high-quality compost turner. Additionally, regular turning will also accelerate decomposition and transform the raw materials into compost sooner. Many less sophisticated composting operations simply let compost sit in an untouched pile.

A compost turner is a very important piece of equipment as it ensures that the composting process stays aerobic. The equipment drum design turns the materials outside in and inside out. This completely blends the composting materials and has the maximum aeration and CO2 release. We will be turning the compost piles daily for the first three to five days and then about twice a week until it is cured.

What does compost look like?

Compost closely resembles soil and is dark, crumbly and odor-free.

Is all compost the same?

No. Compost can come from many different sources; and any of these sources, if properly managed, can end up as a beneficial soil amendment. High quality, predictable compost can be achieved through a disciplined recipe (properly proportioning the materials composted). We are conducting on-site testing and monitoring as well as teaming with certified research laboratories to perform scientific tests as to the quality and consistency of our finished compost.