Compost Hotline Hot Tips on Composting
- Start with a layer of straw or twiggy material on the bottom for good air circulation.
- Alternate 2 to 4 inch layers of green (grass, food scraps, garden waste) and brown (straw, dry leaves, stripped up newspaper) materials. Store up leaves in bags in the fall for a good brown supply.
- Sprinkle every food scrap layer (uncooked fruit and vegetables, no meat, fish, dairy, oils, grains) with a light covering of ordinary dirt. Keep a bucket handy by your bin.
- Always cap off food scrap layer with brown layer after dirt has been added. This will smother fly eggs and smells.
- Mix contents of bin at least once every two weeks with a pitch fork or compost aerator.
Six Most Asked Hotline Questions
- Q: I've got millions of flies, what do I do?
A: Cover your food scraps with a light layer of dirt, then a layer (2 - 4 inches) of brown material (leaves, straw or stripped up newspaper) or a 2 to 3 inch layer of dirt only.
- Q: Nothing is happening in my bin, what do I do?
A: Chances are the balance is off in the bin and you may need carbon material (brown). Add more brown and mix thoroughly.
- Q: My bin smells, now what?
A: Add some dirt, mix in some brown material, aerate (mix up), and then cap it all off with a brown layer.
- Q: Where do I get worms and how do I start a worm bin?
A: The hotline maintains a complete list of worm farmers and can tell you how to set up a bin. Call the hotline for a worm supplier in your area.
- Q: Where can I get a compost bin?
A: Call the hotline to see if your municipality is offering a bin distribution program.
- Q: Where can I get rid of my heavier yard waste - shrub and tree trimmings, etc.?
A: Call the hotline for green waste sites in your area.If you have a question for the Compost Hotline, call 604-736-2250.Go back to Urban Home Composting