Compost Troubleshooting


Problem: Pile has a rotten or an ammonia type odor.

Reason: Not enough air in center of pile, or too much moisture. An ammonia smell indicates that there is too much green material in the pile.

Solution: Turn the pile and add more dry (brown) material. Take care to add grass in thin layers.


Problem: Critters and/or fruit flies.

Reason: Fruit and vegetable trimmings are too close to the surface.

Solution: Make sure to bury these materials deep into the pile, and cover with other yard wastes.


Problem: Pile not decomposing.

Reason: Could be that the pile is too dry or doesn't have enough green materials.

Solution: Add water, if needed. Also may need to add more green materials, like grass or manures.


Problem: Pile is damp and earthy smelling, but won't heat up.

(NOTE: This is not necessarily a problem! If the pile doesn't heat up, it is probably still decomposing — just not as quickly as possible.)

Reason: Pile could be too small-it needs to be at least one cubic yard in size. Or pile could need additional green material.

Managing My Materials


Upcoming Events

2018 Household and Small Business
Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule


Hood River
February 23, 9am-2pm
May 18, 9am-2pm

The Dalles
February 24 18, 9am-2pm
May 19, 9am-2pm

April 14, 10am-2pm – Maupin
April 21, 10am-2pm - Parkdale
May 4, 10am-2pm - Moro
May 5, 10am-2pm -  Dufur
Ag Events
May 4, 10am-2pm - Moro
October 31, 10am-2pm – Hood River
November 1, 10am-2pm – The Dalles

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