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Removing Odors From a Compost Bin

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A compost pile or bin that is composting properly will produce minimal odor. However, for those times when the process is not working perfectly, you will want to find ways to reduce the odor. This is a page about removing odors from a compost bin.


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August 3, 20130 found this helpful

Can unused kitty litter decrease unpleasant compost bin odors?

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August 5, 20130 found this helpful

Cat litter isn't compostable unless made specifically to do so.

But the important thing is that your compost bin shouldn't smell if it's working properly. Are you using the right mix of materials (brown, green, etc, but nothing meat or dairy) and are you turning it regularly?

Even if one of those 'no need to turn' bins (HA!), all compost bins should be turned regularly to encourage decomposition without odour, more frequently if weather is humid (hot or cold, doesn't matter). I turn mine once a week.

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August 5, 20130 found this helpful

If a compost bin is being kept properly, there should be no unpleasant odor, just an earthy smell - after all, you're making enriched dirt. What type of kitty litter are you asking about: clay, ground corn cob, ground walnut shells, shredded newspaper, etc.


I would not use clay, as it's not specially good for gardens; nor would I use any that contain scented crystals in it. If used in a veggie garden, definitely don't use one made of walnut shells near tomato plants.

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