Members of the Maine Compost Team are available to assist composting operations with identifying issues with their composting procedures and recommend alternatives to improve the compost being produced.

It is not uncommon for composting facilities to encounter: moisture problems (too much/too little); inability of the compost to reach desired temperatures (130o to 145o F); challenges in developing an appropriate compost recipe using locally available feedstocks; and other concerns that relate to the actual composting process, including curing and aging of the finished compost.

Typically through a discussion or on-site visit, a review of the situation can lead to corrective action recommendations for the issue of concern.  Options may include: tearing apart the compost pile or windrow and remixing, perhaps including another feedstock; adding water; reducing the height of the compost pile or windrow; or some other recommendation action.