Country Lore: Sawdust Eliminates Compost Odor

June/July 2006
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/country-lore-sawdust-eliminates-compost-odor.aspx




I recently moved into a tipi and absolutely love it. I do not have electricity or running water. But I am able to store water in a big jug by using a hand pump on a well at the farm where the tipi is set up.

I wanted to keep a compost bucket in the tipi for vegetable scraps, but was concerned about the composting material causing a bad odor. A friend gave me some sawdust to use: After each addition in the compost bucket, I add a layer of sawdust. The sawdust absorbs moisture, eliminates the odor and the whole bucket of material can be added to my outdoor compost pile.

—Brett Ward Butler
Winston Salem, North Carolina