Sawdust Eliminates Compost Odor

Sawdust is a great way to get rid of the odor from a compost pile.


| June/July 2006


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.

Rosewood513
3/25/2010 10:44:32 AM

Thanks I never thought of using sawdust. I have a abundant amount of sawdust since I work with wood. My father used to use some of it to make wood putty or filler. I have too much for that I will use it in my compost. Great tip I have thought about living thie way but I am not that adventurous. Good luck.






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