No matter where your operation is located, you must be prepared to manage the moisture levels in your compost. This includes taking care of rain and leachate. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure your compost piles stay in good shape.
Keeping rainfall outThere are many options for keeping rain out of your compost piles. No matter which option you choose, it is important to do this to prevent too much moisture from affecting your product.
- If you prefer to keep your piles uncovered, be sure that they are short and wide. After it rains, turn the piles to ensure that the water does not sit stagnant in the compost.
- To prevent most rain from getting into your compost, keep it covered with a roof. This is an easy way to maintain the temperature and moisture levels in your piles, but you will still need to watch out for horizontal rain.
- If you keep your operation site extremely clean, rain may be able to flow away from the compost piles.
- For long windrows, you should use tarps to keep the rain out. You can choose from reinforced landfill covers that have UV protection, non-woven geotextiles, billboard vinyl that has been recycled, and silage bag systems. Other materials will keep rain out and release gases.