why not mix some straw into your compost bin this will dry it up and add air into the mix for a while
Tracey I had the same problem with the bin I had, someone told me there was no air getting to it because there where no holes , so I drilled a few around the top and it worked ... try it ..
Compost needs approx. 50% greens and 50% browns (nitrogen and carbon) to add more 'browns' take sheets of newspaper and ball them up and push into compost (that takes air in too). The cardboard centres from kitchen roll etc can be pushed in to help with bringing air into the centre. I shred paper from my business and add that. Very important to turn it a bit: when it goes slimey, turn it once a week.
Amazon have a selection of compost turners for plastic bins. I would not add any carpet with a latex backing. You also don't need to add worms. If you can get a shovel full of horse manure that would be a great help.
Good luck, and tell us how it is going in a couple of weeks, as you can tell, I'm passionate about compost
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)
Thanks Dave, I have some cardboard boxes I need to throw out that came from work so will get some of that in. I also need to check for worms as I don't think there are many in so will need to get digging for worms......lovely
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that worms from your garden wont do any good in the compost Tracey. Compost worms are different - much thinner, smaller beasties. The earth worms that are in your garden spend their time burrowing down into the soil, the little red compost worms like to live on the top of the compost.
It's strange how red worms suddenly appear in the compost, I don't know much about them but I DO know that having them is a sign of a healthy heap.