When sending compositions to Media Encoder Queue from After effects (ctrl+alt+m), it creates a *_AME folder at the project file location with a tmpAEtoAMEProject-[compname].aep for each item, which Media Encoder uses for that particular render.
What I need is a better way of managing this aftermath. Either an option to automatically delete these items and folders upon render completion or a way to direct all _AME traffic to one particular location that can regularly be scrubbed. I did not see any option in preferences within AE or AME.
This thread https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1549168 seemed to indicate the output setting in AME would do this, however for me it only changes the default file location for the rendered video file (which has to be changed manually for each group of renders anyway), and the *_AME folder and items are still created at each project location.