How do I set up my kitchen to start composting?

To set up your kitchen for composting, you can purchase a countertop compost container or just use a bowl or plastic food storage container. There are many countertop compost containers available for sale online and are made from different materials (ceramic, plastic, stainless steel). We have also seen many DIY containers made from plastic food storage containers. If you choose to make your own, it is best to drill holes in the lid for aeration.

When looking for a container, consider what size you need, having a lid of some sort, a solid bottom, and ventilation holes to allow aeration and moisture to evaporate. Having a charcoal filter in the lid/on the backside of the ventilation holes can help with smells and fruit flies.

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1. Where can I purchase compostable bags to line my kitchen container?
2. What can I do with my yard waste?
3. How can I start composting at home?
4. What types of outdoor composting bins are available?
5. What can I put in my outdoor compost bin?
6. What do I need to do to make my outdoor compost better?
7. Is pet waste compostable?
8. What are my other options for composting in Charlottesville, if I can't compost at home?
9. What's the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
10. How do I know if my take-out food container is compostable?
11. Can I use compostable bags when I drop-off my compost?
12. How can I avoid odors from my kitchen container?
13. What else, besides food scraps, can I compost at home?
14. How do I set up my kitchen to start composting?
15. Why should I compost?
16. What kind of compostable bags are used at the City Market?
17. Can I compost meat, eggshells, oils & fats, or compostable plastics at home?
18. How can I avoid fruit flies in my kitchen container?
19. Can brown paper bags be composted?
20. Are pizza boxes compostable?
21. What happens to my food scraps after they get dropped off?
22. What are 'greens' and 'browns'?