Why should I compost?

Good question! There are several reasons to compost. First, finished compost can be used to enhance soil fertility by providing nutrients and retaining moisture. It can create healthier, more nutritious crops in your local area, without as much need for chemical fertilizers that can negatively affect the local ecosystem. Additionally, much too much food waste is being dumped in landfills - about 1/3 of all landfill waste is made up of compostable materials. When this food waste is trapped beneath the landfill, it decomposes anaerobically, and consequently releases greenhouse gases, such as methane, into our atmosphere.  Check out our Why Compost webpage for more information.

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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'?