What can I put in my outdoor compost bin?

Food scraps, referred to as “greens”, include fruits, vegetables, nuts, grain, and coffee grounds and filters; and yard waste - referred to as “browns", which are generally dry and include grass clippings, leaves, twigs, flowers, and wood chips. The ratio of browns to greens should be around 3 to 1 for efficient backyard composting. Be careful however, certain items that are compostable in facilities - such as meats and animal fats - should not go in your outdoor bin! For more information and tips on the best at-home outdoor composting practices, check out our webpage on backyard composting.

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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'?