We have been working with retailers and your local municipality to help promote the green bin program in your community. Your participation in the green bin program is vital to the successful diversion of waste from landfill.
This information is intended to help you to understand the performance characteristics of our BIOSAK® Compostable Bags for Kitchen Waste.
It is important to recognize that these bags are not intended to duplicate the performance of a regular plastic bag. They are Certified Compostable Plastic products designed to line the green bins and containers to help keep those containers clean. The final goal is for the bags to become compost.
Your municipality requires that you use only Certified Compostable bags that carry this approved symbol of compostable certification.
You will find the symbol printed on our bags and the packaging they are sold in.
Beware of imitation
Other so called biodegradable or compostable bags do not break down into compost. Those non-certified bags contaminate the compost with plastic film, reducing the value and useful applications for the compost.
If the packaging and bags are not printed with the certification, then the bags are not compostable and are not approved for use in your municipality.
Our BIOSAK® Compostable Bags are made with a new generation of BIO-PLASTIC derived from corn, a renewable resource. Our BIOSAK® Compostable Bags are made with a new generation of Mater-Bi® BIO-PLASTIC. Mater-Bi® is the first family of bioplastics that use vegetable components, such as cornstarch, that have been modified (or complexed) with biodegradable polyesters.
The natural composition of these bags makes them a food source for the microorganisms (bugs) found in food waste. The microorganisms digest the bags, and that is what causes them to break down and become compost.
This bio-plastic is a breathable material that allows airborne moisture to pass through the bag, yet at the same time the bag is watertight and waterproof. The airborne moisture will condense on the inside walls of the kitchen container and so you will find moisture in the container when the bag is removed. It is not a sign of the bag leaking or breaking down too quickly. Think of it as similar to condensation on the milk bag inside your milk container.
The kitchen bag will remain in tact for at least one week, keeping the food waste away from the sides of the container.
We recommend changing the bag at least every three or four days to reduce the odors and insects in the kitchen.
BIOSAK® Compostable Bags
- Require contact with rotting food (organics) before they will start to break down.
- Do not break down in a week or less at home when filled with organics.
- Do not break down in the packaging.
- Allow airborne moisture to escape, reducing the overall weight of the waste.
- Airborne moisture condenses on the container walls, similar to condensation on a milk bag.
- BIOSAK are not intended to carry the load of waste, but simply to line the containers to keep the containers clean. Carry used bags in the food waste container.
We are always interested in your observations and comments about these products and this new generation of bio-plastic.
Please write to us and be sure tell us in which community you reside.
Wishing you the best of success in your participation to support the Green Bin Source Separated Organics in your community.