Lots of Droppers have asked us about plastics bags and food scraps storage. So, here are the absolute bare essentials on bags for any droppers and committed composters.
The #1 preference is NO liner bag at all. If you can re-purpose a reusable container to store your food scraps, you require NO BAGs at all and can empty it each time directly into the Drop Spot totes. This helps us all REDUCE and REUSE and is the most back to basics way to store our food scraps. That said…
PAPER bags or NEWSPRINT are a totally acceptable option to use as a container liner. Both are naturally compostable, can be used to bag or wrap your food scraps and go directly into our food scraps collection totes. The beauty of this option is it allows you to re-use any old brown/kraft paper bags or newsprint you have at home and saves you money, while adding a little bit of lighter fill & fibre to balance out the nitrogen rich, wet food waste for composting.
If neither of these choices grabs your food scraps fancy, then you could use FULLY CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE bags. (Bags labelled as degradable or biodegradable are not the same thing!) If you are choosing to use compostable liner bags, please make sure they are using bags OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED FOR COMPOSTING and have a BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certification written on the surface.
If the food scraps are dropped off in any other type of plastic bags, then the Drop Spot team will empty those bags and dispose them in the landfill pile. Unlike clean plastic bags, plastic bags that have food scrap bits stuck on them CANNOT be recycled.
So, in the end - To bag or not to bag? Well, the Drop Spot preference is for the latter, or paper as a close second!