Composting can be very messy. Composting households often keep food scrap containers on the kitchen counter or under the sink for short periods of time before they are emptied to larger collection bins or directly into compost piles. 

Compost can become nasty if food scraps are left standing for several days, making composting unattractive to individuals who do not relish the idea of unwanted odors and mold in their kitchens.

Enter the compostable bag. A compostable bag lines the inside of a food scrap container. These bags ​are designed to ​contain odors and encourage evaporation​, which is key to preventing mold. They also make emptying and cleaning your food scraps container a snap. The bags must be strong enough to resist puncture from pointy scraps such as chicken bones or flower stems. While they need to be compostable they can’t degrade too quickly otherwise they will break apart before they enter the compost stream leaving consumers with a mess. They must disintegrate to no more than 10% of its original weight after twelve weeks.

How do these special bags ​perform when exposed to moisture over a week? How do they ​compare again​st​ a standard non-compostable plastic grocery bag? Request our latest application study “Compostable Food Scrap Collection Bags” and find out! Contact your regional manager to request a copy.