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After we posted Recology manager Chris Porter's clarification on so-called compostable/biodegradable bags, we got the following email from reader Lori Fisher, a Pacifica resident:
Checking with Recology, I got a different answer from someone else regarding biodegradable bags. The BioBags would get caught on their sorting/moving tables. I had called asking if I could get a compost pail I had seen a neighbor using to work with my new BioBags I purchased at Costco. BTW: No compost pail is available.
Now some of what is on the box of BioBags -- Food Waste Collection Bags Certified Compostable:
"BioBags are approved by the San Francisco Department of the Environment for their food waste collection programs."
"BioBags are approved by King County Solid Waste Department for their food waste collection programs."
"This certification assures that BioBag products meet the specifications found in ASTM D6400 and will compost rapidly & safely when placed in a municipal or commercial composting facility."
"BioBag products are made from starches derived from plants, vegetable oils, and the world's first patented compostable polymer. No polyethylene is used in the production process. We are fully certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and meet the requirements of California law regarding environmental claims of plastic bag manufacturers." (This is a USA product)
Website for more info: www.biobagusa.com
Facts & FAQs: http://www.biobagusa.com/biodegradable-bags.html
About Mater-Bi: http://www.biobagusa.com/mater_bi.htm
A brown bag cannot hold your greenwaste from the kitchen to your outside container without falling apart, especially when you have "wet" greens. Think of the Glad garbage bag commercial. I don't want that kind of mess to clean up. (Editor's Note: I double the bags, ordinary brown-paper sandwich sacks from Costco.)
Tell me why we cannot use these BioBags? San Francisco outlawed plastic bags but allows these special bags in its compostable waste collection.