Reading through Recology's new service guide (2012-2013), I noticed the composting instructions for organics say that compostable/biodegradable bags are not accepted. I was puzzled because ever since the composting program began last year, I have put my kitchen scraps in brown paper bags before depositing them in the green compost bin.
So I emailed Recology's Chris Porter for clarification, and she promptly replied that regular brown paper bags are okay (along with greasy cardboard takeout containers, stained pizza boxes, and waxed milk cartons), but NO specially made so-called "compostable/biodegradable" bags, which Chris says contain some plastic, rendering them UN-compostable.
Perhaps the manufacturers and sellers of these special bags need to get a wakeup call! Anybody out there in Pacifica Riptide territory want to take them on?
John Maybury, Editor and Publisher