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What about Compostables & Biodegradables

Biodegradable Plastics

Dealing with biodegradable and compostable plastics at home can be complicated. Biodegradable plastics should NOT be left in the open environment to degrade as this results in smaller pieces of plastic (microplastics).

ALL BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS should be put into your GENERAL WASTE. DO NOT put in your RECYCLING.

Biodegradable plastics will contaminate the recycling stream. Even if those Biodegradable plastics claim to be made from plant starch, they still need to go into your general waste bin.  

Biodegradable plastics may be compostable but NOT ALWAYS. Unless the pack states specifically it can be home composted please place in the General Waste and DO NOT RECYCLE.
 

Compostable Packaging

Only COMPOSTABLE packaging which is clearly marked as home compostable can be composted. It will contain the wording ‘OK Compost Home’ alongside this logo. 

DO NOT HOME COMPOST any items that do not contain this logo.

COMPOSTABLE packaging designed to compost via industrial plants will not compost in your home compost. In the UK most compostable packaging is designed to compost in food waste facilities where a bag can act as a food waste liner and then be composted with the food. It is important that only certified food liners are used as any standard plastic liners or biodegradable liners will contaminate the load.

Only place compostable liners in your food waste if your Local Authority advises it is okay to do so. Many Local Authorities advise that only compostable liners supplied by them are safe to use.

Biodegradable or Compostable Carrier Bags

DO NOT PUT ANY PLASTIC BAGS WHETHER BIODEGRADABLE OR COMPOSTABLE in your garden waste bin. The only exception to this rule is if your Council states that this is acceptable as the food and garden waste are collected together, and the material goes to In-Vessel composting.