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The Importance of Composting

by Bonnie Grant December 16, 2016

The Importance of Composting

You probably recognize the scenario – kitchen composting is all the rage across much of North America and Europe. The usual method is a can or some sort of container kept in the kitchen. These can become smelly, slimy, and just plain gross as the can waits to get filled and dumped into the recycling container for pick up or into a compost heap. Compostable bags provide a tidy solution to the stinky, soggy mess. These unique bags are 100 percent compostable, affordable, and help keep kitchen and garden waste from entering our landfills. When you use compostable composting bags, the process of recycling organic waste is streamlined, as many can degrade in 10 to 45 days.

Gardeners know the importance of composting their yard waste and food scraps. Not only does compost enrich the soil, but it also loosens compact clay soils and enhances drainage while reducing many disease issues. These benefits mean better plant health, higher yields, and a more balanced moisture content. As a top dressing, compost slowly releases nutrients to soil and can help suppress some weeds. As you can see, composting is a winning choice for gardening, but it is also an environmental responsibility. More than 30 percent of the items in landfills are organic. Separating and composting these means a smaller dumpsite with a by-product that is healthy and useful to the environment, instead of wasteful. The Composting Council lists the following physical, chemical, and biological benefits to composting:

  • Modifies and stabilizes soil pH
  • Increases the soil’s ability to hold essential nutrients
  • Increases beneficial soil microorganisms
  • Binds contaminants and degrades compounds
  • Helps with wetland restoration and erosion control
  • Suppresses weeds and many pathogens

One of the companies that makes composting easier and less messy is BioBag. They got into the composting business before it was fashionable in 1992 and have been providing tools to assist with food waste collection and composting consultations ever since. BioBags have the seal of approval from the Biodegradable Products Institute and are also certified compostable by the European Ok Compost group. Their reputation as a leader in composting and food storage products is legendary, both in the U.S. and abroad.

I like that the bags are made of starches and oils from plants and naturally sourced compostable polymers. This means they break down organically. The bags are shelf stable for 12 months and come in a variety of sizes. For instance, the smaller 3-gallon bags are perfect for kitchen scrap bins or when used in conjunction with the Umimax food scrap collection bucket, available through BioBags. For larger jobs, a tall 13-gallon bag is available. There are even bulk options to maximize your dollar.

Compostable bags are a convenient way to confidently store compostable items. Many municipalities with organic recycling require compostable bags in pick-up bins. BioBags fulfill all the requirements in these areas while at the same time preventing food juices from dirtying up containers. They also help prevent odors, especially when used with the vented Umimax buckets. Convenient composting that takes the mess out of the process helps enhance consumer response. No one wants a stinky bin with sloppy contents that are difficult to manage and requires constant cleaning. BioBags provide the answer to cleaner organic recycling with confidence, allowing anyone to take advantage of all the benefits composting provides.

The above article was sponsored by BioBag. The information contained in this article may contain ads or advertorial opinions.
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