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From San Francisco and San Antonio to Cedar Rapids and Ann Arbor, curbside commercial composting is taking hold in a limited but growing number of communities. And with good reason! In 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and approximately 25% of it was food scraps and yard trimmings.*
Composting recovered more than 20 million tons of waste in 2010, but that’s less than a third of the material that could have been composted.* If we could increase composting by just 20%, we could help save an additional 4 million tons of compostable waste from going to landfills, which would be the equivalent of 170 billion banana peels or 7.8 billion heads of lettuce.
The Ziploc® Brand wants to help. That’s why we’ve brought trusted Ziploc® Brand quality to new bags made especially for curbside commercial composting. Our new bags offer the same trusted Ziploc® Brand quality you expect, with the compostability you want.
So, if you live in a community with curbside commercial composting, you have a Ziploc® Brand solution to help. Click here to shop now.
About Ziploc® Brand Compostable Bags
Ziploc® Brand Compostable Bags are specially designed for use in commercial composting facilities used by curbside composting programs that accept food scraps and compostable bags. Check locally as these programs do not exist in many areas. Composting the bags can help reduce landfill waste and create valuable soil supplement.
Two types of Ziploc® Brand Compostable Bags are available to help reduce waste:
- Ziploc® Brand Compostable Sandwich Bags and Compostable Food Storage Bags
These bags offer trusted Ziploc® Brand quality to keep your food fresh. They’re perfect on the go and can be used to store sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables. Afterward, they can be composted through most curbside commercial composting programs that accept food scraps and compostable bags. Check for availability in your community; these facilities do not exist in many areas. If you have curbside commercial composting, be sure to determine what types of food scraps are accepted – for example, some programs do not accept compostable bags that have traces of meat, oils or fat.
- Ziploc® Brand Compostable Food Scrap Bags
These bags help keep your kitchen clean and green. They’re perfect for lining a compost bin or pail (2.6 gallons or smaller) and can be used to hold leftover waste including fruits, vegetables, grains and bread. They’re designed to be composted through most municipal or commercial composting programs that accept food scraps and compostable bags. Check for availability in your community; these facilities do not exist in many areas. If you have curbside commercial composting, be sure to determine what types of food scraps are accepted – for example, some programs do not accept compostable bags that have traces of meat, oils or fat.
Our Sandwich/Storage and Food Scrap bags are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute as complying with the specifications established in the American Society for Testing and Materials standard ASTM D6400. They can be composted in commercial composting facilities where food scraps and compostable bags are accepted. (Be sure to check with your local program to see specifically what types of food scraps they allow.)
Ziploc® Brand Compostable Bags are not suitable for backyard composting because it is less efficient than commercial composting facilities, which are designed to ensure proper conditions for the ideal compost.
What is Composting?
Composting is the natural process that turns organic and biodegradable waste – such as food scraps or yard trimmings – into a dark, rich soil supplement that can be used to enrich indoor and outdoor plants. Among many benefits, using compost for planting can improve soil structure, reduce erosion and runoff, reduce water loss and help retain nutrients.**
What is Commercial Composting?
While some families choose to compost at home – and we applaud them! – some communities offer curbside commercial composting, allowing families to enjoy the benefits of composting without giving up yard space or spending weekends tending a compost pile. Communities that have commercial composting programs in place generally offer curbside or centralized pickup that sells finished compost back to community members at a reasonable cost.
How does Commercial Composting Differ from Composting at Home?
Due to their size and scope, commercial composting facilities can maintain and regulate their composters with very high efficiency. These facilities work to ensure the proper temperature, air flow, moisture content and content balance for ideal compost. These same conditions enable the composting of bio-plastics, which generally cannot be composted at home.
Try Composting, Reduce Landfill Waste
If your community offers curbside commercial composting and accepts food scraps and compostable bags, please join your friends in trying Ziploc® Brand Compostable Bags. And, we hope you’ll consider trying Ziploc® Brand Compostable Storage and Sandwich Bags for the same great protection and food storage you know and trust, now in a compostable format.
To find out if municipal composting exists in your community, visit www.findacomposter.com