Unfortunately, we cannot accept compostable, biodegradable or oxo degradable plastics in home recycling bins as, due to their make-up, they cannot be recycled with other plastics.
Home compost bin
If an item is labelled as being ‘suitable for home composting’, it can be placed in your home compost bin, although it is likely to take a long time to fully break down. Anything labelled as ‘suitable for industrial composting’ should not be placed in your home compost bin as they require specific conditions to break down, which are not present in a home compost bin.
Brown garden waste bin
Although the contents of the brown garden waste bins are taken to an industrial composting plant, the technology can’t distinguish between compostable plastic and regular plastic so all will be removed as contamination.
Food waste bin
If you receive a food waste collection where you live, please refer to your district council guidelines on what type(s) of plastic bag/caddy liners (if any) are acceptable.
So, if these new plastic materials aren’t an environmentally sound solution, what can we do? Here are some simple ideas to help to minimise the impact of waste and reduce your carbon footprint: