Have you tried composting any of the “compostable” produce bags that have shown up in some grocery stores? How did it go?
This is a follow-up to an earlier Scam Watch about “compostable” bags from local Natural Grocers and Trader Joes stores.
To recap: the bags say, in big letters “COMPOSTABLE” and in small letters “not suitable for backyard composting,” or suitable only for composting “in industrial facilities.”
I tossed the Trader Joe’s bag into the backyard bin to see what would happen.
And … …
The bag completely disappeared. Maybe bits are in there, but I couldn’t find them. It looks like Trader Joe’s bags really do break down.
Of course, it doesn’t matter very much. A lot of Trader Joe’s produce is pre-packaged in non-compostable plastic.
And it raises questions:
Break down into what? Something I’m going to be happy adding to my garden?
Since I wrote the first Scam Watch, the city has started a kitchen waste collection program. Can we put these bags into the yard waste bins the local garbage collectors pick up?
To be addressed in later posts!
For now, a bit of good news. Maybe.