Compostable and Biodegradable Plastics

Bioplastics, biodegradable plastics, and compostable plastics have been introduced as a solution to negate the longevity and pollution of traditional plastics in the environment. These hybrid plastics are made of various materials from natural sources such as corn, or a combination of natural materials and traditional oil-based sources.

Recycling Problems

However, the unconventional nature of this packaging has caused confusion for consumers over the correct disposal method required for these materials. Most commonly, these plant-based or hybrid plastics are confused with oil-based plastic materials. These materials inhibit the recycling process, and act as contamination in your curbside recycling tote, spoiling the quality of recycled goods

Composting Problems

Additionally, hybrid plastics are often mistakenly placed in the natural environment, backyard composting bins, or industrial composting facilities. These materials require carefully controlled, long-lasting, high-temperature conditions which are not possible in backyard composting bins, or most industrial composting facilities. 

We ask that residents place compostable, biodegradable, or bioplastic materials (such as biodegradable or bio-based takeout containers and chip bags) in the garbage to ensure that these materials are not contaminating recycling or composting facilities.**

** Certified compostable bags with these logos can be placed in curbside composting programs.