Biodegradable bags are better

District of Friesland


In the composting plant in Wiefels no Bags made from bio-based or biodegradable plastics can be used.
There are no uniform regulations for labeling and use of the so-called bioplastics. This is why bioplastics and conventional plastics are often confused. If the driver sees a biowaste bin with plastic bags, the bin will stop.
Some of the bioplastics are biodegradable (in accordance with the EN 13432 standard), but not within the (time) framework of normal composting. This means that after the bio-waste has been processed in the composting plant, the bags or remains of them still remain in the compost. This reduces the quality or requires further sorting steps.
Do not be confused by the advertising, even if it says compostable or biodegradable on the plastic bag, packaging or similar, it must not be put in the organic waste bin.

See also under the link to the Federal Environment Agency below.

In Newsprint wrapped in moister organic waste or in Paper bags are allowed in the organic waste bin.
The life cycle assessment of paper bags is no better than that of plastic bags, but their disposal is unproblematic. There are also paper bags made from recycled paper / wood.
Experience has shown that a well-closing container (e.g. enamel bucket) 3 - 5 liters with a layer of household paper is sufficient for liquids.

  • Sustainable, no fruit flies, occasionally wash off.

Biodegradable plastics should also not be put in the recycling bin, as they cannot be recycled; they are thermally recycled as residual waste.