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Using paper and compostable plastic bags rather than traditional black plastic bags greatly reduces the amount of plastic sent to local composting facilities. Because local composters have less plastic to screen out of their finished compost, processing costs are reduced and the quality of the finished compost is enhanced.
Most home improvement, grocery, and hardware stores carry them.
Compostable plastic bags should clearly state that they meet ASTM D6400 standards for composting and that they are “compostable.” Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the state law. The shelf life of compostable bags is approximately 1 to 3 years. Make sure to review the label for the product specific shelf life and purchase accordingly.
Hopkins yard waste pick-up service will not take the non-compostable plastic bags, for details view the Leaf and Yard-Waste Pick Up page. You may still transport your yard waste in plastic bags to the drop off site, but you must dump the material out of the bag and take the bag with you. Understand specifics of the drop off site by viewing the Hopkins Yard Waste Drop Off Site page.