Bio-plastics: this is why they have no place in the organic waste garbage can

bio-plastics: this is why they have no place in the organic waste garbage can

According to statista, about 38.5 kilograms of plastic gauze are produced per capita each year in germany alone. As more and more people want to live more environmentally conscious lives, more and more measures are taken to make this possible. One result: the "compostable biomull mare.

This is made from natural raw materials (strong arable crops). What sounds really good at first, but does not necessarily have to be environmentally friendly. According to the federal environment agency (UBA), "bioplastics may have a better climate balance, but there are other disadvantages in terms of environmental impact. The cultivation and processing of plants for organic packaging acidifies the soil – for example through the use of fertilizers.

The problem of compostability

Bioplastics decompose very slowly and not completely, which poses a major problem in terms of compostability. According to the UBA, the process is only successful under special conditions. According to the european standard, the "compostable plastic bags" must be recyclable have decomposed after twelve weeks. All these conditions are only possible in professional composting plants and therefore cannot be implemented everywhere. These tutes should therefore also be avoided on your own compost.

Gauze bags do not belong in the bio bin

Many use the bioplastic bags as gauze containers for their cake waste. After use, everything goes on the compost or in the organic waste bin. It is logical: the organic waste from the kitchen ends up in the biodegradable bio-bag and then in the garbage can. But this is not right. The waste belongs in the organic waste garbage can – but according to the federal environment agency, the biomull tins should be disposed of in the residual mull.

The city of bayreuth also appeals to all households to use the organic waste garbage can correctly. That means only organic waste belongs in the organic waste bin. Incorrectly filled garbage cans could otherwise be left standing. In particularly serious and repeated cases of incorrect waste disposal, the building yard could even confiscate the organic waste garbage can and replace it with an increased volume of residual waste for which a charge would be made.

What to use instead?

Gauze bags made of recycled polyethylene (durable plastic) are currently the most environmentally friendly bags. Because they do not contain plasticizers and are easier to recycle. That's why the tins bear the "blue angel" environmental label. But nevertheless, this alternative should also be avoided as far as possible. For hygienic reasons, organic waste from a household should always be disposed of in absorbent paper. Old newspaper or the commercially available biomull paper bags are suitable for this purpose.

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