contents back to nature
If our community waste
management systems offered commercial composting
services for dog waste, using compostable
pick-up bags formulated to meet ASTM D6400
standards would make sense. But chances
are very good that your commercial recycling
programs do not accept pet waste. As a responsible
person, you simply add your household pet
waste to public trash cans or your residential
trash and the waste is streamed into landfills.
So what is the point of compostable bags?
Unless the pet waste and bag are returned
to nature in some systematic way, compostable
bags have no function. In a sealed landfill,
organics do not degrade as they would if
exposed to air, light, heat, moisture and
hungry microorganisms. They simply emit
methane as they mummify.
Bags identified as "biodegradable"
or "oxobiodegradable" without
a "compostable" designation are
made of plastic film with an added degradant
that helps them break apart if exposed to
the elements. As with compostable bags,
the organic components of these bags do
not decompose when hermetically sealed in
up with no place to go
Since dog waste in compostable
or otherwise advertised biodegradable bags
is tossed in the trash, why not just recycle
that old newspaper or shopping bag for pick
up? Really. Unless compostable bags are
used as part of a high-heat composting process,
they actually have drawbacks. Here are three
1) Do it yourself composting: Promotions
lead buyers to believe that compostable
or other biodegradable bags can be used
with various doggie septic systems or for
backyard composting. But the bags take a
long time to degrade and may disrupt the
system. They simply do not expose contents
to the elements in a timely way.
2) Price: Certified compostable bags
cost twice as much as bags made primarily
of plastic. Manufacturers of compostable
bags do not foresee lower prices until demand
rises exponentially due to bans on plastic
bags and an increase in commercial composting.
3) Magical thinking: Bags labeled
"compostable" or otherwise "degradable"
may even impede efforts to keep parks and
waterways free of dog waste pollution. Some
pet owners leave "bio" bags on
the ground or cover them with dirt in hopes
that they will quickly degrade. One dog
owner said (true story), "These bags
are great! I leave them in the field and
when I come back they're gone." Nature
does not embrace the bags. Someone picks
them up or they simply blow away.
Considering that the dog
waste you responsibly trash is headed for
a landfill, smart environmental choices
would be re-using plastic bags or choosing
recycled plastic pick-up bags made in the
U.S. Both of these options eliminate the
need to produce new plastic film and transport
products long distances.
For much more highly credible information
on the current state of dog waste bag technology,
visit the the Bio-Buddy
website. Envirowagg distributes Bio-Buddy
bags to its green partners and others who
want to order U.S. recycled plastic dog
bags and compostable dog bags in bulk quantities
at low rates. These bags can be custom printed
for parks, company branding and fundraisers.
Proceeds from Bio-Buddy bags purchased through
EnviroWagg benefit pet waste composting
in the Denver Metro area.
Recycled bag prices (200-roll bags fit conventional
roll bag park dispensers):
per 200-bag roll
Optional custom printing:
First-time orders require a one-time $190
full-bag design and print cylinder set-up
fee. The design can be used again for future
orders at no charge.
Production: Three week delivery for
unprinted bags; 4-5 weeks for custom printed
Shipping: Bag prices above do not include
shipping F.O.B. Burlington, Washington.
(Approx. $12 per case of bags to U.S. location;
shipping cost decreases with quantity).
Payment: If ordering new custom bags,
payment of the one-time $190 set-up fee
is required to start the process. Bags and
shipping will be invoiced 30 days net.
Questions? Interested in bulk orders of
compostable bags? Contact EnviroWagg directly
at (303) 617-7049 or email@example.com.