Biobag Breaks Down Faster Than Expected

June 4, 2008

Just before going away for a bit of a vacation in the middle of May, I decided to test out a couple of the Biobags I had recently received in the mail. I filled one of the doggy poop bags with some bean salad (past its prime) and tossed it into the middle of a large worm bin containing 5 lbs of hungry Red Wigglers. I then went away for two weeks.
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When I got back I looked around in the bin and could find NO trace of the bag or its contents. Finally, a number of days later I did manage to find one remnant (shown in the picture above). I guess those worms were really hungry!

I’ve been testing Biobag Food Waste Bags in my outdoor composters as well. I haven’t seen results quite so dramatic, but they certainly seem to be breaking down quite nicely.

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2 Responses to “Biobag Breaks Down Faster Than Expected”

  1. Sarah on March 21st, 2010 5:49 pm

    I use bio bags when picking up after my black lab and I recently read on the Toronto Waste Management website, that they do not want bio bags in their green bins, nor their recycling bins.

    Here’s the information:
    http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/biodegradable_plastic.htm

    So I was considering putting the bags in my vermicompost bin, however, I am concerned it will smell. Dogs have very potent feces and it smells through the bag while we are walking.

    What do you think?

  2. Bentley on March 22nd, 2010 6:38 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the link (and info). I think the best bet (for those using green bins) is simply to dump the contents of the bags into the bin, then to composting the bags in a backyard composter separately.

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend adding the dog doo bags (containing dog doo) in any sort of indoor worm bin. I myself compost our cat litter waste (we use compostable litter) – but do so in large outdoor systems, and systems that are totally separate from my normal composting/vermicomposting efforts.

    If you DO have a yard, creating a special composting pit for dog waste isn’t a bad idea – you can even sink a plastic garbage can into the ground if you want everything contained (important if you are close to a body of water, or the water table in general).

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