Australia: City council chooses compostable mail bags made from veg

Recently, the autumn edition of Wagga Wagga City Council’s What’s On Guide was sent out in green mail bags; these were made from vegetables. Visitor Economy and Events Officer Kimberly Parker said using the green compostable mail bags was another step to reduce the council’s environmental footprint.

“Each year Council’s Visitor Information Centre sends out more than 1000 bags for our What’s On Guide, in addition to the various other publications we produce. Previously we’ve been using single-use plastic bags, which most probably would have been going straight into landfill. We felt it was important to make a change.”

Made from vegetable material, the Australian Certified Compostable bags will breakdown with organic waste into compost to nourish our soils. In turn the soil will support new vegetable crops, demonstrating a closed loop cycle.

The bags can be put into Council’s green bin (for food and garden organic waste) after all labels have been removed. The bags have even passed the eco-toxicity and worm test, which is unique to the Australian Standard, the most stringent of all worldwide compostability standards. The composted bags can be used for organic farming, food contact, worm farms and in animal feed.


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