There has to be a collection method for organic waste. Transparent oxo-biodegradable sacks are currently in common use for this purpose and are much better than wheeled bins or conventional plastic sacks. Oxo-biodegradable sacks are much better than bins because:

  • They are quicker and easier to collect than bins, which require the collectors to walk the distance from vehicle to house four times.
  • Can be produced in a wide variety of sizes to suit particular requirements.
  • They do not need expensive vehicles with bin-lifting equipment.
  • They are easy for householders to store, and can be supplied in rolls.
  • They can be sealed when filled, so eliminating smells and flies which usually attend conventional waste bins
  • Transparent sacks enable collectors to see the contents.
  • They are not as visually-intrusive as bins.  Bins need to be washed.
  • Bins are bulky items, which are expensive to purchase, store, and transport.
  • The bins themselves, usually made from heavy non-degradable plastic, eventually have to be disposed of.

Waste Minimalisation

As oxo-biodegradable bags are thinner than hydro-biodegradable or paper bags of the same strength, they produce a much smaller tonnage of plastic waste. Also, as they will totally degrade, they cease to exist at the end of their programmed life. As noted above, a stack of 1000 new plastic carrier bags would be around 2 inches high, but a stack of 1000 new paper grocery bags could be around 2 feet high.

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