Can compostable bin bags be composted in Subpod? Any brands you can suggest that would be fine to throw straight into the Subpod and mix up?
We have been experimenting with different bin bag liners and at the moment we are finding they are taking a while to break down, probably due to the Subpod composting system being more of a cold composting/worm system rather than a hot composting system. While looking up the specifications of home composting and how long it takes, 12 weeks to break down is acceptable for home composting bioplastic. We're just used to things breaking down super quick in Subpod!
Compost-a-pak breaks down over about 3 months in Subpod. Time-frames will probably vary, and depend on the strength of your Subpod - i.e., lots of worms and microbes to break everything down quickly and efficiently :) I would also suggest tearing open the bag if it’s not already open, to allow oxygen, microbes and worms to get to work.
For any brand of compostable bag, look for the icon that shows “Home Compostable” which will not require an industrial process (usually high heat) to compost. Check www.papackagingsolutions.com.au for more information about the certified home compostable process and images of the icon and examples of bags that are certified home compostable.
Make sure the compost bag says - home compostable. And also, NOT hot or industrial compostable. An important thing to note is that if it’s not certified, it probably hasn’t been tested and may not break down in your Subpod.
This is the certifying body in Australia: https://www.bioplastics.org.au/composting/home-composting/
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