In times like these where people are thinking more about their overall environmental footprint and how it can be reduced, the idea of composting has taken center stage. While the idea of home composting is intriguing and recommended for those that have the knowledge and resources to do so properly, the rules and regulations for home composting are not cut and dry.
To start it should be noted that our compostable bags are made from ASTM and BPI certified bio materials and are compostable based on their recommendations. The bags contain zero polyethene or poly(methylen) materials, which means they are plastic free so they do not leave behind micro-plastics when thrown away like with the EPI bags.
So the question is: Are your compostable bags OK for home composting?
The answer depends on your home composting methods and what you are using the compost to grow.
If you are using the compost to grow edible fruits and vegetables then it is not recommended as composting dog poop can be dangerous for human consumption. Dog poop can contain parasites which may not be killed in household compost pile as a constant temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73 C.) has to be maintained for at least 5 days for this to occur. This is difficult to achieve in home composting situations and should only be done by those with proper equipment and facilities.
To summarize, our compostable bags are OK for home and industrial composting, however, your home composting method is a major factor on whether you should compost our bags when filled with dog feces.
As a company we are committed to providing superior eco-conscious products and believe in sustainability and the home composting movement but advise to carefully consider your options before composting our bags that are filled with dog poop at home. There are industrial facilities that are built to responsibly handle pet waste and its decomposition.
Dog waste compost should be kept separate from other compost and is best used on ornamental — not edible — gardens, and kept well away from streams, groundwater or vegetable and fruit crops.
You can learn more about ways to compost pet waste by reading our sources below and searching the web for other viable articles.