How do GreenSax bags work?
GreenSax bags are 100% compostable. They are made from totally natural materials derived from crops and do not contain any petrochemical plastics. They line your bin, keeping it clean and odour-free until the next bin collection and will not breakdown before the bin is emptied. When your organic waste bin is emptied and brought by the waste collector to the composting facility, the food/garden waste, along with the GreenSax, are broken down by microbes within 10-45 days and turned into compost.
Will the GreenSax bags keep my food waste bin clean and odour-free?
Yes. The GreenSax bag will hold everything, including liquids. The GreenSax 5L, 10L & 13L and 60L all have tie handles to contain bad odours until your organic waste bin is collected or until they break down in your home composter.
The GreenSax will not break down before the bin is emptied by your local authority, council or waste collector.
Be careful when putting pointed objects such as twigs into the bags so that they do not pierce them.
Can I use GreenSax in my organic waste bin?
Yes. GreenSax are 100% certified compostable bin bags and are specially designed for your organic waste bin to keep them clean and odour-free. When your organic waste bin is collected, the waste is taken to a composting facility where the food and garden waste, along with the GreenSax, break down into compost in 10-45 days. This compost is used in agriculture and gardening.
All GreenSax bags are certified 100% compostable to EU and US Standards EN13432 and ASTM6400. They the Seedling logo and OK Compost certification.
Will a GreenSax bag break down in my organic waste bin before it is collected?
No. Don’t worry about GreenSax breaking down in your bin before your next collection because the ambient temperature in your bin is not high enough to cause the fast breakdown of GreenSax, as happens at the composting facility.
Can I use Biodegradable, Photodegradable or Oxodegradable bags in my organic waste bin?
No. Most “Biodegradable”, “Photodegradable” or “Oxodegradable” bin bags contain petrochemical plastics, such as Polyethylene (PE), which do not break down at the composting facility and contaminate the process. Generally, biodegradable, photodegradable and oxodegradable bags contain +90% petrochemical plastic (PE) with an additive that causes them to fall apart into smaller pieces of plastic over a long period of time when exposed to sunlight and the atmosphere. However, these smaller pieces of plastic, although usually not easily visible to the eye, remain in the environment for many years.
Biodegradable, Photodegradable and Oxodegradable bags are NOT certified compostable to US or EU Standards EN13432 and ASTM6400, unlike GreenSax, and DO NOT carry the Seedling logo and OK Home Compost certification, so therefore they are NOT ALLOWED to be used in your organic waste collection.
Can I use plastic bin liners in my food waste bin?
No. Plastic liners are made from petrochemical plastics, which do not break down at the composting facility or in your home composter.
How long can I store GreenSax bags for before using them?
GreenSax bags will store indefinitely until used, if they are kept in a dry place.
Can GreenSax bags be put into my home composter?
Yes – They will breakdown by the same process as at the composting facility. The only difference is that they break down more slowly due to the lower temperatures in your home-composter, which slows microbial activity.
Are GreenSax bags certified as compostable and comply with EU and US Standards EN13432 & ASTM6400?
Yes. All GreenSax bags are certified 100% compostable to EU and US Standards EN13432 & ASTM6400and carry the Seedling logo and OK Compost certification.
Are GreenSax certified as compostable with Seedling logo and OK Compost Mark?
Yes. All GreenSax bags have been accredited with the OK Compost Mark and Seedling logo which certifies them to be fully compostable in accordance with the EU and US Composting Standards EN13432 & ASTM6400.