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best green bin liner? Plastic compostable or paper?

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Mar 31, 2015
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Cambridge

best green bin liner? Plastic compostable or paper?

Plastic compostable or paper?
which brand?

looking for something budget friendly as well.

Thank you!
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Oct 13, 2008
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Why line the green bin?

Just put all your compostable stuff in those clear plastic bags from groceries .. and then dump into the green bin.

THey will throw them away. It's that simple.

No need to specifically buy bags to throw out!
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Dump from the plastic bag into the green bin? Seems yucky. Compostable plastics are not allowed in Ottawa's green bins. I mostly just use our home compost bins, but when I do use the green bin, I use the paper liners.
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Mar 24, 2015
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I line old newspaper and flyers in a small bin and wrap it up with more newspaper when it's full and throw in the green bin. I also use cereal boxes, potato bags, etc. when available instead of newspaper.
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In the GTA, it's pointless to buy compostable bags because they will cut the bags open and throw them into the garbage anyways.

Best to check your local program.
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aokec wrote:
Jan 12th, 2017 1:29 am
In the GTA, it's pointless to buy compostable bags because they will cut the bags open and throw them into the garbage anyways.

Best to check your local program.
Maybe in the city of Toronto proper, but in (most of?) the rest of the GTA, compostable bags are part of the green bin program and are processed along with the food waste itself.

It's only T.O. that botched the set up of the green bin program with the incomprehensible idea of allowing plastic bags! :facepalm:
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Use newspapers/flyers to line your kitchen bin. You would be wasting resources by going out to buy bin liners.
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These are the bags that you need ... no need to buy.

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Just use these in a tiny bin that is in your kitchen sink or kitchen counter top ...

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Once the tiny bin is full ... tie a knot and toss into the green bin. Done!


And we just use that bulky compost bin to store away the extra clear grocery bags for the tiny bin:

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SellKijijiOshawa, many places don't accept plastic. Allowed where you live I guess!

Edit: maybe not though... from the City of Oshawa website:
Liner bags that are 100 percent compostable are made from all natural products that will completely break down and become part of the finished compost. Look for liner bags that are marked with logos showing that they are certified compostable bags.
The use of 100 per cent certified compostable liner bags, paper food waste bags, or food waste wrapped in newspaper is the way Durham Region produces top-quality compost.
Liner bags advertised as biodegradable or oxo biodegradable are not compostable. Plastic does not completely break down, making it very costly and inefficient to separate and remove it from compostable material. Green bins lined with unacceptable liner bags including plastic grocery bags will not be collected.
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Hi,

I would love to line both compost bins if possible. I'm new to this composting . What do you guys do when the large compost bin (the outside one) gets all sorts of old rotting food stuck all over the inside of it. After the city collects it, it still has lots of stuff in it, and it stinks. I can't imagine what summer would be like. Last year we had so much maggots everywhere, in and outside the compost. They were crawling towards my garage!!! What do u guys do to control this smell , maggots and plain old rotting food?!?!
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redsilk wrote:
May 1st, 2017 11:04 pm
Hi,

I would love to line both compost bins if possible. I'm new to this composting . What do you guys do when the large compost bin (the outside one) gets all sorts of old rotting food stuck all over the inside of it. After the city collects it, it still has lots of stuff in it, and it stinks. I can't imagine what summer would be like. Last year we had so much maggots everywhere, in and outside the compost. They were crawling towards my garage!!! What do u guys do to control this smell , maggots and plain old rotting food?!?!
Freeze bones and meat till green bin pickup day. Otherwise, as you have disciovered, you get maggots. That's nature doing its thing.
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Nov 26, 2006
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Anyone have any idea what is appropriate to line the large green bins in Peel Region? Summer is on its way and I'd hate a repeat of last year with my garage being flooded with gigantic flies. It was disgusting and I had to wash and disinfect my green bins almost every week.
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I need some suggestions on how to best handle food waste(compost). Can’t use plastic bags. What I’m doing now is a huge waste of $:

1) Collect compost in a plastic shopping bag from the kitchen bin.
2) when the bag gets full I dump the contents of it into a ginormous 80l brown paper bag/liner.
3) drop the bag into the big green bin
4) repeat

Problem with my method is that I have to dump the contents into the paper bag and that’s a messy job.

The paper bags are quite expensive too.
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Mrjason wrote:
Aug 12th, 2018 9:02 pm
I used to have the problem most of you did, the plastic shopping bags constantly leaked, and I had to put up with bad rotting smelling bins, maggots crawling all over, waste food stuck to the inside walls, and the regular cleaning was a real nasty chore, which caused a bad mess on my driveway.
I gave up using the green bins, and disposed my waste in the garbage.
My neighbour is releasing a new product, he calls it xxxxxxx, its a garbage bag holder, I was 1 of the few people he gave the product to, for testing and feedback.
It allows me to use any size garbage bag, no matter the opening size, directly in my city bin. I can even change bags when the bag I use gets full. I save money and reuse my 5 cent shopping bags.
I have not cleaned my bin for months and it still is clean, thanks to his product xxxxxx. I even use it as it is portable, when I go with the family camping, beach trips etc. Very handy tool at these place where we really need to collect and not create litter. Going to get 1 for my parents as well, because they cant lift heavy garbage bags, and this takes care of this problem, in fact its a great product for the elderly. Check it out.
Assuming you're not spamming us with your own product, what does this have to do with helping the environment, and being Green? You should not have much garbage at all if you recycle and use your green bin properly.

Edit: removed product name from quote
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Too much work.

I just tie up the little bag in the tiny garbage bin in the kitchen sink, then toss it out in the garbage bin in parking lot at work. If I happen to make a pit stop at the gas station, then in the garbage bin there.

I haven't taken out my GREEN BIN to the curb side for over a year.
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