How to dispose of biodegradable packaging.
We’re fortunately living in an age where packaging is becoming more biodegradable, which is obviously good for the environment and cutting down on pollution. But, as we’ve mentioned before on the blog in our other post about how biodegradable certain packaging items are, just because something can biodegrade doesn’t mean you should go fly-tipping and hope nature will do the rest.


But with different councils having different rules with regards to how we get rid of our waste, how are we meant to know what the best way is to dispose of biodegradable material?


Fortunately, it’s not too difficult. On a superficial level, you will need to read up on what the regulations are in your local area regarding waste disposal. Recycling centres and council-run landfills are more prominent than they ever used to be and are helpfully split into different sections depending on the type of waste, for example, wood, electronics, and ceramic. You can also dispose of garden waste too.


But let’s look at biodegradable packaging rather than just biodegradable waste. The biggest of these is paper, which, alas, you cannot simply place in a compost bin and wait. It is, however, very easily recyclable. This is in fact true of 90% of paper products so, unless it’s coated with plastic it can go in the recycling bin.


We’re also now seeing the emergence of plant-based plastics. Co-op is now adding them as their 5p bags and we’re seeing them pop up repeatedly in health food stores. While they take about as long as paper to biodegrade – about three to five months – that’s considerably better than the hundreds of years it takes for current plastics to decompose.


So, when you have waste to get rid of, think first of where it needs to go. Don’t just throw it in the general waste. Take the necessary time to sort it into what is recyclable and what isn’t. It’ll give you peace of mind and the environment will be better for it.

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