CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More and more cities are taking steps to try to address litter problems associated with polyethylene plastic shopping bags. Some of the most popular methods are recycling programs, taxes on single-use plastic bags, and incentives for bringing a reusable bag. All of these efforts can be a part of comprehensive bag ban legislation.
Another important piece of this effort is the inclusion of compostable plastic bags as an alternative to polyethylene single-use bags. In his most recent blog post, Metabolix Vice President of Business and Commercial Development, Bob Engle, discusses the importance of including a compostable bag option in any bag ban legislation.
These compostable alternatives serve several needs: They are effective retail shopping bags and can be repurposed as bags for collecting household food waste for municipal composting. Finally, they promote bag litter reduction, and diversion of food waste from increasingly scarce landfills to composters – two important public policy agendas that are very relevant today.