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COMPOSTING THE CLEAN AND EASY WAY

With Brabantia's new biodegradable kitchen bin liners.

Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia’s 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste

Now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt

Vegetable peelings, mouldy fruit and used coffee grounds all go to produce great compost, but also make a dirty, soggy mess at the bottom of your food waste bin.

With Brabantia’s 100% biodegradable bin liners you can help keep your bins clean, dry and manageable - while also doing your bit for the environment.

Brabantia’s biodegradable bin liners are now available in three capacities, and sized-to-fit a range of its smaller and recycling kitchen bins, helping homeowners to conveniently store and then carry their organic waste straight from the kitchen to the garden compost bin or local authority green or food waste collection bin, all without the messy performance of emptying it first.

Made from strong 100% natural starch-based material, the bags are fully biodegradable and can be disposed of along with their contents. All Brabantia biodegradable bin liners are certified biodegradable and compostable to the highest European standard for compostable packaging, EN 13432.

The new 100% biodegradable bin liners are designed to fit Brabantia’s kitchen unit bins, the 10 litre Built-in bin (code C) and Built-in Separator bin (code Q), as well as its 12 litre Pedal bin (code C) and Twin bin 10 litre bio-basket (code K). It’s easy to choose the right size liner for your bin simply by matching the special colour code on the replacement bin liner to the one inside the Brabantia bin. This also ensures they are easy to change and avoids having an unsightly overlap.

Made from natural starch sourced from renewable crops and therefore fully compostable, Brabantia’s biodegradable bin liners offer consumers a convenient and green alternative to traditional plastic bin liners. They can also be used in local authority green or waste food collection bins where plastic bags are prohibited.

Supplied in rolls of 10, Brabantia’s biodegradable bin liners are priced from around € ?? per roll and available from leading retailers including high street department stores, superstores, quality independent housewares and kitchen product specialists, and can also be ordered on-line. For stockist details, please contact the Brabantia sales department on 0844 873 5848 or visit Brabantia’s website www.brabantia.com

The difference between fully biodegradable/compostable, PE (polyethylene) and ‘oxo-biodegradable’ bin bags

There are three types of bin liner currently available to consumers:

  1. Fully biodegradable liners made from corn starch (or other crop derived sources) and polylactic acid, and designed to biodegrade in aerobic, home or industrial composting conditions. These liners will be completely consumed by micro-organisms in the food chain and are 100% compostable and biodegradable.
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  2. Standard PE plastic bin liners made from polyethylene or similar material derived from oil and suitable for landfill disposal. Fully recyclable, plastic liners are increasingly being re-used by consumers.
  3. Degradable PE liners, sometimes also known as ‘Oxy-biodegradable’ (or ‘UV biodegradable’), made from oil derived PE but also containing a special metal additive (typically cobalt, nickel or manganese stearate), which acts as a catalyst to enable the plastic to degrade by oxidation and exposure to light and heat. This reduces the material to trace metal elements - which do not break down or biodegrade - CO² and water. These liners can take between 18 months and four years to disintegrate according to conditions and only if left in an open atmosphere, and are unlikely to fully degrade if buried in landfill sites.

With Brabantia’s new biodegradable bin liners, consumers can now choose 100% compostable liners for organic kitchen waste, and high quality recyclable PE plastic bin liners for other household waste.

For further information on the difference between biodegradable and degradable PE products visit www.wrap.org.uk

Top Tips for Food Waste Recycling

  1. It is estimated that we throw away around €50 a month per household on food that we could have eaten. Consider how to reduce your food waste with ideas such as meal planning, storing food correctly, making use of leftovers in other meals, and understanding date labels. See www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more information.
  2. If you have the space outside to compost, do so. It’s easy to start, even with the smallest outside space. Useful information on composting can be found at www.recyclenow.com/compost
  3. If you don’t have outside space for composting at home, check with your local authority what can be recycled, and how. Some councils offer a separate collection for food or garden waste. Why not check with to see what options are available in your area.
  4. Once you know what foods can be composted or recycled, plan your organic and waste food storage and make sure everyone in your household understands what can be composted, recycled or re-used.
  5. Check your collection dates. Many local authorities collect different items on different days, so keep a note of what days your green and/or food waste is collected (often weekly), while paper, glass, plastics and bottles are usually collected for recycling fortnightly. To help you remember, mark the dates on a calendar, and note advised changes for public holidays.

Other useful links
www.wrap.org.uk
www.organics-recyling.org.uk - Association for Organics Recycling (AFOR), previously the Composting Association

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