It has been almost one year since Cortec® Corporation started an internal organics recycling program at its Saint Paul, Minnesota, headquarters. Since January, Cortec® has diverted an estimated 100 pounds (45 kg) per week of organic waste from the landfill to an industrial composting facility where it is transformed into soil amendment for local communities. At this rate, Cortec® is on target to compost an estimated 5,200 pounds (2,359 kg) of organic waste by the end of the year, rescuing it from the trash and repurposing it into fresh soil.
Cortec® was able to launch organics recycling thanks to a grant from the Ramsey County Biz Recycling Program that helped the project get off the ground in the first six months. An especially distinctive
aspect of Cortec’s initiative was being able to use its own BPI certified compostable Eco Film® Bags* (BPI #890974) to collect the waste. These commercially compostable bin liners are manufactured at Cortec’s Advanced Films Division in Cambridge, Minnesota, where Cortec® has been on the cutting edge of developing “greener” packaging technology over the last two decades.
While some organics recycling programs around the world have allowed the use of traditional plastic bags to collect organic waste, the typical requirement and ideal eco-friendly choice is to use certified compostable bin liners such as Eco Film® for greater efficiency and to reduce plastic waste. Eco Film® Bags make organics collection easy, as the bags can simply be filled, then collected and thrown directly into the industrial compost pile where they will break down into new soil along with food scraps, coffee grounds, and discarded paper towels.
More and more communities are making organics recycling available to citizens through local collection points or even voluntary or mandatory home pickup. It takes thought and planning, but participating in organics recycling is an excellent way for those seeking to be better environmental stewards to reclaim this waste and turn it into something valuable. Eco Film® Bags are one tool that simplifies collection by the use of a certified compostable liner that does not have to be separated from the rest of the waste before final disposal in the industrial composting heap. Eco Film® Bags are also excellent for collection of yard waste, for which in some regions it is illegal to use a traditional plastic bag.
Cortec® is grateful for the support of Biz Recycling in helping it launch a successful organics recycling program and especially proud of its own role in producing commercially compostable materials that can facilitate the implementation of organics recycling programs with greater environmental stewardship. Contact Cortec® to learn more about securing Eco Film® certified compostable bags for your own organics recycling needs here:
Learn more about Eco Film®: https://www.cortecpackaging.com/product/eco-film/
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*Commercially compostable only. Facilities may not exist in your area.
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