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Compostable packaging

Find out how to dispose of compostable packaging.

Home compost

Many everyday household items are now packaged in compostable materials made from natural plant starches, such as corn-starch, which can be used as an alternative to plastic polymers.

These include types of food packaging (e.g. some brands of sandwich packets) and food and waste bags. Although giving the appearance of plastics packaging, items labelled with this leaf symbol will break down eventually in a home compost bin.

Please note: Due to operational restrictions at large-scale composting facilities compostable packaging cannot be accepted in household composting collection bins.