Plastic Bag Dilemma

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I used to have a huge plastic bag under my kitchen sink filled with other plastic bags. I hated to throw them out and often used them to pick up my dog’s waste.  Occasionally I’d buy biodegradable bags at a local store, but when I ran out I’d go strait back to grocery store plastic bags.

Since I began using my envirosax exclusively several months ago, I no longer have plastic bags in my house unless they sneak in with guests or because I was not paying attention.  Even then, I’ve continued to use random plastic sacks found outside with my dog.  The problem is that plastic bags never biodegrade. They do photodegrade, but that process requires sunlight, which the sacks never see while buried within our landfills.  What to do?

I know loads of people in the FM area have pets, so here are a few green solutions to the pet waste/plastic bag dilemma.

  • Biodegradable bags- there are several manufacturers who produce biodegradable bags… these do eventually biodegrade in landfills, but are not idea.
  • Flushing- City sewers and septic systems are built to safely process solid animal waste, so flushing is much greener than throwing waste in the trash. Just be sure you use something biodegradable such as toilet tissue when flushing.
  • Composting- If you have a hard, you can safely compost your dog’s waste. The site should be located at least 100 yards from any water source as well as a good distance away from edible gardens or other composting sites.  You can purchase a dog waste composter or better yet, make your own!
  • Use old papers from the house to pick up your dog’s waste.
Plastic bags can be taken to the front entrance of any local Cashwise, Walmart or Hornbachers for recycling. Trex Company recycles them into composite decking.
Suggested site of the week: Beyond Pesticides

 

 

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