Biodegradable dog tidy bags?

North Sydney Council has been providing dog tidy bags in many of our parks for several years to encourage responsible dog ownership, help preserve the local amenity, and reduce water pollution.

There has been a recent growth in understanding of the detrimental impacts of plastics, and as a result North Sydney Council is joining many other councils in looking at compostable and biodegradable alternatives.

Since the end of 2016 Council has been trialing bags made from waste corn which, in time, will compost.

Unfortunately, it still takes a long time for biodegradable bags to break down and if they end up in our waterways they still are a major threat to marine life so it’s important to always dispose of the bags properly in a bin.

The good news is that the organic waste from Council’s red bins is composted in an industrial facility, including these new bags, so you can put the bags in the red bins knowing that they will be composted!

By March 2017 we had already received about 150 completed surveys and the response has so far been overwhelmingly positive to switch to new biodegradable bags.

We have also taken your feedback on board and have now made the bags black, less see-through, and a little stronger.

Biodegradable bags like this are more expensive.

We want to know if you think we should switch to them anyway to help keep our parks and waterways plastic free?

TAKE THE QUICK SURVEY HERE https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSCdogs

North Sydney Council has been providing dog tidy bags in many of our parks for several years to encourage responsible dog ownership, help preserve the local amenity, and reduce water pollution.

There has been a recent growth in understanding of the detrimental impacts of plastics, and as a result North Sydney Council is joining many other councils in looking at compostable and biodegradable alternatives.

Since the end of 2016 Council has been trialing bags made from waste corn which, in time, will compost.

Unfortunately, it still takes a long time for biodegradable bags to break down and if they end up in our waterways they still are a major threat to marine life so it’s important to always dispose of the bags properly in a bin.

The good news is that the organic waste from Council’s red bins is composted in an industrial facility, including these new bags, so you can put the bags in the red bins knowing that they will be composted!

By March 2017 we had already received about 150 completed surveys and the response has so far been overwhelmingly positive to switch to new biodegradable bags.

We have also taken your feedback on board and have now made the bags black, less see-through, and a little stronger.

Biodegradable bags like this are more expensive.

We want to know if you think we should switch to them anyway to help keep our parks and waterways plastic free?

TAKE THE QUICK SURVEY HERE https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSCdogs