Biodegradeable Trash Bags – Is That An Oxymoron?

Are biodegradeable trash bags really better? The thinking behind this product is that because they are made with a renewable resource (typically corn or some other plant based product) they are better for the environment than traditional trash liners made from plastic. Okay so if you're burying trash in your backyard and keeping it wet and rotating it so it gets air - oh wait a minute that's composting. Okay so if your trash goes to the landfill is the biodegradeable bag better? Well maybe it is made from a renewable resource, but in the landfill it won't get the moisture and air it needs to degrade - no matter what it is made from. Sure it will decompse eventually, but better? Biodegradeable trash liners are typically not worth the 30% to 70% premium you will pay. So what are the alternatives? Continue reading