compost bags: "permanent" vs paper - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
Question by awhiting2000
May 20, 2009
Your garden site suggests using compost bags of a tough reusable material. Fine. But, I just bought 5 Home Depot PAPER compost bags (much cheaper)! How does one use the paper compost bags to produce compost --rolling the bags periodically I guess? And, is watering or aerating also needed? Will the paper bag eventually disintegrate if left outside? Any related info will be appreciated. Thanks


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2009

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The paper compost bags are sold for the specific purpose of being filled with garden waste and set at the curb on trash pick up or recycling day in your neighborhood. Most cities require compostable material be placed in compostable Kraft paper bags. If you want to produce your own compost, the Kraft paper bags will deteriorate with use, just as you suspect they will. You can use burlap bags or even heavyweight black plastic bags to make compost, rolling them around every few days to mix the contents. Hope this answers your question!

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