4. What to do with Tissues, Paper Towels & Wet Wipes?
Paper towels, serviettes, tissues - Do they all go in the Green Bin?
Yes, all paper towels, paper serviettes and paper tissues are a good source of carbon in the GREEN bins.
If paper towels have been used with cleaning chemicals they should be put in the RED bin. A good rule of thumb; If you wouldn’t want to grow your veges in the resulting compost, put it in the red bin.
Can we flush them?
No, only toilet paper. Anything else, including paper towels, can fairly easily cause blockages. Even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging, don’t flush! Our system isn’t made for anything but our excrements and toilet paper. Cotton buds seem to be the latest flushing trend , NO just NO
Any baby, makeup or wet wipes, regardless of their labelling around being biodegradable or compostable, go into the RED bin. The composters don’t want these, as they are a mix of paper and PLASTIC. The wastewater plant also cannot process these – they frequently cause blockages known as fatburgs!
We of course, encourage reusable. Just wash and reuse!
These can go in the GREEN bin too, to be turned into compost.
This is much more preferable to these carbon items going to landfill, where they barely break down at all – instead they “mummify” in the airless environment, giving off methane (a greenhouse gas).
What we don’t want to put in the green bin but goes in the RED bin:
Our green bins go to Living Earth to be turned into compost. Some of the reasons that Living Earth doesn’t want the above is because: