Tails wag for new waste bags

THE rollout of new, fully compostable dog poo bags in dispensers across Hobart will prevent almost a million single use plastic bags going into landfill every year.

“We have started installing fully compostable dog waste bags in dispensers across Hobart’s favourite dog-walking parks and we’re encouraging our dog-loving community to use them every time they take their pooch for a stroll,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“These new dog waste bags are fully compostable, can be added to your FOGO bin and, as our own tests show, break down completely to create wonderful compost.

“In the past, single-use plastic bags used to collect dog poo went straight to landfill, where they will remain indefinitely. These new plant-based bags and their contents can go straight into composting systems.

“We also plan to introduce public FOGO bins at key locations across Hobart to encourage more people to help us reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill.

“These fully compostable plant-based bags are another step forward in our efforts to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030.”

Made from plant-based materials and completely organic, the new bags are certified under Australian Standards. The deal will see about 900,000 compostable bags being used across Hobart every year instead of plastic bags.

Material collected in FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bins is taken to an industrial composting facility outside of Hobart where it is transformed into compost.

Pet poo and cat litter can go into FOGO bins, as can certified compostable bags.

Hobart Dog Walking Association president Tanzi Lewis said the Association promotes responsible dog ownership, people picking up after their dogs, and disposing of dog poo bags in a bin.

“We appreciate the City of Hobart providing bins and bags to help dog walkers do the right thing,” she said.

“Like many, we care about the environment and impact of plastics and thank the City of Hobart for making compostable bags available.”

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