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Can I put plastic bags into my brown bin?

Only compostable bags should be used to line your brown bin or kitchen caddy. There is often confusion between compostable and bio-degradable bags. The main difference is the length of time it takes to decompose, compostable bags will degrade in 4 to 6 weeks whereas bio-degradable bags will take in the region of 18 months, bio-degradable bags are best used for your residual (black) bin as an alternative to plastic bags which can take hundreds of years to degrade.