For most of the seven-county Twin Cities (Minnesota) metropolitan area, 2009
will be the final season for those ubiquitous black plastic bags when collecting yard trimmings. Even
those bags that are touted as "biodegradable" will be banned for grass
clippings and leaves.
A new law goes into effect January 1, 2010 that will require yard waste bags be made of compostable
materials, in an effort to create an organic waste stream free of black
plastic and in turn higher quality compost. Residents are still free to use paper bags or reusable containers. They can even drop off plastic bags as long as they remove the yard trimmings and take the bags home. In 2010 homeowners and lawn
services will be expected to switch to paper leaf bags or plastic ones
made of corn resin or other natural products.
You can read the full story on the KARE11.com website.
The BPI has created a special webpage with Minnesota retailers that sell BPI-certified compostable bags that comply with the new regulations.
You can watch a KARE TV11 (Minneapolis) TV interview with the bill's author, Rep. Paul Gardner, at the KARE TV 11 Website.