How long will these products take to break down?

This varies by product and by composting environment.

HOME COMPOSTING:

  • Not recommended for PLA cold cups, deli containers, straws, utensils, and lids for hot cups and bowls
  • Up to 6 months for wheat straw plates, take-out containers, bowls, cups and trays
  • Up to a year for PLA trash bags and kitchen bags, as well as paper hot cups and paper bowls.

COMMERCIAL COMPOSTING FACILITY:

  • 2 - 3 months for PLA cold cups, deli containers, straws, PLA trash bags and kitchen bags, wheat straw plates, take out containers, bowls, cups and trays, paper hot cups and paper bowls.
  • 2 - 4 months for PLA utensils and lids for hot cups and bowls