Can I use plastic bags labeled “biodegradable”?
“Biodegradable” plastic bags are not accepted in the food scrap recycling bins. Compostable bags are made of plant-based materials that break down in the composting process. Plastic bags labeled “biodegradable” are made of plastic that breaks down into small pieces of plastic and will contaminate the compost.

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1. Where do I get a counter-top pail and bin?
2. Am I required to use the countertop pail being offered by Scarsdale?
3. Where can I purchase additional compostable bags?
4. Can I use plastic bags labeled “biodegradable”?
5. Am I required to use compostable bags?
6. Will composting be messy or smelly?
7. What happens to the food scraps after they leave the recycling facility?
8. What is the difference between using the Scarsdale Food Scrap Recycling service and backyard composting?
9. Why Compost?
10. Do I need to notify the Sanitation Department if I am away and wont be putting out my food scrap bin?