Compostable Bags Help Zoo's Green Program

Biodegradable bag manufacturer, Cortec Corporation has assisted Minnesota Zoo's Green Program, with the development of a composting program.

11 October 2011

Cortec Corporation, which specialises in a corrosion control technologies for packaging, has assisted Minnesota Zoo's Green Program, with the development of a composting program.

According to the company the scheme, which uses its 100% biodegradable and compostable Eco Film, greatly reduces the amount of waste generated.

The Zoo recently formed a Green Team, with the intention of promoting sustainable activities aimed at sustainability. The company says that one of the initiatives led to the development of a composting program which composted roughly 600 tons (544 tonnes) of waste just last year.

Cortec claims that prior to starting the composting program, the zoo tested all certified commercially available compostable plastics from various manufacturers before choosing its Eco Film product, which is up to 300% stronger than polyethylene.

Eco Film bags are now used for food waste created by employees, staff, the catering service, as well as during summer Zoo Camp - with plans to expand to common areas soon.

The finished compost which is used as a soil mix additive and as mulch on existing turf areas. The company says that the goal of the program is to divert food waste at the zoo, and reduce the trash that is taken to local landfills.
The zoo will also be selling finished compost in bulk to the public, which will be used as fertilizer for crops, farms and gardens.

In addition to the composting program the zoo has also started a recycling scheme that recycled 370 tons (335 tonnes) last year.

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