What to do with compostable pouches when you don't compost at home

What to do with compostable pouches when you don't compost at home

Receiving compostable pouches from us and other eco-conscious brands but don't have a compost bin at home? It can be hard to know whether you're doing the right thing by the environment, particularly when it comes to disposing of things correctly. If you have a stockpile of compostable pouches and other materials at home and you don't have a compost bin at home, here are some options for you:

Check with your local waste management program

Some local councils offer composting programs that may accept compostable materials, including compostable postage pouches. Contact your local council to see if they have a composting program and what materials are accepted.

Look for a nearby composting facility or community compost pile

Many communities have composting facilities that accept organic waste, including compostable packaging. Search online or contact your local government to find a composting facility near you. Planet Ark has a database where you can find nearby composting facilities that you can drop off to.

Find someone nearby with a compost bin

Share Waste is a program that connects people without a compost bin to people that have a compost bin to reduce the amount of compostable materials ending up in landfill. 

Reuse them for other purposes

If your compostable mailers don't come with a second sticky strip on them for you to give them a second use in the postage system, consider reusing them for other purposes. For example, you can use them as small trash bags or as protective packaging for fragile items.


Remember, if you can't compost your compostables, they can't be recycled, so to prevent contamination, be sure to dispose of them correctly in the general waste. By taking steps to properly dispose of your compostable postage pouches, you can help reduce waste and support a more sustainable future.