Should I put Teabags in my compost bin?
I have read the following recently. A report published by Which? Gardening reveals that teabags produced by top tea manufacturers such as Tetley, PG Tips, Twinnings, Clipper and Typhoo are only between 70-80% biodegradable. As a result, gardeners are finding the net part of teabags - caused by the inclusion of heat-resistant polypropylene - left on their compost heaps.
Which? Gardening contacted the major tea manufacturers to check the content of their products. PG Tips responded: "'Like most of the teabags in the UK, our teabags are made with about 80% paper fibre, which is fully compostable along with the tea leaves contained in the bag. The remaining packaging includes a small amount of plastic which is not fully biodegradable."
Given the recent publicity on Blue Planet II regarding plastics and the disposal of plastics getting into the food chain I ask the question, should I be putting used teabags into my compost bins with the veg waste and is this adding to the problem?