FAQ – Tailz Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags | Eco Friendly | Australian Certified Compostable


Below are some of our frequently asked questions.

All parcels are dispatched the same day if possible, generally if received before 12pm AWST. If your order is received after 12pm AEST on a Friday, it is likely to be dispatched the subsequent Monday.
Our website promotions/offers and discount codes can only be used in isolation and not consecutively eg. One order, one discount not additionally or in conjunction with other promotions, offers, discounts and codes. If in doubt or you are having trouble with the codes please reach out to us at support@tailz.com.au for any questions or assistance.
We use either Sendle or Australia Post. Both offering carbon-neutral shipping. Each service provides you with information about the progress of your shipment but feel free to contact us at support@tailz.com.au if you require any further information about your order.
Our roll sizes are bigger and thicker than typical plastic bag rolls so don't fit most dispensers. The Refill Pack is usually ordered by repeat customers already with a Tailz dispenser. If you already have a dispenser that you will be using, could you please check that it will fit our rolls that have a maximum length of 65mm and diameter of 43mm. They don't usually fit the plastic bone style dispensers either. Please note we can't guarantee our rolls will fit your bag dispenser and take no responsibility for incorrect purchases. If in doubt please reach out to us at: support@tailz.com.au
Must be kept out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat. Must not be stored where they can become damp. Should not be stored on the floor as the Corn Starch smell is attractive to rodents as a food source. Open boxes should be re-closed and use within 6 months of opening
Ours are! Plastic dog poop bags are not compostable. They can take over 500 years to degrade into landfills, releasing microplastics into the environment and oceans as they go. Degradable dog poop bags are not compostable either and may cause harm to the environment. If you want to compost your dog poop bags, you should only use certified compostable and biodegradable products, such as Tailz eco-friendly, compostable dog poop bags.
Plastic-free methods. The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of dog poop is without plastic. A compostable dog poop disposal system will make your life easier, and the environment happier! The environmental benefits of compostable dog poo bags made from cornstarch are endless, but the reduction of plastic, microplastics, and harmful materials from oceans and landfills are one of the key factors in plastic-free dog poop disposal.
Truly compostable bags are made without plastic. Natural plant starches are used to create environmentally friendly, compostable dog bags. Tailz compostable dog bags are made of cornstarch. Other plant starch that compostable dog bags are made of can include potato starch, soybean starch, and other vegetable blends.
A plastic dog poop bag can take 500 years to break down - and that’s if it ever does. Certified organic and compostable dog poop bags made from corn starch can completely decompose in as little as 10-15 days in an appropriate composting system or as little as 3 months in landfills. Another key difference is the toxins released during the decomposition phase. Plastic dog poop bags release many harmful micros into the environment, where cornstarch biodegradable dog poop bags are completely natural.
Many local councils provide free dog poop bags along walking tracks. However, these free dog poop bags are causing harm to the Australian environment. We recommend switching to plastic-free dog poop bags, made from a certified compostable and biodegradable material.
Plastic dog poop bags never decompose. Plastic can take up to 500 years to degrade, however microplastics and chemicals such as carbon remain in the environment forever in some form. Plastic dog poop bags have a permanent impact on the environment. Plant starch dog poop bags can take as little to 10-90 days to degrade depending on factors such as composting and disposal methods.
Compost it! If you use a certified compostable dog poop bag you can use it in your compost. With plant starch dog poop bags you can also feel good about simply popping your bagged dog poop in the bin, as your bag will naturally biodegrade over time, leaving no harmful microplastics or chemicals behind.
It depends because not all dog poop bags are made the same! Tailz dog poop bags are made from cornstarch, meaning they’re entirely natural. Our plant-based starch dog poop bags are certified compostable and biodegradable to Australia's strict standards. That means Tailz eco-friendly dog poop bags are better for the environment than their plastic, or part plastic (disguised as eco friendly) alternatives which are bad for the environment.
Biodegradable dog poop bags don’t take long to decompose. When dog poop bags are made from plant starches, they have active microbes ready to start breaking them down as soon as they’re in the right environment. Some studies suggest that in a good compost system, biodegradable compost bags can break down in as little as 10 days. Typically, we see plant starch biodegradable dog poop bags break down within 3 months in landfills.
Not all ‘eco-friendly’ dog waste bags are made the same. Plant starch eco dog waste bags are biodegradable. If you’re looking for a biodegradable eco dog waste bag, our range at Tailz is certified biodegradable. You should always look for this certification when purchasing eco products. Degradable and biodegradable are not the same, although both are marketed as eco-friendly products.
The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of dog poop if you’re picking up the dog poo from around your yard at home, is to pop it straight into the compost. There are specialised pet waste composters designed to break down your dogs poo. If you’re out and about walking through your town, the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of dog poop is to pick it up with a natural product such as newspaper or a compostable dog poop bag. Once you arrive home, place it in your compost!
One of the best choices for biodegradable dog poop bags is certified compostable and biodegradable bags. These are typically made from plant starches. The best biodegradable dog poop bags are entirely plastic-free. For example, the great biodegradable dog poop bag range at Tailz is made from cornstarch. That means no methane, microplastics, or other nasty toxins are released from these bags as they begin to break down.
Not all dog poop bags are compostable in Australia. If dog poop bags contain plastic, they are not compostable. In order to find compostable dog poop bags in Australia, you can look for the Australian Bioplastic Association (ABA) Certified Standard logos AS4735 & AS5810. These will confirm that your dog poop bags are compostable in Australia.
The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of dog poop in Australia is with a pet waste composter that turns dog poop into quality fertilizer for your home garden. If you’re picking up dog poop at home, you can put it straight into your pet waste composter. However, if you’re out and about and need to use dog poop bags, plastic bags are the worst way to dispose of dog poop for the environment in Australia, and they can not be composted. ABA Certified Compostable dog poop bags in Australia are great for pet waste compost.
Most compostable dog bags in Australia are made of plant starches. This includes PLA cornstarch, potato starch, soybean starch, and other vegetable starches. Other options are PBAT, which is a fossil fuel derived biodegradable polymer. Thin compostable products, such as dog bags, are easy and safe for worms to digest. Source: https://greenhome.co.za/blog/do-earthworms-eat-compostable-packaging-part-2/
Plastic dog poop bags can take up to 500 years to decompose in Australian conditions, if at all. Its important to remember that decomposing and biodegrading are not the same! Its possible that some plastic products remain in the earth forever due to the release of microplastics and chemicals. Compostable dog poop bags decompose quickly in Australia, thanks to the heat and lush garden environments inviting many worms. In a standard bin, compostable dog poop bags may break down in 90 days, with better conditions bringing that down to a tiny 10 days.
Dog poop bags are readily available for free in Australia. Locals councils provide free dog poop bags on walking trails and in parks, beaches, and other public areas. But, not all that is free is safe! These plastic dog poop bags can have harmful effects on the environment. You might find that spending a few dollars on ABA Certified dog poop bags in Australia makes you feel good.
The time it takes for dog poop bags to decompose in Australia depends on the type of material used to create the dog poop bag as well as the method of disposal. ABA Certified dog poop bags will decompose much faster and have a far kinder impact on the environment than plastic dog poop bags.
Australians can compost their bagged dog poop when they use an ABA Certified Compostable Dog Poop Bag, like the types of bags available at Tailz. The compostable and biodegradable dog poop bags can also be placed in the FOGO council bin if your local area accepts pet waste. If your dog poop bags are made from plastic, you must place them in the general waste bin for collection.
Plastic dog poop bags are bad for the Australian environment. The harmful effects of plastic include pollution, microplastic contamination, and injuries to wildlife. Compostable and biodegradable dog poop bags are a friendlier choice for the Australian environment. Look for the ABA Certified Standard logos AS4735 & AS5810 when choosing a dog poop bag in Australia.
The time it takes for biodegradable dog poop bags to decompose in Australia depends on the type of material it is made from. Some options that are advertised as biodegradable include compostable, biodegradable, and oxo-degradable. By definition, biodegradable products should not produce pollution, but there is some research to suggest that the additives in oxo-degradable products create microplastics. True, ABA Certified biodegradable dog poop bags can take from 10-90 days to decompose in Australia.
Not all eco dog waste bads are biodegradable in Australia. All compostable items are biodegradable. The easiest way to determine if your dog poo bag meets biodegradable standards is by looking for the Australian Bioplastic Association (ABA) Certified Standard logos AS4735 & AS5810. These will confirm that your dog poop bags are compostable, and therefore biodegradable in Australia. Source: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/what-is-biodegradable#:~:text=Compostable%20vs.,Biodegradable&text=products%20are%20compostable.%E2%80%9D-,All%20compostable%20items%20are%20biodegradable%2C%20but%20not%20all%20biodegradable%20products,single%20organic%20material%20called%20humus.
Australian gardeners rejoice as composting dog poo is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of dog poop in Australia. Home pet waste compost systems or local council FOGO bins that accept pet waste are the best way to dispose of dog poop in an eco-friendly way. Need to bag your pet waste? No plastic is allowed in the compost! Look for compostable dog poop bags at Tailz.
There are many options for disposing of dog poop in Australia. One of the best ways for the environment and for your garden is by using a pet waste composter. You can use newspaper or just a shovel to pick up dog poop from around your yard and place it safely into a pet waste composter. If you’re out and about, you can use a compostable dog poop bag to pick it up, and dispose of it in your compost when you get home, or in a local FOGO council bin on your way. If necessary, you can place dog poop in normal garbage bins in Australia.
If you’re looking for the best biodegradable dog poop bags in Australia, there are a few tips and tricks to making sure you get a truly biodegradable product. For example, look for Australian Bio-plastic Association certifications. Consider lifestyle factors when it comes to the best biodegradable dog poop bags. If you need thick, large, environmentally conscious dog poop bags in Australia, why not try Tailz?
Tailz Compostable Dog Bags come with many benefits over plastic dog bags. Australia has high certification standards, and Tailz passes the test with worm-safe, plant-safe, and toxin-free! Find out more about these by searching ABA Certified Standard logos AS4735 & AS5810. Tailz bags are made to a high standard that suits the lifestyle of any dog owner, thanks to being a strong 18 microns thick with easy tie handles. The generous 44cm x 16cm sizing of Tailz Compostable Dog Bags caters to a large range of pooches. One of our most loyal customers owns an Irish Wolfhound! Don’t take our word for it! Check out some great reviews here, or shop with a money-back guarantee now.
Depending on where you are and what you have on hand, there are a few options for how to pick up dog poop without a plastic bag. If you’re at home, using the shovel and adding the dog poop straight to the pet waste compost is a great option. If you’re out walking your dog and need to pick up dog poop without a plastic bag, you could use a piece of newspaper, a piece of a catalogue, or a plastic alternative like our own Tailz biodegradable dog poop bags.
Genuine biodegradable bags, especially those which are Australian Bioplastics Association certified, have a lesser impact on the environment than plastic. When used in conjunction with a composter, they can even feed your garden! Some degradable options, such as oxo-degradable, are not good for the environment. Oxodegradable plastic is thought to lead to microplastics in oceans and land, over 150 organisations in the EU alone have called for a ban on these bags.
Dog poop bags made from plant starches are among the most sustainable. In order for a product to be sustainable, it must contribute to a circular economy. That is why compostable, biodegradable dog poop bags are considered among some of the most sustainable dog poop disposal products on the market. By using worm-safe, plant-safe and toxic-free certified compostable products, you can safely re-fuel the environment with your purchase. Cornstarch is Tailz favourite option.
No. It is not ok to flush dog bags down the toilet, despite the label. Many products that are approved for flushable purposes overseas do not take the Australian waterways into account. In fact, one brand has contributed to an $8 million problem in Sydney. Flushing dog feces is a safe option for Australian households but do not flush dog bags due to the complexity of our waterways and the variations from state to state. Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-09/soluble-dog-poo-bags-prove-a-flushing-hazard/8776184
If you want to be totally sure that your dog poop bag will really compost, then you should only shop for certified products. The Australian Bioplastics Association is the peak industry body for compostable products. Look for the AS5810 & AS4736 ABA logos to know that a product has been subject to extensive lab and field testing. To know more about how Tailz bags really compost, visit our dedicated article
Australians are great at composting. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that over a third of Australians participate in some form of composting. It’s no surprise that there are over 150 composting facilities in Australia. If you need to find one near you that accepts pet waste, you can enter your suburb at the Australian Organics Recycling Organisation..
You don’t want to take risks with composting items that contaminate your whole compost. You need to be certain that the bags are compostable, and one of the only ways to ensure this is through ABA Certification. Standard logos AS5810 & AS4736 signify that these products have passed strict testing. Find out more here..
The term bioplastics encompass a whole family of materials that are biobased, biodegradable, or both.
Using compostable bioplastic products such as bags, fresh food packaging, or disposable tableware and cutlery increases the end-of-life options. In addition to recovering energy and mechanical recycling, industrial composting (organic recovery / organic recycling) becomes an available end-of-life option. Compostability is a clear benefit when plastic items are mixed with biowaste. Under these conditions, mechanical recycling is not feasible, neither for plastics nor biowaste. The use of compostable plastics makes the mixed waste suitable for organic recycling (industrial composting and anaerobic digestion), enabling the shift from recovery to recycling. This way, biowaste is diverted from other recycling streams or from landfill and facilitating separate collection – resulting in the creation of more valuable compost.
No. Bioplastics are a large family of materials that can be either bio-based, biodegradable or both. The largest share (over 75 percent) of bioplastics currently on the market are bio-based, non-biodegradable (durable) materials. Biodegradability is an inherent property of certain polymers that can be preferable for specific applications (e.g. biowaste bags). Biodegradable/compostable products should feature a clear recommendation regarding the suitable end-of-life option and correct disposal for this product. Australasian Bioplastics Association recommends acquiring a certificate and according to label for biodegradable plastic products meant for industrial composting according to AS4736 and Home Composting according to AS5810-2010.
Bioplastic materials are used to manufacture products intended for short term use, such as mulch films or catering products, as well as durable applications, such as bottles, mobile phone covers or interior components for cars. Some common applications of bioplastics are packaging materials, dining utensils, food packaging, hygiene products and insulation.