FAQ

Cans

What is the size of the can?

The can is 10 liters or 1.9 gallons. The width is 8.62, depth is 9.06 and the height is 9.49.

What is the weight of the can?

The can weighs approximately 1.2 pounds.

What is the material of the can?

Polypropylene a minimum of 50% it is recycled

Is the material recycled?

We strive to use the maximum percentage recycled material. Our goal is 100%, but all of the Untrash™ Cans will have a minimum of 50% recycled materials.

Is it dishwasher safe?

Yes. Residential dishwasher temperatures range from approximately 140 to 155 degrees far below the melt point of polypropylene. It is advisable for residents to place in the top rack, if possible, and not run through the drying cycle.

Why does it have an internal ring?

The ring is designed to hold a compostable bag, providing the convenience and cleanliness of bag use for those who want to use it, and maintain a clean exterior appearance.

Where is the can manufactured?

The Untrash™ Can in manufactured in the U.S.A.

 

Bags

What is the material?

Ucan Compostable Bags are made of a unique bioplastic material, PHA

Is this made of PLA?

No. It is made of PHA.

What is PHA?

PHA is the base polymer for our bag material. It is a compostable bioplastic made from sugar, and will biodegrade in natural soil and water environments, home composting systems, and industrial composting facilities where these facilities are available. The rate and extent of compostability will depend on the size and shape of the article made from it. Through a microbial fermentation process, the base polymer PHA is produced within the microbial cells, and then harvested from the cell. Industrial strains of cells, can efficiently transform natural sugars into PHA. The recovered polymer is made into pellets to produce Ucan's products.

How is this material different?

Our material is a proprietary blend including polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA). It is the only non-starch bioplastic certified for compost. It is inherently heat and moisture resistance translate to greater product stability and shelf life stability. The resins we use are the only non-starch materials to receive all four Vincotte certifications for biodegradability in natural soil and natural water environments, industrial composting units, and home composting systems.

Do I have to use a bag?

No. Bags simply increase convenience and cleanliness. Bags are correlated with increased compliance in residential curbside food waste programs.

Are all bioplastics compostable?

Look for BPI certification. Bags with this BPI certification will compost in a commercial composting facility.

Can I put these in my home compost?

Yes. They will however compost at an unknown rate because of the vast variability of temperatures, etc. in home compost.

What is the competitive advantage over other products?

Ucan bag material is stronger and more flexible, with greater reliability and longer shelf life. Ultimately, it composts faster and the byproducts are inert.

 

Food Waste Quick Facts

Why can't I put my food down my disposal?

The food ends up at the water treatment plant and is treated as waste. Waste is removed as sludge at the water treatment plant, then land filled.

Why do I need to separate my food waste?

Food waste is >25% of the waste in landfills today. In order to reduce the amount of material that is land filled today food waste must be removed. On average each person in the US generates one pound of food waste every day.