Plenty compostable kitchen paper: your questions answered

We've got great news: Plenty kitchen roll sheets are now compostable! That's compostable sheets compostable messes! For more information on which products are compostable and how to compost them, check out our FAQs below.

Our FAQs

Plenty compostable kitchen paper: what is it?

Wondering ‘Can you compost kitchen roll?’ With Plenty compostable kitchen roll sheets, you can! But what does that mean? Well, it means once you’ve wiped up life’s many soggy spills and splashes, you can safely place the Plenty kitchen paper in your home and industrial composting bin. There, the kitchen towel breaks down along with the other compostable waste and turns into compost, ready to be used in your garden! Now, with Plenty compostable kitchen rollsheets, you can turn life’s mess into something good!

What makes Plenty compostable paper towel different?

Plenty is durable and versatile! And that’s no different now Plenty is compostable. You can expect the same quality and reliability you’ve gotten used to. It’s still wettable, wringable and scrubbable. And it’s as just as absorbent. The only difference is that now life’s little spills can be turned into something positive! 

Which Plenty kitchen rolls are compostable?

Plenty Original, Flexisheets and MAX kitchen rolls are now certified compostable.

Compostable paper towel: does it help the composting process?

Yes, Plenty kitchen roll sheets help the composting process. When composted properly, compostable kitchen roll sheets are a "brown" source of carbon and aids in airflow. As a result, they can support the composting process by conditioning the soil, helping it grow rich with nutrients.

Can kitchen roll be composted, even without a compost bin?

There are plenty of ways to compost without a bin. You can make a compost pile in your garden using things like leaves, grass clippings, and food waste. Or, if you don't have a garden or outdoor space, you could try vermicomposting with a worm bin indoors. Whatever method you choose, composting is a fun and rewarding way to reduce your impact on the planet. 

Plenty kitchen roll sheets are also suitable for industrial composting. Local authorities may have different requirements for what can be industrially composted so it’s important to check with your local waste collection service first. 

Compostable paper towels: when can’t they be composted?

Kitchen paper towels should not be composted if they have been used together with substances that are not suitable for composting like some biocides, chemicals, urine, faeces and oil spills. For more information on what can and can’t be composted, visit your local council’s website. You can also check out our article ‘What does composting mean, and how does it work?’

Animal waste is something many households deal with every day. Plenty kitchen roll is great for cleaning up these messes. But why can't I compost them after?

Animal products, including waste, can contain viruses or other harmful bacteria, even attracting unwanted pests, and should not be composted.

How does composting Plenty kitchen paper help the environment?

Composting your paper towels is a fantastic way to dispose of them, because it’s an environmentally responsible alternative to landfill.

Can all kitchen roll be composted?

Not all kitchen towels are created equal! While Plenty compostable paper towels are certified to be both home and industrially compostable, other types of towels may not be suitable for composting. Make sure to check the packaging or manufacturer's website to see if your kitchen towel is compostable or stick with Plenty to be sure you're doing your part for the environment.

Can you re-use the compostable paper towels?

All Plenty kitchen paper towels are wettable, wringable and scrubbable and are so strong that they can be used multiple times! Instead of using one sheet and throwing it away, after removing a spillage, the towels can be wet under water, wrung out and used again immediately (up to twice) to finish the task.

What’s the best way to wash Plenty kitchen paper so that it can be re-used?

Plenty’s strong kitchen roll is not intended to be washed in the washing machine, nor to be washed in the dishwasher. To prevent the growth of bacteria and to re-use your compostable paper towel, wash it under water, wring it out and let it dry.

Can you re-use Plenty kitchen roll when using it in food preparation?

No. Always use a fresh sheet when using Plenty kitchen roll to handle food. This helps to keep food germ- and bacteria-free and everyone happy.

How is Plenty kitchen roll certified to be compostable?

The compostability of consumer tissue products was assessed internally and certified by third party institutes. The third party institute certified to recognised standards (NF T 51-800 and EN 14995) considers the following criteria: composition (critical substances), biodegradability, disintegration during biological treatment, effect on the biological treatment process and effect on the quality of the resulting compost.