Thrifty folks often talk about washing out zip-top bags and reusing them both to save money and reduce the impact on the environment. What happens when the zip-top bag isn’t in a condition to use it again? If the bag has not had meat products or fats in it, I use them to store my compost. My compost bin is close to the garden and away from the house. I usually make just a few trips out to the bin per week. Storing it in a gallon sized zip-top bag keeps the smell down and prevents me from dirtying a clean dish for storage. Even if the bag will not close fully or has a slight tear in it, it will usually still work for this purpose. After I dump the compost, I rinse the bag and put it in the plastic recycling.