Short answer is- no!
Using compostable bags helps a lot and we strongly recommend you use them. Our bags are leak-resistant, tear-resistant, and ultra-strong. This means that when you put food scraps our bags, they stay in our bags. With all the food scraps contained securely, as long as bags are changed/hauled away on a regular basis, there will be very little opportunity for food scraps to begin decomposing which will keep smells and insects to a minimum.