compostable plastic News

  • Home composting of biodegradable plastics

    ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics is currently developing a new standard, WK35342, Specification for Home Composting of Biodegradable Plastics. The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Plastics Composting at Home

    As landfills continue to expand, many consumers continue to look for ways to recycle. A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK35342, Specification for Home Composting of Biodegradable Plastics, will educate consumers on the process of home composting these materials. The proposed standard will illustrate great potential ...


    By ASTM International

  • Compostable plastics have a sweet ending

    Food packaging and other disposable plastic items could soon be composted at home along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer. The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast-growing trees and grasses, or renewable biomass from agricultural or food waste. It is being developed at Imperial College ...

  • Composts that contain biodegradable plastics may hinder plant growth

    Composts containing biodegradable plastics may hinder rather than help plant growth, according to a recent study by university scientists in Poland. These findings have implications for waste management practices within the EU. It is important to assess the quality and potential environmental risks associated with composts prepared from different wastes. Biodegradable plastics - known as ...

  • Global 8 Environmental Technologies Signs Agreement With Wheatware USA to Share Profits From Sales of Compostable Plastic Alternatives

    Environmental firm Global 8 Environmental Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: GBLE) has signed an agreement with Wheatware USA, Inc. ( ...

  • How good an alternative are biodegradable plastics?

    A recent study discusses biodegradable plastics (BDPs) as an alternative to conventional plastic packaging. It investigates their advantages and the possibilities for waste management. Over 67 million tonnes of packaging waste is generated annually in the EU. The EU directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste1 requires Member States to reduce waste and develop recycling systems. Although the ...

  • Biodegradable plastics – Not there yet. Additives to breakdown plastics don’t work

    A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i.e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i.e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. “Making improper or unsubstantiated claims can produce consumer backlash, fill the environment with unwanted polymer debris ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Greenwashing: misuse of EU composting standard EN 13432

    Lately, European Bioplastics (EUBP) is noticing an increasing malpractice by producers of fragmentation additives for conventional plastics referring to the European standard for industrial composting, EN 13432, when marketing their products. As is well known, such products do not fulfil the requirements of the EU norm for industrial composting of plastic products. Consequently, European ...


    By European Bioplastics

  • Plastic garbage: from waste to resource

    Only 25% of plastic waste is currently recycled in the EU. This is quite alarming considering the dangerous consequences it has on the environment and human health. However, Vittorio Prodi, an Italian member of the S&D group, believes plastic waste can also have an economic value. We talked to him about the resolution on plastic waste he guided through Parliament. Even without ...


    By European Parliament

  • GreenBlue releases guidelines for designing recyclable and compostable packaging

    Following two years of research into various end-of-life infrastructures and technologies, today GreenBlue® released a suite of reports that provide technical guidance on designing packaging to be compatible with common recovery methods. Design for Recovery Guidelines for Aluminum, Steel, Glass, and Paper Packaging detail common recovery challenges and barriers for these four major packaging ...

  • Low cost of cardboard prompts Donarbon to compost it

    Cambridge-based waste management firm Donarbon will look to compost its cardboard if it cannot find end markets for it. The announcement from the firm comes amid lack of demand for paper and cardboard from global markets and a sharp drop in prices. Speaking to MRW waste promotions manager Mark Shelton said the cardboard it takes from council civic amenity sites and private customers is sent on to ...

  • Modernizing the Plastics Resin Identification Code

    A revised ASTM International standard on the Resin Identification Code, which details the labeling system for post-consumer plastics, is designed to provide for a more effective use of the system. Stakeholders across the recycling industry will gain a valuable assist from a newly revised ASTM International standard that helps manage the end of life of plastic materials. That assist comes ...


    By ASTM International

  • NYC aims to require composting of food scraps

    Legions of apartment dwellers will soon be asked - and may eventually be ordered - to start collecting food scraps for composting, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest bid to make the Big Apple greener. After launching a test program recently in 3,500 Staten Island homes and some Manhattan apartment buildings, city officials said Monday they planned to expand it to 100,000 houses and high-rise ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oxo-biodegradable plastics industry under fire

    European Bioplastics’s wish to distance itself from the oxo-biodegradable plastics industry has sparked criticism from some in the oxo-biodegradable industry. In a position paper launched on 22 July, the oxo-biodegradable industry -  according to trade association European Bioplastics - has failed to live up to international standards that substantiate the industry’s claims on biodegradation ...

  • Oxo-degradable plastics may not be as `green` as producers claim

    Degradable plastics may not be as environmentally friendly as producers believe, finds research by Loughborough University backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Producers of oxo-degradable plastics regularly tout it as being a solution to the plastic bag litter problem, claiming the plastic is 100% degradable or biodegradable. But Defra’s report asserts that because it ...

  • Plants will be a `green` source of plastics, predict scientists

    Scientists will be able to mass produce plant-based biodegradable plastic that completely degrade in landfill, new research suggests. Plants have been used to produce plastics for some time, with plastics made from plant starches and soy protein. However, scientists have recently genetically modified a plant, Arabidoposis thaliana, so that it produces an organic plastic that is similar to ...

  • Plastic waste: European Parliament sounds the alarm

    The most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags should be banned by 2020, as part of an EU strategy to reduce plastic waste in the environment, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. The EU should also introduce binding plastic waste recycling targets, MEPs add. The resolution, a call for action further to a European Commission green paper, was passed by a ...


    By European Commission

  • Scheme to halve plastics going to landfill launched

    This follows a survey that found only half of councillors were confident councils could meet the Government’s waste strategy. Unveiled in of front MPs and council leaders at Westminster, the Plastics 2020 Challenge focuses on reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering plastic. Calum Forsyth from the Plastics 2020 Challenge said: “There are plastics ...

  • NYC waters are teeming with plastic particles, study finds

    The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group. The study, by the group NY/NJ Baykeeper, estimated there are at least 165 million plastic particles floating in New York Harbor and nearby waters at any given time. The report was based on ...


    By Associated Press

  • Vancouver company wins award for biodegradable plastic

    The 2010 North American Frost and Sullivan Award* for New Product Innovation of the Year has been awarded to Canadian company Solegear, for its 100 percent biobased Polysole plastic. According to Solegear, although many of today's biopolymers come from a natural feedstock, they are compounded using synthetic additives. Polysole, however, utilizes proprietary additives that are entirely natural ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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