The municipal waste management company Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR) and BASF have successfully completed a joint pilot project involving the use of organic waste bags made of the biodegradable plastic Ecovio® FS. In September 2011, more than 21,000 households in the districts of Prenzlauer Berg and Hellersdorf each received a test package with 10 organic waste bags. Approximately 80% of the residents surveyed were satisfied with the bags for collecting organic waste.
The number of conventional, non-biodegradable bags that ended up in the organic waste bins fell sharply during the trial. In Prenzlauer Berg, incorrect disposal fell by 37% and in Hellersdorf by 67%. The amount of organic waste collected increased by about 10% in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Tags: pilot project, Ecovio ® FS, organic waste bag
Source: European-Bioplastics, 2012-03-12.