25 September 2013

Compostable plastics may help boost cities’ food-waste programs

California's progressive labeling law to prohibit use of the term 'biodegradable' on all plastic products

Composting food waste is the next step for cities hungry to reach recycling goals and reroute organic matter back to the soil instead of landfills and incinerators.

Compostable plastics are making the job easier but there are challenges to overcome from manufacturers “greenwashing” products labels to composters determining what will breakdown in an appropriate time frame given the temperature and moisture of their facility.

… Full text: www.plasticsnews.com/article/20130925/NEWS/130929951/compostable-plastics-may-help-boost-cities-food-waste-programs#

Tags: packaging, solid waste management, sustainability, materials, food service, trash, plastic bags, plates, bowls, utensils, coffee stirrers, Portland, Compostable Plastics Task Force, ASTM D6400, D6868

Source: PlasticsNews, 2013-09-25.

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