Compostable Resins Company Celebrates 30th Year

Novamont, based in Novara, Italy, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The bioplastics company, which creates biochemicals and bioproducts, focuses on the integration of chemistry, agriculture and the environment.

Modify, Don’t Rescind Bag Bans
Seattle accepted bags

The City of Seattle, Washington has had ordinances restricting use of plastic bags and food service packaging for many years. In a notification to parties required to comply with the rules, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) acknowledges that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting grocery and other food service retailer operations and may temporarily affect compliance with requirements.

BPI, AgSTAR Announcements

The Biodegradable Products Institute’s (BPI) Stakeholder Members are entities with an interest in BPI’s mission and the broader effort to keep organics out of landfills, but who don’t currently certify materials, products or packaging.

Biological Recycling Of Biodegradable Plastics
Test for biodegradation of biodegradable polymer molecules being conducted at the OWS, Inc. laboratory.

To meet demand for organics recovery and reduced plastic waste, biodegradable plastics will be an increasing part of the future. Biological recycling infrastructure must be ready to respond.
Norma McDonald
BioCycle September/October 2019

Environmental Impacts Of Packaging Options
Figure 1. Material attribute evaluation framework and guide to charts

Oregon DEQ study analyzed if materials with compostable and biobased attributes consistently have lower environmental impacts than materials without the attributes.
Allaway, J. Rivin, M. Mistry and P. Canepa
BioCycle March/April 2019

Fate Of Compostable Bags In Digester Field Trials
Compostable plastic film fragments sorted out from biowaste and cleaned prior to analysis.

Certified biodegradable and compostable bags containing municipal biowaste were processed at four German facilities with AD and composting systems.
M. Kern, T. Turk, A. Hüttner and U. Koj
BioCycle September 2018

Green Sports Alliance Update 2018
Missouri Organic Recycling (MOR) conducted a field test of the compostable peanut bags in 2017.“The bags completely degraded in 49 days,”notes Kevin Anderson, Vice-President of MOR.

Among the latest developments are formation of Green Sports Alliance Japan, and commercialization of a compostable peanut bag.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle June 2018

Open Source Field Testing For Certified Compostable Packaging
Partially disintegrated compostable cellulose bag.

An open-source, international field testing program is designed to determine real-world field disintegration of certified compostable packaging across Canada and the U.S.
Emily McGill and Cary Oshins
BioCycle January 2018

Field Testing Protocol For Compostable Packaging
At the CASP, the bags were laid on the side of a new row and buried as the row was built.

Compostable product disintegration trials conducted in British Columbia help lay groundwork for open source, field testing protocol.
Chantal Strand and Emily McGill
BioCycle September

Quantifying Diversion Impact Of Compostable Packaging
A 3-bin sorting system was used to collect front-of-house materials at Farm Aid, which yielded 22,851 lbs of compostable material. Food scraps comprised 46% of that total; 54% was compostable packaging and uncoated paper.

Waste stream analysis of two events held at a concert venue identified significant quantities of front-of-house compostable material, including a large amount of food.
Charlotte Dreizen
BioCycle August 2017

Keeping Compostables Stream Compostable
Paper straws have replaced plastic (left). Clamshells and cutlery must be certified compostable (middle). Plastic stir sticks, polystyrene lids and plastic-coated cups are prohibited (right).

All to-go food serviceware must be compostable or recyclable in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.
Tim Goncharoff
BioCycle May 2017

Role Of Moisture In Determining Compostable Bag Degradation
Figure 3. Total precipitation results recorded for Maine and Cal Poly during 5-week composting study Figure 4. Ambient temperatures recorded for Maine and Cal Poly during 5-week composting trials

Two simultaneous compostable bag trials were conducted in two different climates utilizing similar feedstocks and composting method.
M.A. King, K.L. Piper, G. MacDonald, S.E. Sherman, H. Francis, C.J. Hopkins and M.S. Clark