2nd Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics

2nd Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics

Is compostable, biodegradable plastics the silver bullet to plastic waste?

With the single-use plastics ban, many food packaging companies, supermarkets and retailers have been looking at this option. Is there sufficient infrastructure to collect and effectively deal with these materials in the current waste management systems?

The UK compostable coalition was launched to advance the wider collection & treatment of compostable packaging by collaborating with all relevant stakeholders from end-consumers to local authorities and the waste industry.

Can compostable plastics be the substitution to the hard to recycled flexible, multilayer plastics?

Today, most of the compostable packaging is designed for industrial processes - ideally in-vessel composting. With such an energy-intensive process, what does the LCA data reveal on the environmental impacts of these materials?

The year 2023 was supposed to bring a deposit return scheme, extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and legislation for mandatory separate food waste collections, none of which will happen now until 2025.

It is anticipated that discussion will continue in 2024 on reforms in the new EPR schemes with the industry and reduce the costs of implementation wherever possible.

Let’s have a look at how these regulations will affect the sector!

Key highlights

  • The current position for bio-based & compostable packaging materials
  • Life cycle assessment & cost-benefit analysis of compostable plastics & food waste
  • Compostable flexible film from shell waste - taking it to the next level with applications in biomedical & cosmetics
  • Biodegradable & Home Compostable Seaweed-derived biomaterial that replaces plastic film packaging
  • Scaling up biodegradable plastics technology
  • Strong, natural and fully biodegradable plant-based materials for films, coatings and microencapsulation
  • Overview of the latest results with Carbios Active in flexible & rigid packaging applications to guarantee the performance in composting & methanisation
  • Extraction of biomethane from compost wastes to generate low-cost, sustainable renewable gas

And many more…

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