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Bioplastic Degradability Focus Sheet

Publication number Date Published
23-07-021June 2023
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Author(s) Canming Xiao
Description With the expansion of biobased, biodegradable, and compostable plastics in the market - as well as the different definitions for such products - consumers may be confused about the labels on these materials. In some cases, the confusion leads consumers to wrongly sort these products at their end-of-life. This incorrect sorting can cause problems with traditional plastic recycling, contaminate compost, and result in more products ending up in landfills and incinerators. This focus sheet explains the differences among these materials.
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Keywords biodegradable, compostable, biodegradable plastics, compostable plastics, compost, bioplastics