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Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil.
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WHAT IS COMPOSTABLE?
All living creatures consume resources and generate waste. In a well-balanced ecosystem, one creature’s waste is another creature’s resource. Within the Earth’s natural cycles, waste that is bio-based and compostable is a healthy, renewable nutrient to new life. Petroleum-based waste is not. In seeking to make purchases that respect the Earth, consumers must understand the different meanings of the terms “compostable,” “biodegradable,” and “bio-based.”
Today, the terms biodegradation, biodegradable materials, compostability etc. are very common, but frequently misused. Consequently, this is a source of misunderstanding. The European Standard EN 13432 “Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation – Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging”, resolves this problem by defining the characteristics that a material must have, in order to be defined as “compostable”, namely that it can be recycled through organic recovery (composting and anaerobic digestion). This standard applies to plastic packaging and lignocellulosic materials. The standard excludes plastic materials not used as packaging, such as plastics used in agriculture or bags for waste collection, which are covered by Standard UNI EN 14995. From a technical perspective it is identical to UNI EN 13432, but it can cover a wider range of applications other than packaging. The technical content of the two standards is identical, meaning that any plastic material that complies with UNI EN 13432 also complies with UNI EN 14995, and vice versa. These standards are the most important technical references for manufacturers of materials, public authorities, composters, certifying bodies and consumers.
Under a managed composting program, the product must 1) break down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate similar to paper, 2) disintegrate into small pieces within 90 days, so that the original product is not visually distinguishable in the compost, and 3) leave no toxic residue. 1
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