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Plastics and Polymers Composting

ASTM International’s Committee on Plastics (D20) is updating a widely used standard that helps identify and test products that use compostable coatings and films on paper and other substrates (D6868, Specification for Labeling of End Items That Incorporate Plastics and Polymers as Coatings or Additives with Paper and Other Substrates Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities). 

Third-party certifiers and laboratories use this standard to help manufacturers make verifiable claims about their products. 

This includes the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), where ASTM member Rhodes Yepsen serves as executive director.  “Thousands of products have been successfully tested and certified as compostable according to ASTM D6868 by BPI,” he says.  “As more and more businesses and municipalities collect food scraps for composting, this is a critical standard for determining whether the products included with the food are truly compostable.”

The standard will also help regulators and others who specify compostable products. 

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ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics Next Meeting: Nov. 13-16, 2016, November Committee Week, Orlando, Florida.
Technical Contact: Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute, tel +1.888.274.5646  
ASTM Staff Contact: Alyson Fick, tel +1.610.832.9710;   

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