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"Compostable packings are indeed compostable"Lately compostable packings have been judged rather negatively. Since their first appearance the question has been ask whether these can be collected and processed together with organic waste. The composting and fermenting installations are not too happy about processing these.
In order to learn the particulars of the most recent developments, the Belgian BioPackaging (BBP) have done research in which questions were asked about the processing of compostable packings to all Belgian installations (7 compostable and
4 fermenting installations). It became clear from this that 80% of the installations were mainly positive about this. In addition nobody was really against.
And that the above installations are already far along is clear from the fact that most organic waste processing installations already process compostable collection bags today. The others will start shortly. Experience is positive with most of them.
As far as PLA-beakers are concerned we are only just starting, which nevertheless looks promising. 40% of the installations already have positive experiences. One has to be aware of the cleanness of the collected beakers, but that should not be a problem in the future. In addition to collection bags and PLA-beakers it also became clear that half of the installations have processed other compostable products (PVOH, cellulose, paper etc.) experience, which is all positive so far.
Although the available compostable packings remain limited until now it has been admitted that this is a fast growing market. We may refer to a recent study by Rabobank, which even states that 'Buyers such as foodstuff producers, retailers and consumers should buy more bioplastics and be prepared to pay a higher price.' The installations put a few important opportunities and challenges forward. The most important trump cards of the compostable packings are their source of income and their role as structured material. The main stumbling block remains to maintain the quality of the organic waste and communication in the direction of the citizen will have to play an important role. But this can be quickly organized.
Finally we can state that the near future looks positive for compostable packings. These certified materials are definitely compostable. We only have to take the last step in which processors and suppliers can work well together.
Belgian BioPackaging want to promote compostable biodegradable or renewable products, in which the definition 'compostable' is to be understood in the sense of norm EN 13432. Therefore BBP want to create a network of Belgian and international players, who are active in the field of compostable and biodegradable packings with emphasis on their renewable origin.
BBP represent producers of raw materials, converters, packers and distributors of compostable and biodegradable packings for the Belgian market and also for laboratories and research and development centres within this area.
Publication date: 4/24/2012
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