Biodegradation

A lot of publications on bioplastics and biodegradable products were published last month.

KRO Monitor

It started on 10 February 2020 with a broadcast from KRO Monitor on the Dutch Channel NPO2, entitled “Is compostable plastic the solution to our plastic problem?” In this broadcast, they say traditional plastic fits better in the current waste chain and that degradable bioplastics therefore do not make any sense.

University of Wageningen

Subsequently, on 12 February 2020, a publication was published by the University of Wageningen, entitled “Compostable plastics break down quickly enough in the current Dutch vegetable-, fruit- and gardenwaste processing.” The conclusion of this research is that practical tests have shown that bioplastics packaging complying with EN13432 composts sufficiently quickly.

Dutch Association of Waste Processors

On 17 February 2020, an article from the Dutch Association of Waste Processors was published, entitled “No packaging in the VFG waste, even if they are biodegradable.” The biggest criticism on the the research from the University of Wageningen is that this research was carried out at one VFG installation while every installation is different, and that only a limited range of bioplastics has been tested. In addition, the research says nothing about sustainability gains.

In this article, the Dutch Association of Waste Processors says that compostable bioplastics can only be of added value for a circular economy when more and cleaner
VFG waste is collected through its use, which reduces the amount of residual waste. The yes-or-no list of the National Waste Management Plan (Landelijke Afvalbeheerplan = LAP) is a guideline for what can be thrown in the organic waste container. This list contains plant pots of organic materials.

Conclusion

The Bolayo pot is allowed in the vegetable-, fruit- and gardenwaste because the Association of Waste Processors places plant pots of organic materials on the LAP3 list. By applying the Bolayo pot, the plant, pot and soil can be thrown into the VFG waste container in one go. This promotes collection and facilitates a good separation of the waste for the consumer.

Sources (all inDutch):

Link to broadcast of KRO Monitor

Link to article of the Wageningen University about bioplastics

Link to article from the Dutch Association of Waste Companies

Link to the National Wastehttps://lap3.nl/sectorplannen/sectorplannen/gft/ Management Plan