US position on use of degradable additives in plastic packaging

29 August 2017

The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has passed a series of changes to its policy positions, as well as a new policy on degradable additives in plastics packaging. The new policy is a result of the confusion over the use of terms “bio-degradable,” “oxo-degradable,” or “photo degradable” to describe plastics containing degradable additives, when in fact, evidence does not support their use meets common definitions of these terms.
Plastics that contain degradable additives can harm plastic recycling as these additives may be mixed unknowingly with non-degradable plastic and cause the resulting feedstock to be significantly compromised (News Item ISRI, 12 July 2017).
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