What happens to plastic-coated paper in compost?
The plastic-coated paper products currently being collected by many composting programs produce both macro- and micro-fragments of non-biodegradable plastic which contaminate the finished compost. Once these plastics are dispersed into the environment, they have not been shown to biodegrade and are suspected of causing detrimental effects to organisms in a variety of ecosystems. We can expect these fragments to persist indefinitely and to be so widely dispersed that it will be impossible to clean them up. Compost collection programs and compost facilities must exclude plastic-coated paper products from their guidelines to prevent future harm.
Compost Collection Program Coordinators, Processors and Haulers: Take the Pledge
Eco-Cycle is asking you to join us by creating guidelines that exclude plastic-containing products from all compost collection programs across the U.S. We believe it’s critical to take action NOW. Collection programs like yours that are at the vanguard of the coming movement to compost municipal organics must set the right example for others to follow. Will you join us?
Join us and take the pledge to keep plastic-coated paper products out of compost guidelines and bins. Click here to view the pledge.
How to Send in Your Pledge:
Other ways to send in your signed pledge:
Print the pledge and mail it to: Attn: Cyndra Dietz, Eco-Cycle, P.O. Box 19006, Boulder CO, 80308
Print the pledge and fax it to: 303-444-6647, Attn: Cyndra Dietz
Companies that Have Taken the Pledge to Keep Plastic-Coated Paper Products Out of Compost Guidelines and Bins
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Concerns around Oxo-biodegradable Products: PDF
Articles from Our Educators
Links to more resources
Compostable Plastics 101: an excellent overview of the terminology and challenges surrounding compostable plastics, from the California Organics Recycling Council
Algalita Marine Research Foundation: the leading organization studying plastic debris in our oceans and its impacts on marine life