ASTM D6954 04 PDF

American Standard ASTM D – “Standard Guide for Plastics that Degrade in the Environment by a Combination of Oxidation and Biodegradation”. OXO-biodegradation is biodegradation defined by CEN (the European Standards or iron) and are tested according to ASTM D or BS or AFNOR Accord T to degrade and then biodegrade in the open environment. Find ASTM D related suppliers, manufacturers, products and specifications on GlobalSpec – a trusted source of ASTM D information.

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Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Regarding recycling, it said its members had been successfully recycling oxo-biodegradable plastics for more than ten years, with no adverse reports. One major problem with testing oxo-degradable plastics for safety is that current standards and test methods can’t realistically predict the biodegradability of carrier bags within natural ecosystems. Alternatively some countries could follow Europe’s lead with disastrous consequences, and much of their accumulated plastic waste would eventually find its way to the shores of Europe.

There is no ISO standard that is the equivalent of this standard guide. A wide range of awtm, international and governmental institutions, testing laboratories, trade associations of plastics manufacturers, recyclers and other experts have therefore come to the conclusion that oxo-degradable plastics are not a solution for the environment and adtm oxo-degradable plastic is not suited for long-term use, recycling or composting. Directoraat-generaal Milieu Europese Commissie. It argued many of the organisations aggressively promoted a rival bio-plastic technology, while many of the others whose logos appeared astj the document are themselves producers of the plastic items that get into the open environment as litter.

Disposal environments range from exposure in soil, landfill, and compost in which thermal oxidation may occur and land cover and agricultural use astk which atsm may also occur. On 16 Januarythe European Commission published its report on the use of oxo-degradable plastic.

However, according to a report from the European Commissionthere is no evidence that oxo-degradable plastic will subsequently fully biodegrade in a reasonable time in the open environment, on landfills or in the marine environment [5]. Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. This article’s factual accuracy is disputed. The degree and time for biodegradation should be consistent with D69544 International methods, and any residues from the intermediate oxidation stage and from biodegradation must be shown to be environmentally benign and not persistent Tier 3.

He has declared the scientific case in favour of oxo-biodegradable plastic to be “clear nd compelling”.


In relation to littering, the report found that although it appeared the oxo-degradable plastics industry could create products with minimal toxic impact on flora and faunait had not been conclusively proven that there were no negative effects. A more recent report, Oktoberis in line with the previous aetm. Oxo-degradable plastic, including plastic carrier bagsmay degrade quicker in the open environment than conventional plastic.

These are conventional plastics which undoubtedly create qstm microplastics, and this is why they have been banned for a wide range of products in Saudi Arabia and 11 other countries, where oxo-biodegradable technology for making these products is now mandatory.


ASTM D Australian and EN are standard specifications appropriate only for the special conditions found in industrial composting. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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It is important to distinguish between “oxo-degradable” plastics, which fragment but do not biodegrade, except over a very long time, and “oxo-biodegradable” plastics which degrade and then biodegrade. The intended use of this guide is for comparison and ranking of data to aid in the design and development and the reduction of environmental impacts of polymers that require no more than 24 months to oxidize and biodegrade in the intended use and disposal options and create no harmful or persistent residues under the appropriate disposal conditions for example, two seasons of crop-growing conditions in soil.

According to the report: Please help to ensure that disputed statements are reliably sourced. Marketing oxo-degradables as a solution for plastic waste in the environment may make it more likely items are discarded inappropriately and in marine environments, the fragmentation process made oxo-degradable plastic less likely to be recovered during clean-up exercises.

Standards for Biodegradable Plastics Degradation and biodegradation requirements of plastics vary considerably with intended use including disposal compartments and EPI is working with ASTM and European standards to evaluate oxo-biodegradable claims in various environments such as landfill, soil, litter, commercial and home composting.

Oxo Biodegradable Plastics – Applicable ASTM Standards | EPI Environmental Products Inc.

The evidence for and against oxo-biodegradable plastic was also reviewed in November by Peter Susman QC a deputy judge of the High Court in England who have over 25 years experience of adjudicating cases in the Technology and construction Court branch of the high Court, involving the evaluation of expert evidence. OXO-degradable products do not degrade immediately in an open environment because they are stabilized to give the product a useful service-life, during which they do not break down.


It said the key point was that oxo-biodegradable plastics would breakdown faster than conventional plastics in the same conditions. It has been degraded in real time in seawater at the Banyul laboratory in France. In relation to timescales for biodegradation, the OPA said it was not useful to examine how long it d9654 for particular atsm to breakdown in particular conditions, due to the variability of environmental conditions.

This contributes to climate changebut does nothing for the soil. Degradation and biodegradation requirements of plastics vary considerably with intended use including disposal compartments and EPI is working with ASTM and European standards to evaluate oxo-biodegradable claims in various environments such as landfill, soil, litter, commercial and home composting.

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Not to be confused with Oxo food. Polymer Degradation and Stability.

This article needs additional citations for verification. These are tested in accordance with ASTM D or EN to biodegrade in the conditions found in industrial composting or biogas facilities. By contrast, old-fashioned plastic will take decades to reach this stage, and in the meantime will have adsorbed toxins.

It is not designed to be compostable in open industrial composting facilities according to ASTM D or EN, but it can be satisfactorily composted in an in-vessel process. The Commission focussed on three key issues relating to oxo-degradables: The issue of microplastics is long acknowledged as a global problem in need of urgent action, not just in terms of clean-up of litteringbut also of plastic pollution prevention.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. This does not mean that they will not biodegrade; they just convert the carbon to carbon dioxide in a slightly longer time frame.

The Commission found there was no conclusive evidence that, in the open environment, oxo-degradables fragmented to a sufficiently low molecular weight to enable biodegradation. The conditions should include a range of humidity or water concentrations based on the application and disposal environment in mind. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. There is no need to refer to a Standard Specification unless a specific disposal route e. The prodegradant catalyze the abiotic degradation process so that Oxo-biodegradable plastic will degrade in the presence of oxygen much more quickly than ordinary plastic [2].

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