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European Bioplastics welcomes French framework agreement on compostable waste bags

December 25/2009
December, 25 ( -- European Bioplastics, the association of the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the recently signed framework agreement supporting compostable bio-based plastic waste bags in France. The new agreement intends to develop the availability of compostable bio-based plastic waste bags in mass retailing in order to promote the selective collection of compostable waste.

European Bioplastics regards this new initiative as a significant contribution to environmentally sound waste management. "The use of certified compostable bioplastic waste bags supports the organic recovery of biodegradable waste", says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics. "The French agreement can therefore be seen as a role model for other European Countries.", he adds.

The covenant was signed by the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the French Mayors Association (AMF), the Federation of Commerce and Distribution in France (FCD), the French Bioplastics Association (Club Bio-plastiques), the Association of Plastics Manufacturers (Plastics Europe) and the French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association (ELIPSO). It ties-in with both the Agricultural Orientation law of 5 January 2006 aimed at enhancing the production of compostable products from renewable resources, and with the directions set in the Grenelle 1 law, seeking to support organic recovery by composting.

European Bioplastics supports the certification of compostability of plastics according to standards on biodegradability or compostability, such as ISO 17088, EN 13432 or other similar standards. It owns the seedling logo which is awarded only to those products complying to these rigorous standards.

European Bioplastics is the European association representing the interests of the industry along the complete bioplastics" value chain. Its members produce, refine and distribute bioplastics, plastics that are either biobased, compostable, or both. Today, around 75 companies are members of European Bioplastics.


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