17 Jul '11, 12am

Recycling Mystery: What exactly do you do with bioplastic?

Recycling Mystery: What exactly do you do with bioplastic?

"Compostable" typically implies that a product should be composted in an industrial facility, not at home. Photo: Flickr/Shira Golding Bio-based, or plant-derivative plastics, in theory seem like the best idea since sliced bread. Bioplastics are used to create (and replace) products typically made from natural gas or petroleum. They are biopolymers, derived from renewable biomass sources such as corn starch or vegetable oil. Polyactic acid (PLA) is one form of bioplastic, produced from glucose. But while bioplastics seem like a great idea, in theory, the most important thing to understand is what to do with them once you’ve finished your to-go soda. Are bioplastics recyclable? Recycling plastics 1-6 is usually pretty straightforward, as each category correlates with a specific resin. But plastic #7 is literally the “catch-all” category. Dubbed as “Other,” plastic #7 includ...

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