16 May '11, 10am

Compostable Utensils Diverted to Landfill After Slow Breakdown

Compostable Utensils Diverted to Landfill After Slow Breakdown

The picture at the top of this page, from myplasticfreelife.com , shows a supposedly biodegradable fork and spoon after 60 – 90 days in San Francisco’s commercial composting operation. This is less than the allotted time for 60% degradation to occur, but the picture suggests that decomposition has yet to even begin. The point of the picture is, of course, to suggest that compostable items are not rendering as advertised. Utensils are inherently problematic. They are thick and heat resistant (in order to perform the intended task of cutting and shoveling food), they must be designed tough to do the job, and their thickness makes them harder to break down. But what if commercial composting operations are not providing the appropriate environment for a sufficient amount of time – that ASTM standards presumably model - in order for the composting process to work properly?

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/green-utensils-landfi...

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