UK to develop standards for bioplastic, seeks public input

By Erin Voegele | August 01, 2019

The U.K. government recently opened a public consultation that aims to aid in the development of standards for biodegradable, compostable and biobased plastics. The consultation in open through Oct. 14.

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a notice opening the consultation July 22. “We are seeking evidence to help us develop standards for biodegradable, compostable and biobased plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts,” said the departments in the notice.

The consultation aims to identify gaps and provide expert advice on the overall sustainability of biobased and biodegradable plastic products in comparison to those made from other materials, existing relevant plastic degradation standards of how, or if, they might be promoted without any adverse effects to the environmental and disposal routes, and the design and implementation of standards for biodegradable plastics to ensure that they fully biodegrade in a reasonable time-frame in specified environments. 

The government said it is welcoming views from any interested party. However, it would particularly like to gather input from certain environmental scientists, bioscience or biotechnology practitioners, standards authorities, industry stakeholders, consumers and producers, certification authority experts and others.

Comments can be submitted online, by email or mail through Oct. 14. Additional information is available on the U.K. government website