Compostable Products Go Straight To Landfill

Posted on May 8, 2017 by DrRossH in BioPlastics

In Marin, Many Compostable Materials Go Straight to Landfill Despite proliferation of biodegradable foodware, those products aren’t being composted at the two waste management facilities in Marin. …

Source: Compostable Products Go Straight To Landfill

But when Greenwood environmental science teacher Julie Hanft told the students that so-called bio-plastics weren’t being composted in Marin, Greenwood’s 7th and 8th graders, who handle the school’s trash as part of their after-school chores, were stunned.

“All of the stuff from Choicelunch was going to the trash,” Spositto said. “We were very surprised that a system didn’t exist for the packaging to be composted like it was supposed to be.”

So was Greenwood School Director Debra Lambrecht.

“We were very, very surprised,” Lambrecht said. “And the fact that the children were shocked and appalled? We thought, ‘Well right on.’”

Without separate infrastructure to handle compostable plastics separately, compostable plastics are being sent to go to a landfill where they are not going to biodegrade.