PE suppliers go after oxo-biodegradable technology in MexicoPosted on August 3, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
“We consider that the use of degrading additives is not a sustainable way of tackling this issue [of waste management], as it has not been proven indisputably that materials containing such [biodegrading] additives really do biodegrade in landfills or can be recycled.
“In other words, degrading additives do not add value to plastic waste, including polyethylene waste,” the letter from Braskem Idesa SAPI, Dow Química Mexicana SA de CV and Pemex Petroquímica stated.
These three companies are correct. Causing a plastic to fragment into 1000’s of little pieces of plastic is something we should not be doing. The use of an oxo additive does just that. It does not address the issue of proper disposal of plastic waste, but makes the problem worse in many aspects.