Symphony Environmental defends biodegradable plastics in recycling stream – MexicoPosted on September 18, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
There are a number of reports and comments by experienced independent industry people that say oxo degradable plastics are not compatible with main stream recycling. They are modified plastics that cause plastics to fragment into smaller plastic bits. This is probably not what most recycled plastics manufacturers want to happen to their items. You would not want to take a plastic bag with oxo additive in it and make a bottle from it. The only sensible way to deal with a oxo degradable plastic is to incinerate it for its energy. Then if it is going to be incinerated then why bother to put the oxo additive in it in the first place.
Oxo degradable plastics fragment into small bite size pieces of plastic that wildlife can readily eat. These bits are a lot more mobile in the environment and will get into our oceans faster. This is has to be prevented as our toll on wildlife deaths by plastic is far to high as it is.