Newfoundland and Labrador’s MMSB to launch composting program in Grand Bank

Posted on March 2, 2012 by DrRossH in BioPlastics

Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine.

This sounds like an interesting trial, but I wonder why they are not taking ‘compostable plastics’?  There is much touted about bioplastics or otherwise called compostable plastics saying they can be discarded to compost facilities and become biodegraded away.   So why wouldn’t this trial include biodegradable plastics?  Perhaps the answer is the consumers can’t readily tell which plastics are compostable and which are not.  Compostable plastics have the recycle number 7 on then along with all the other plastics that do not fit the first 6 grades.   This makes it impossible to tell compostable plastics apart.  Makes you wonder the value in making compostable plastics as yet if there is no way to sort them or dispose of them. 
Or it could be that the compost facilities do not want compostable plastics as the do not compost like promoted?   This appears to be somewhat common too.