BASF, BSR complete biodegradable plastic pilot project

BASF, BSR complete biodegradable plastic pilot project

11:53 PM, 15th March 2012
BASF, BSR complete biodegradable plastic pilot project

LUDWIGSHAFEN/BERLIN, GERMANY: BASF and Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), municipal waste management company, have successfully completed a joint pilot project involving the use of organic waste bags made of the biodegradable plastic Ecovio FS. The amount of organic waste collected during the project was very encouraging and increased by about 10 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011. This rise ran counter to the normal seasonal trend, during the same time span, the quantity of organic waste in other districts of Berlin fell by 20 per cent.

Ecovio bags are clean, more hygienic and less complicated. The bags not only prevent odours and keep out insects, but also mean that it is no longer necessary to wash and clean the container in which the organic waste is collected. The bags are predominantly bio-based and meet European standard EN 13432 for compostable plastics.

“For us, it was crucial that the residents accepted the bags, that incorrect disposal decreased, and that organic waste collection was more convenient for the residents. A higher level of acceptance for organic waste collection also contributes to increasing the volumes of separated waste. Starting in 2013, our fermentation plant will produce biogas to power our garbage trucks and the fermentation residues will then be processed into compost,” explained Frieder Soling, Berliner Stadtreinigung.

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