By composting food scraps and compostables, food service operators have the opportunity to reduce the landfill waste they generate by as much as 50%. Not only that, recovering usable organics for composting helps create a highly valuable soil amendment that has endless benefits to the environment. By connecting food service operations with the compost facilities, the supply chain and solid waste systems can work more successfully to ensure that only the proper products enter the compost streams. In addition, compost facilities can provide a feedback loop to foodservice operators to help enhance product procurement practices, as well as educate food service operators on common contaminants.
Why Field Testing?
ASTM D6400 and D6868, along with certifications from BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) and Vincotte (EN13432) are important to ensuring synthetic compostable materials will convert successfully to biomass and ensure the materials are not harmful to the soil. Yet, variations in compost technologies, the media used to test disintegration of products, and the duration of active composting cycles have created gaps between lab and field standards.
Differences Between Laboratory Tests and Field Tests