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Until systems and people are in sync, a great deal of compostable packaging will end up in landfills, where it can generate greenhouse gases. If compostables mistakenly land in recycling plants—many plant-based plastics resemble their oil-based cousins—they’re considered a contaminant.

ASTM Standardization News: “Standards for Biodegradable Plastics” Opening paragraph from “Standards for Biodegradable Plastics”, ASTM Standardization News, www.astm.org, March/April 2019 issue Read the full article on www.astm.org.

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