ABA Compostable Industrial AS 4736 - Certified is one of the declarations under the Ekko Score Recycle Standard.
ABA Compostable Industrial AS 4736 - Certified logo clearly identifies and differentiates packaging materials as biodegradable and compostable in an industrial facility. The AS 4736-2006 Standard – Biodegradable plastics—Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment, specifies requirements and procedures to determine the compostability, or anaerobic biodegradation, of plastics by addressing biodegradability, disintegration during biological treatment, effect on the biological treatment process and effect on the quality of the resulting compost.
ABA Compostable Industrial AS 4736 - Certified will become increasingly important as more communities introduce source separation systems for diverting food waste from landfill and these products are sent to an industrial compost plant. These plants provide composting under controlled conditions, i.e. controlled temperatures, humidity, aeration, etc. AS4736 requires for the compostable plastics to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months. That means that 90 percent or more of the plastic material will have been converted to CO2. The remaining share is converted into water and biomass – i.e. valuable compost. Compost is used as a soil improver and can in part also replace mineral fertilisers.You can get more information on this Certification on the Australian Bioplastics Association website.
ABA Compostable Industrial AS 4736 - Certified sits in the COMPOSTABLE - INDUSTRIAL Family under two environmental Standards of Ekko Score: Recycle and Packaging. One set of weighted Ekko Score points are gathered from each Family.
These are the claimable declarations & certifications under the Environmental Standard: Recycle. Please note that different certifications and declarations may be relevant to each category.
Yes, where the impact of the claim is similar. This is how it works.
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EVEN IF A PRODUCT HAS A FORMAL CERTIFICATION, THAT CERTIFICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ENTIRE INTEGRITY OF THE PRODUCT'S MAKE UP.
An example might be a Handmade, Australian, Certified Organic chocolate that contains Palm Oil. Under Ekko Score, this product would claim Certified Organic and would self declare: Zero Waste Production and Australian made, but could not claim the No Palm Oil declaration. This would mean a lower score under the No Exploitation Standard, making the inclusion of Palm Oil clear to potential consumers, without detracting from its other assets.
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