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FTC Green Guides — Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2013

The Federal Trade Commission created its Green Guides to help marketers ensure that the claims they are making are true and substantiated. The guidance they provide includes: general principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims; how consumers are likely to interpret particular claims and how marketers can substantiate these claims; and how marketers can qualify their claims to avoid deceiving consumers


Minnesota: Compostable Bags Toolkit

Website, Last Updated Jan 2013

This website provides a description of a compostable bags outreach toolkit, including downloadable, editable messages


Compostable Bag Requirements in Twin Cities Metro

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2013

Program-specific background information and sets of FAQs from a Minneapolis-St Paul yard trimmings program. Information on how to determine the difference between compostable bags, where to buy them, and who needs to use them in the city.


Brown is the New Green

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2013

The Cedar Grove Composting facility created their own brand of packaging products that are easily identifiable and compostable at their facility. This is the home page of their packaging website.


Compostable Plastics And Environmental Marketing Claims

PDF, Last Updated Oct 2012

Biocycle's article "Compostable Plastics and Environmental Marketing Claims"


Managing Compostable Bags At Anaerobic Digestion Plants

PDF, Last Updated Sep 2012

September 2012 BioCycle article that analyzes the best practices for treating residential food waste in Italy, as well as processing compostable bags in an AD (anaerobic digestive) system.


Curbside Composting Programs in Boulder County

PDF, Last Updated Aug 2012

This Eco-Cycle residential flyer describes how to tell if a product is compostable, and explains how BPI Certification/ #7 PLA applies to curbside composting.


Criteria for Accepted Compostable or Recyclable Food Service Ware in San Francisco

PDF, Last Updated May 2012

This is a list of accepted items in the City of San Francisco's compost and recycling collection system. The list specifically highlights what types of compostable plastics are accepted (must meet ASTM D6400).


Determining the Amount of Plastic and Compostable Plastic in Compost "Overs"

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2012

A report on a compostable plastics disintegration study and the contamination of compost "overs" from non-degradable plastics.


Acceptable Products for Commercial Compost Collection

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2012

Signage for bins that shows items accepted in commercial pickup, including acceptable compostable plastics


Compostability Testing

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2012

Submission guidelines that tell compostable plastics vendors how to go about having their material tested by Cedar Grove Composting for a fee.


Compostable Plastics: Opportunities and Challenges

Webinar, Last Updated Jul 2011

This US Composting Council webinar from July 2011 explains what compostable plastics are (and are not), where they are being successfully used, and examines some of the key challenges, such as identification and labeling, certification and standards, infrastructure development and consumer education.


New Wave Of Compostable Products Creates Recycling Conundrum

Written Article, Last Updated Jun 2011

New Wave of Compostable Products Creates Recycling Conundrum, Compostable Plastic and alternatives


Compostable Plastics 101

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2011

This white paper presents a basic overview of compostable plastics, including a review of definitions, standards for biodegradability, identification, and challenges consumers face. The paper was sponsored by the California Organics Recycling Council, a technical Committee of the California Resource Recovery Association.


Love Food Not Waste Employee Training Manual

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2011

The Eugene, Oregon Love Food Not Waste Campaign is a commercial food scrap collection program. The training manual is resource for businesses to help them properly set up a collection program and includes recommendations on compostable serviceware and liner bags.


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This toolkit is designed to help you determine if a compostable plastics program is appropriate for your organization and to guide you in properly managing your compostable plastics.

*Resources outlined in this toolkit are examples from a variety of sources to help facilitate a better understanding of compostable products and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF).

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