Education & Outreach

Biodegradable Plastic: What You Need To Know

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2014

This Mother Nature Network online article provides a brief overview of biodegradable plastics needing to be properly managed and not sent to landfill.

Breaking Down Bioplastics

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2014

Breaking Down Bioplastics: Is the Bioplastic Cup half Full or Half Empyt?

Compostable Plastic Products

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2014

Compostable Plastic Products; Letter addressing Will Bakx's concerns about compostable plastics, and how they negatively impact the compost industry and compost facilities

Certified Compostable Bags in Canada

Webpage, Last Updated Jan 2014

Canadian Plastics Industry Association webpage that explains the benefits of certified compostabe bags and the role of compostable bags in diversion of yard and organic wastes.

Degradable Plastics: A Recycling Coordinator's Guide to Managing New Types of Plastics

PDF, Last Updated Sep 2013

A fact sheet directed toward recycling coordinators that provides answer to questions about plastics with degradable additives, why they don't always degrade, and how to purchase degradable plastic.

Leduc, Canada: Curbside Cart Collection & Recycling Program

PDF, Last Updated Mar 2013

Pages 4 and 5 of this curbside recycling guide from the city of Leduc, Canada discusses recycling organics and using compostable bags.

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.

Compostable Plastics And Environmental Marketing Claims

PDF, Last Updated Oct 2012

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

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.

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

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

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.

Zero Waste Kauai event guide

PDF, Last Updated Jan 2010

This guide is a resource to help event planners hold zero-waste events in Kauai, Hawaii.

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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 Compost Research and Education Foundation (CREF).

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