WasteMINZ Organic Materials Sector Group has a number of projects which are looking into compostable packaging and how it can be processed in New Zealand.
Standards for compostable film
In 2015 a New Zealand standard for compostable film (AS 4736) was agreed upon and any council looking at setting up a kerbside organics collection and permitting compostable bin liners has agreed to use that standard. Learn more here.
Standards for compostable packaging and food service ware.
To date there is no agreed New Zealand standard for compostable packaging and food service ware. In the absence of a New Zealand composting standard there are several overseas standards that are recognised in Aotearoa:
Commercial Composting Standards and Verifying Organisations:
Home Composting Standards and Verifying Organisations:
To determine if a product genuinely meets a standard you can check the following databases. If the product is certified compostable, it should be listed in the relevant database.
ASTM D 6400 and En13432 https://www.bpiworld.org/CertifiedCompostable
If you have any questions about these standards, please contact [email protected]
The Packaging Forum has established an independent technical working group (Compostable Packaging Standard Adoption Working Group (CPSA-WG)) comprising composters, manufacturers, waste industry, central and local government and research institutions to assess existing international composting standards and determine whether a separate New Zealand standard is necessary.
If you have any questions about this project, please email [email protected]
Advertising of Compostable Products
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment published an online resource in July 2018 on “Biodegradable and compostable plastics in the environment”, as the result of a small enquiry into claims being made about these plastics as “the array of environmental claims being made about plastic packaging might easily lead to misunderstandings.” Click here to view.
In June 2018 WasteMINZ convened an Advertising of Compostable Products Working Group (ACPWG). The ACPWG is made up of council and industry representatives and scientists and aims to:
To date the group has:
If you have any questions about the advertising of compostable products, please email [email protected]
Facilities that accept compostable packaging
Currently, there is no published up to date list of facilities which accept compostable packaging. However, the number of commercial composting facilities who accept compostable packaging in New Zealand is fewer than 10 and they differ widely in terms of what types of packaging they can process. WasteMINZ is working with these facilities to create a centralised list which will be kept regularly updated of which facilities can accept which types of packaging.
To be put on the mailing list to receive the list once it becomes available please email [email protected]
WasteMINZ is also working with facilities who wish to trial taking compostable packaging.
If your facility is interested in trialling compostable packaging please contact [email protected]