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AS 4736-2006


Biodegradable plastics — Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment

This Standard 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. This Standard provides a basis to allow labelling of materials or products made from plastics as ‘compostable’, for use in such facilities as municipal or industrial composters. This Standard applies to the processing of plastics in controlled waste treatment plants.
Published: 08/11/2006
Pages: 12
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1 Scope
2 Referenced documents∗
3 Definitions
4 General requirements and considerations
4.1 Equivalent form
4.2 Different components
4.3 Conditions prior to entering a biological treatment process
5 Assessment
5.1 Designation
5.2 Assessment
5.3 Characterization
5.3.1 General
5.3.2 Criteria
5.4 Biodegradability
5.4.1 General
5.4.2 Aerobic biodegradability Criteria Test method
5.4.3 Anaerobic biodegradation Criterion Test method
5.5 Disintegration
5.5.1 General
5.5.2 Criteria
5.5.3 Aerobic composting Test method
5.6 Compost quality
5.6.1 General
5.6.2 Negative effect Criteria Test method Report
5.6.3 Eco-toxicity General Criteria Test method General Reference substrate Preparation of samples Selection of plant species Procedure Report
5.7 Recognizability
6 Recording of assessment outcome
6.1 Check list
6.2 Supporting documentation
7 Organization of a test scheme
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Amendment control sheet
Cited references in this standard
ASTM E1676
Standard guide for conducting laboratory soil toxicity or bioaccumulation tests with the Lumbricid Earthworm Eisenia fetida and the Enchytraeid Potworm Enchytraeus albidus
EN 13432
Packaging—Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation—Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging
Plastics — Determination of the ultimate anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in an aqueous system — Method by measurement of biogas production
Plastics — Determination of the degree of disintegration of plastic materials under defined composting conditions in a pilot-scale test
Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials in an aqueous medium — Method by measuring the oxygen demand in a closed respirometer
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