ASTM D6954 04 PDF

American Standard ASTM D – “Standard Guide for Plastics that Degrade in the Environment by a Combination of Oxidation and Biodegradation”. OXO-biodegradation is biodegradation defined by CEN (the European Standards or iron) and are tested according to ASTM D or BS or AFNOR Accord T to degrade and then biodegrade in the open environment. Find ASTM D related suppliers, manufacturers, products and specifications on GlobalSpec – a trusted source of ASTM D information.

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For determining biodegradation rates under composting conditions, Specification D is to be used, including test methods and conditions as specified. OXO 40 are designed so that they will not degrade deep in landfill and they will not therefore generate methane a powerful greenhouse gas in anaerobic conditions.

The standards for industrial composting EN and ASTM D require the material to convert to CO2 gas within days, because industrial composting has a short timescale d954 is not the same as degradation in the open environment. Degradation and biodegradation requirements of plastics vary considerably d654 intended use including disposal compartments and EPI is working with ASTM aztm European standards to evaluate c6954 claims in various environments such as landfill, soil, litter, commercial and home composting.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. The paper’s conclusions were rejected by Professor Ignacy Jacubowicz, who said the degradation process was not merely a fragmentation, but a change from a high molecular weight polymer to a material that can be bio-assimilated.

A more recent report, Oktoberis in line with the previous one. This article may require copy editing for not conforming to Wikipedia style.

This does not mean that they will not biodegrade; they just convert the carbon to carbon dioxide in a slightly longer time frame. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external links astmm, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. With regard to definition 2 above, an oxo-biodegredable polyolefin plastic file e. The first process of degradation in OXO-treated plastic is an oxidative chain scission that is catalyzed by metal salts leading to oxygenated hydroxylated and carboxylated shorter-chain molecules.


Polymer Degradation and Stability. The material has then been converted into small-chain organic chemicals, such 044 ketonesalcoholscarboxylic acidsand low molecular mass hydrocarbon waxes. This article’s factual accuracy is disputed. These are tested in accordance with ASTM D or EN to biodegrade in the conditions found in industrial composting or biogas facilities.

OXO-biodegradation – Wikipedia

On 16 Januarythe European Commission published its report on the use of oxo-degradable plastic. The issue of microplastics is long acknowledged as a global problem in need of urgent action, not just in terms of clean-up of litteringbut also of plastic pollution prevention. Standards for Biodegradable Plastics Degradation and biodegradation requirements of plastics vary considerably with intended use including disposal compartments and EPI is working with ASTM and European standards to evaluate oxo-biodegradable claims in various environments such as landfill, soil, litter, commercial and home composting.

The remaining chemicals are no longer plastic [ citation needed ] v6954 are biodegradable by bacteria[ citation needed ] which are ubiquitous in the terrestrial and marine environments. According to the report: The intended use of this guide is for comparison and ranking of data to aid in the design and development and the reduction of environmental impacts 044 polymers that require no more than 24 months to oxidize and biodegrade in the intended use and disposal options and create no harmful or persistent residues under the appropriate disposal conditions for example, two seasons of crop-growing conditions in soil.

There is no need to refer to a Standard Specification unless a specific disposal route e. By using this site, you agree to the Terms ast Use and Privacy Policy.

CS1 Dutch-language sources nl Wikipedia articles needing copy edit from October All articles needing copy edit Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Accuracy disputes from August All accuracy disputes Articles lacking in-text citations from October All articles lacking in-text citations Articles with multiple maintenance issues All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Articles with unsourced statements from December CS1 maint: Vegetable based plastics also loosely known as bio-plastics ” bioplastics ” or ” compostable plastics “.


For applications in soils, local temperatures and humidity ranges must be considered as they vary widely with geography. Asttm Learn how and when to remove this template message. The correct description is “OXO-biodegradable”.


He has declared the scientific case in favour of oxo-biodegradable plastic to be “clear nd compelling”. You cannot therefore make them into compost—only into CO2 gas.

D69954 products utilize a catalyst to speed up the fragmentation. It must also be established that the polymer does not undergo a phase change, such as glass transition temperature Tg within the temperature range of testing.

Oxo-biodegradable plastics are not banned in California but they cannot be described as such in that state. There is no ISO standard that is the equivalent of this standard guide.

Degradation is a process that takes place in almost all materials. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. Alternatively some countries could follow Europe’s lead with disastrous consequences, and much of their accumulated plastic waste would eventually find its way to the shores of Europe.

The conditions should include a range of humidity or water concentrations based on the application and disposal environment in mind. He concluded, in a page written opinion [9]that “It is no longer tenable to conclude that there is ‘no firm evidence either way’ whether oxo-biodegradable is effective.

This is not likely to happen any time soon. OXO-biodegradable plastic conforms to the American Standard ASTM D and a British Standard BSwhich specify procedures to test degradability, biodegradability, and non-toxicity, and with which a properly designed and manufactured OXO product has to comply with these standards. It said there was a considerable risk that fragmented plastics would not fully biodegrade, leading to a subsequent risk of an accelerated and accumulating amount of microplasticsespecially in the marine environment.

It is not designed to be compostable in open industrial composting facilities according to ASTM D or EN, but it can be satisfactorily composted in an in-vessel process.