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Certified Biodegradable Plastics

Bioresin plastics are growing into a viable alternative to petroleum based plastics...and biodegradable plastics take waste management another step toward sustainable product design and zero waste.

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Renewable Materials bs. Biodegradable

Does Biobased equal Biodegradable? NO!

A product that contains 100% annually renewable raw materials MAY or MAY NOT be biodegradable/compostable. It all depends on the molecular structure of the material itself. You need to ask the supplier if he has tested the products for biodegradability and compostability according to ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868.

Biodegradable Materials for Composting

Close to 20 products have been certified (as of mid-2007) as biodegradable by the US Composting Council and The Biodegradable Products Institute. The stumbling blocks to the widespread conversion from petroleum-based plastics to bio-based plastics are business and consumer demand...and the composting facilities and technologies to handle returning the bioplastics to the soil. You can help. Specify bioresins that are compostable, and encourage your city and county waste management organizations to actively compost their wastes. Bioresins will make that possible!

Biobased Materials

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines a biobased material as a material is an organic material in which carbon is derived from a renewable resource via biological processes. Biobased materials include all plant and animal mass derived from CO2 recently fixed via photosynthesis, per definition of a renewable resource.

The US Department of Agriculture, manufacturers and packagers are trying to increase the usage of biobased products, as a way of reducing North America’s dependence on oil and gas from overseas sources.

US Composting Council

Seal of Testing Assurance Program
California Members:

Check The US Composting Council Webpage for updates

BFI of Northern California

1601 Dixon Landing Rd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
CONTACT:Hilary Gans
TEL.:408-687-1931
E-MAIL:hgans2@msn.com

CCL Organics LLC

1460 Goodyear Rd.
Benicia, CA 94510
CONTACT: David W. Burnley
TEL: 707-751-0466
EMAIL: cclorganics@aol.com

Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc.

1261 N. Wheeler Rd., PO 716
Lamont, CA 93241
CONTACT: Dave Baldwin
TEL: 661-845-4056
FAX: 661-845-9700
EMAIL: dbaldwin@communityrecycling.net

Engel & Gray, Inc.

PO 5020
745 W. Betteravia Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93456-5020
CONTACT:Bob Engel
TEL:805-925-2771
E-MAIL: bob@ENGELandGRAY.com
2 STA products at this location

Grover Environmental

2825 Kiernan Ave.
Modesto, CA 95356
CONTACT:Don Wolf
TEL:209-545-4401
FAX:209-545-4440
E-MAIL:donrwolf@yahoo.com

COMPOST FACILITY
3909 Gafferty Rd.
Vernalis, CA 95363
Facility Phone: 209-833-7990

NAPA Recycling & Waste Services

PO Box 239
Napa, CA 94559
CONTACT:Greg Kelley
TEL:707-256-3500
E-MAIL:greg@naparecycling.com
COMPOST FACILITY:820 Levitin Way
Napa, CA 94558
Facility Phone: 707-256-3500

Norcal Waste Systems, Inc./The Compost Store

235 N. First St.
Dixon, CA 95620
CONTACT: Kim Carrier
TEL: 800-208-2370
FAX: 707-678-5148
EMAIL:kcarrier@norcalwaste.com
Compost Facilities

Feather River Organics

3001 N. Levee Rd.
Marysville, CA 95901
WEBSITE: www.featherriverorganics.com
PRODUCTS: Clean City Compost

Jepson Prairie Organics

6426 Hay Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687
WEBSITE: www.jepsonprairieorganics.com
PRODUCTS: Four Course Compost. Clean City Compost

South Valley Organics

3675 Pacheco Pass Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020
WEBSITE: www.southvalleyorganics.com
PRODUCTS: Four Course Compost. Clean City Compost

San Joaquin Composting, Inc.

1601 Skyway Drive, Suite 205
Bakersfield, CA 93380
CONTACT: Gary Bruggeman
TEL: 661-391-5848
EMAIL:GJBruggeman@mccarthyfarms.com
COMPOST FACILITY:12421 Holloway Road
Lost Hills, CA 93380

Sun-Land Garden Products

90 Pioneer Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
CONTACT:Mike Crawford and Nancy Lee
PHONE:831-724-6500
FAX:831-724-9443
EMAIL:info@sunlandgarden.com
WEBSITE: www.sunlandgarden.com
COMPOST FACILITY:Marina Site
14201 Del Monte Blvd.
Marina, CA
PHONE:831-750-5885

Synagro Composting Company of California, Inc.

10490 Dawson Canyon Road
Corona, CA 92883
CONTACT: Lorrie Loder
PHONE: 951-277-2662
FAX: 951-277-2957
EMAIL: Lloder@synagro.com

Z-Best Products

980 State Hwy. 25
Gilroy, CA 95020
CONTACT: Alex Sharpe
PHONE: 408-846-1574
FAX: 408-846-1573
EMAIL: alex@z-best.com

Certification Labs

Certification Labs

Check the US Composting Council for updated lists of Certification Labs

A&L Western Laboratories, Inc.

1311 Woodland Ave.
Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95351
CONTACT: Robert Butterfield, Laboratory Director
PHONE: (209) 529-4080
EMAIL: Rbutterf@AL-Labs-West.com

Soil and Plant Lab

325 Matthews St.
Santa Clara CA 95050
CONTACT: Richard Madeina
TEL: 901-213-2447
FAX: 901-213-2440
EMAIL: rmedina@etcmemphis.com

Soil Control Lab

42 Hangar Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
CONTACT: Frank Shields
TEL: 831-724-5422
FAX: 831-724-3188
EMAIL: frank@controllabs.com

Biodegradable Products Institute

BPI World

The BPI (www.bpiworld.org) labeling program is open to all materials and products that meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 based on testing in pre-approved, independent laboratories. Products with the BPI symbol are designed to compost quickly, completely and safely, without leaving any plastic residues!

Four categories of products are covered in the BPI biodebradable products certification program. Check the BPI website for updates to the Biodegradable Product List and the Members Directory.

  • Compostable Bags
  • Foodservice
  • Resins
  • Packaging

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