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Total Corbion PLA Outlines Top End-of-Life Options for Polylactic Acid Bioplastics


has released its whitepaper outlining its position on the preferred end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics. The whitepaper also clarifies where can significantly contribute towards the circular economy.
Information on the Best Disposal Routes for PLA
"While the benefits of bioplastics have been known for a while, there are still questions throughout the supply chain on how best to dispose of them after use. This position paper is intended for all interested parties throughout the value chain in order to inform not only on the best disposal routes for PLA bioplastics, but also to guide how best to design new products for optimal end-of-life solutions", explains François de Bie, senior marketing & supply chain director at Total Corbion PLA.
Efficient waste collection and management are key to the European Commission’s goal of a resource-efficient Europe and its vision to move from the current linear to the envisioned circular economy. The EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) defines a five-step waste hierarchy ranking the treatments of waste based on their ability to conserve resources. The ultimate goal of Total Corbion PLA is to avoid plastics entering the environment and can play a vital and important role in achieving that goal.
Open Invitation for Parties to Close the Loop for PLA Recycling
Compostability is an end-of-life option that should only be used for specific applications and can help to efficiently manage the biggest fraction of the municipal waste stream: bio-waste. Industrially compostable plastics can help to separately collect organic waste, divert larger volumes of bio-waste to organic recycling and reduce conventional plastic contamination in the bio-bin, ultimately reducing microplastics in compost.
In other words: compostable plastics should offer a co-benefit such as increasing the amount of food waste collected to be composted, or reducing the amount of fossil plastics ending up in the food- and garden waste. In Europe, only 16% of the theoretical potential of food waste that is generated is captured. Compostable plastics can play a crucial role in helping to tap into this untapped potential.
The whitepaper also states Total Corbion PLA's position that mechanical and chemical recycling should become viable, economically feasible and commonly used end-of-life solutions for PLA-based products. Prime examples of relevant applications include trays, bottles and drinking cups. Total Corbion PLA uses this paper as a platform to pose the open invitation for parties throughout the recycling value chain to collaborate together to close the loop for PLA recycling.



Publication date: 02/12/2020

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