Bioplastics often end up being thrown away with conventional plastic waste
In 2019, the EU produced a total of 79.6 million Tonnes of packaging waste.
At 15.4 million Tonnes, the short-lived plastics used in packaging films,
bags and single-use tableware were the second most significant material that was being tossed away,
just behind cardboard in first place.
This is an area where bioplastics offer huge potential.
Technically speaking, compostable plastics should be disposed of in the organic waste bin.
However, with consumers finding it difficult to distinguish between bioplastics and conventional plastics,
bioplastics frequently end up in the general rubbish or plastic recyclables bins.
Because they often interfere with the recycling process of conventional plastic packaging,
this means that biodegradable materials often end up being separated out, and ultimately incinerated.