The Challenges of Compostable Packaging
Businesses, government entities, and individuals in California and across the country are seeking to conserve resources and reduce the environmental impacts associated with the landfilling of food scraps. To that end, many of them have begun to utilize compostable foodservice packaging – often in conjunction with policies and ordinances mandating their purchase and use. More often than not, the implementation of policies and practices that endorse compostable packaging have not been established in consultation with the commercial compost manufacturers who receive these materials or may have begun with no available composting capacity at all.
Packaging and products made from compostable materials are not welcome at a majority of compost manufacturing facilities, especially those products which are not directly associated with food scrap recovery. While many facilities have continued to receive and process a mix of food scraps and compostable packaging, an increasing number of compost manufacturers are excluding packaging as an acceptable feedstock for their operations: The vast majority of compostable packaging collected is sorted out and landfilled.
Learn about the gap between compostable packaging and compost manufacturers HERE
Visit the California Compost Coalition website HERE for more information about composting.