Biodegradable materials and composting

5 Mar

“Biodegradable”  or  “photodegradable” mean that the materials will break down and return to nature within a reasonably short time after customary disposal.

Composting turns degradable materials into useable compost-humus-like material that enriches the soil and returns nutrients to the earth. “Compostable” claims would be appropriate on products or packages that will break down, or become part of usable compost (for example, soil-conditioning material or mulch), in a safe and timely manner in home compost piles. For composting, a “timely manner” is approximately the same time that it takes organic compounds, like leaves, grass, and food stuff, to compost.

biodegradable cups, biodegradable plates, biodegradable clamshells, biodegradable take-out containers

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