The American Society for Testing & Materials International (ASTM) Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics has improved how U.S. producers and users determine what makes plastic compostable. ASTM also promises to improve public awareness of these products and chances at international harmonization, all while doing its part to help the environment. The ASTM D6400 certification was created under California Law AB2147 and is now considered a necessity to possess in order to produce and market products as degradable, biodegradable, or compostable.
The ASTM D6400 certification covers plastics and products made from plastics that are designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities. The properties in this specification are those required to determine if plastics and products made from plastics will compost satisfactorily, including biodegrading at a rate comparable to known compostable materials. The purpose of The ASTM D6400 certification is to establish standards for identifying products and materials that will compost satisfactorily in commercial and municipal composting facilities.
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