If plastic is labelled Compostable, it will need to go to a commercial composting facility.
Products, bags and packaging that conform to the Industrial Composting Australian Standard AS 4736–2006 and are verified by the Australasian Bioplastics Association can be endorsed with the ABA Seedling Composting logo.
Australian Standard AS 4736–2006 covers companies and individuals wishing to verify their claims of conformance to Biodegradable Plastics suitable for industrial composting.
As more communities introduce source separation systems for diverting food waste from landfill, having certified compostable products available that are fully biodegradable, in accordance with the requirements of Australian Standards AS4736 and AS5810, in industrial composting will give consumers and organic waste processors such as composters, the assurance that the products will completely biodegrade in efficiently run systems.
The Seedling Composting logo ensures that these products and materials are easily recognised and food waste or organic waste contained in these certified products can be easily separated out and diverted from landfill.
There are around 150 Industrial Composting facilities in Australia. Some councils provide composting facilities through their kerbside waste collections either through green organics and garden waste bin or through dedicated organic recycling service.
For information on Industrial Composting facilities contact local councils or the Australian Organics Recycling Association to find the nearest facility.