Oregon recycling group comes out against degradable plastics
By Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling
The Association of Oregon Recyclers has released a new policy officially opposing the use of degradable additives in plastic products.
The group is specifically concerned about conventional plastics that contain degradable additives, saying they "render any ensuing recycled product, such as a bottle, pipe or carpet, unsellable because the product has reduced quality and shortened service life." AOR echoed the stance of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, which has classified degradable additives as a contaminant. Both groups say degradable additive makers must show conclusively that their products do not cause quality and reliability problems in post-consumer resin.
Additionally, AOR cited concerns that consumers will be more likely to litter plastic items if they think they will degrade, as well as concerns that degradable material in landfills will release methane gas, contributing to global warming.