Biome Bioplastics welcomes Europe’s new bioplastic legislation
Biome Bioplastics welcomes Europe’s new bioplastic legislation

Biome Bioplastics welcomes Europe’s new bioplastic legislation

Bioplastics

UK must now recognise bioplastics as vital for reducing waste

Our client Biome Bioplastics has welcomed the European Union’s decision to change legislation to recognise the role that bioplastics can play in reducing waste and achieving recycling goals.

The EU has revised its legislation to acknowledge bio-based feedstock for plastic packaging – as well as compostable plastics for separate bio-waste collection – contribute to more efficient waste management and help to reduce the impacts of plastic packaging on the environment.

Biome Bioplastics CEO Paul Mines has called on the UK Government to also acknowledge the vital role that bioplastics can play in tackling Britain’s plastic waste problem, particularly for consumer single-use packaging.

The EU’s revised Waste Framework Directive now allows biodegradable and compostable packaging to be collected together with bio-waste and recycled in industrial composting and anaerobic digestion, which has already successfully been implemented in European several member states. By 2023, separate collection of bio-waste is set to be mandatory throughout Europe.

The Packaging Waste Directive now acknowledges bio-based plastics help minimise the environmental impacts of plastic packaging and reduce Europe’s dependence on imported raw materials. Furthermore, the agreed text makes a clear distinction between biodegradable compostable plastics and so-called oxo-degradable plastics, which will not be considered biodegradable.

Biome Bioplastics CEO Paul Mines said:

“We welcome the European Union’s decision to change its legislation to recognise the vital role that bioplastics can play in reducing overall consumer waste and to ensure recycling targets are met.”

“Households are rightly concerned by consumer waste and they are welcoming moves to ensure less waste and greater recycling, especially after witnessing the scale of the problem worldwide through awareness-raising programs such as David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series.

“It’s now time for the UK Government to follow Europe’s lead in tackling the plastic waste problem by acknowledging how bioplastic materials can replace petroleum-based plastics, given bioplastics can be recycled and composted without the carbon footprint and with less material impact on the environment.

“Britain has a vibrant industrial biotechnology sector but further government support, particularly in collaborative research, can accelerate the industry on the global stage. It is also vital to ensure that regulation will support and not hinder smart technological solutions.”

For the last five years, Biome Bioplastics has developed a range of biopolymers, many for single-use packaging that are based on natural and renewable resources including plant starches and tree by-products such as cellulose.