ABA members can access and keep up to date with the latest in bioplastics developments, testing protocols, standards, certification schemes and product developments.
The Australasian Bioplastics Association represents Members in promotion and advocacy for Member’s products, throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The Association administers a voluntary scheme for verification of products for members and non-members for compliance to the Australian Standards:
- AS 4736-2006 ‘Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment’
- AS 5810-2010 ‘Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting’
The “looped seedling logo*” and the “home compostable logo” are a guarantee that the product or material is certified compostable when accompanied by the correct licence number.
This verification scheme is open to Members and non-Members alike. Stakeholders are encouraged to join and share in a unique range of benefits and business opportunities. Successful applications result in the applicant being issued with a Certificate of Conformance to the appropriate Australian Standard.
The voluntary verification scheme has been running successfully for a number of years and is increasingly being recognised by industry and community stakeholders. The compost industry and various retailers are also looking for readily identifiable ways of telling certified compostable plastics from products that cannot support and therefore should not make claims relating to compostability or biodegradability.
*The use of the seedling logo is provided under licence from the European Bioplastics Association (EuBP). Further details on European Bioplastics can be found here – European Bioplastics.
Code of Conduct / Rules of Association
Members of the Association are bound by a Code of Conduct and the Rules of Association as agreed to when admitted.
The ABA meets quarterly with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November of each year. The Quarterly Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the first month of each quarter. Members are encouraged to attend and hear first-hand what is developing in this exciting marketplace.
By being part of the Australasian Bioplastics Association members gain numerous benefits including:
Members can submit their news for Industry via the ABA website.
- Business Inquiries
Inbound inquiries and leads sent through the ABA website are forwarded on to Members.
- Events and trade fairs
The ABA gets involved with a number of industry conferences as well as joint exhibitions at trade fairs. Forthcoming events and seminars are listed on the website – feel free to send though updates that you think would be useful for your fellow Members.
Members can make a contribution through voluntary commitment to the PR Committee and Technical Committee
- External promotion
Supporter and Company Members can use the Association logo on their website to show their involvement in Industry development.