The Australasian Bioplastics Association Incorporated (ABA) welcomes the recently released National Plastics Plan.

The ABA is extremely pleased to see the release of the plan which gives clear guidance for the way forward in managing Australia’s plastic waste  in complementary and harmonised directions. The ABA particularly welcomes and supports for the Association, its Members, stakeholders and the public in general, the intention to phase out non compostable plastic packaging products containing additive fragmentable technology that do not meet relevant compostable Standards.

This phase out does not affect certified compostable products as erroneously reported in some sections of the media.

Fragmentable,oxo-degradable, oxo-biodegradable, landfill biodegradable or enzyme mediated plastics are all synonyms for similar technologies that culminate in fragmentation of the conventional plastics, normally polyethylene, which result in additional accumulation of microplastics in the environment.

The ABA administers a verification program for certified compostable plastics with the inherent property of biodegradability at end of life. These do not contribute to microplastics.

The ABA is the peak Industry body for the bioplastics industry in Australia and New Zealand. The association aspires to work with all levels of Government, municipal authorities, the organics recycling industry, composters, affiliated industry groups, NGOs, brand owners, plastic converters and public stakeholders to further the understanding, education, branding and appropriate use of bioplastics.

Certified compostable bioplastics are those materials with the inherent property of biodegradability in the presence of microorganisms in end of life scenarios such as commercial or home composting. Certification brings comfort to consumers that these products will perform as required by the respective Australian Standards for either ccommercial composting, AS 4736-2006 or home composting, AS 5810-2010.