Environmentally degradable plastics and waste management
Polimery 2002, No 7/8, 545
The paper gives a general introduction about international effort, exemplified by activities at ICS-UNIDO, in the field of environmentally degradable plastics (EDPs). These activities and projects reveal some major problems that concern both industry and the society. Standardization, availability of renewable and non-renewable resources for production of EDPs, integration of policies and regulations relevant to waste management and EDPs, life cycle approach and Eco-design of product are identified as key issues for EDPs promotion and large scale application. A discussion on strategy toward these issues is presented.
Keywords: bio-degradable polymer/plastic, waste management, composting, enviromnental regulations and standards