End of Life
What happens to a Cereplast bioplastics product once it has been used? There are two desirable end of life options for these items: Composting and Recycling.
Imagine a future where throwing away a plastic spoon in the trash is no longer an option. With Cereplast Compostables® bioplastics, single-use disposables and plastic packaging that otherwise would have been landfilled can be discarded with your leftover lunch at an industrial compost site, and it will all biodegrade together.
Bioplastic products made from Cereplast Compostables® resins are certified 100% compostable, and will biodegrade within 180 days when discarded in an industrial composting facility*, allowing them to return to nature without leaving behind any chemical residue.
Composting creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. The process requires adequate amounts of moisture, oxygen, and microorganisms to break down organic waste. Finished compost can be applied to lawns, gardens, and commercial crops to help condition the soil and replenish nutrients.
*Appropriate composting facilities may not exist in your area. Cereplast products are not home compostable.
Recycling helps to conserve energy, reduce pollution, and decrease waste in landfills. Many Cereplast bioplastic resins are recyclable, but only in communities with appropriate recycling facilities.
Recycling is an important activity that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. It starts with the collection, sorting and processing of recyclable materials, then goes on to the manufacturing of recycled-content products. Purchasing recycled products completes the recycling loop.