The project aims to create new knowledge on degradability and potential for unintentional spread and accumulation in the environment of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials, which are currently used or likely to see increased use in Norway.
Further, it aims to determine the extent to which the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics challenges sustainability considerations, when interference with recycling of conventional plastics, littering and spread of non-degraded residues, consumer behaviour, materials and resource use, are considered for the society at large.
Three main research areas will be developed during the project, the first on degradation of biodegradable mulch films in soils under Nordic conditions, the second on fate of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials in waste streams, and the third providing a life-cycle perspective on biodegradable plastic materials in both agriculture and waste streams. Project owner an coordinating research manager: NIBIO (Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi). Other partners: NORSUS, Grønt Punkt Norge, SIMAS IKS, Norsk Landbruksrådgivning og Landfiks.
Website for the project here.