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Labelling biodegradable products

Objective




The main objectives of this project is are development of guidelines, testing scheme and predictive models for labelling biodegradability of (agro) industrial polymers in relation to their environmental fate in agriculture and waste treatment.

In order to rearch these objectives, the following specific objectives and tasks are assigned
(a) To obtain better knowledge of available and recently developed so-called "biodegradable" materials, including environmental fate and
characterization methods.

(b) To determine the degree and rate of biodegradation and environmental safety of different biodegradable materials (e.g. starch based, polysters, etc.) using laboratory tests, including test development/improvement if necessary.

(c) To determine the degree and rate of "real-time biodegradation" and environmental safety of different biodegradable materials in practical relevant environments -either agricultural or composting ones.
(d) To determine and model the correlation of biodegration data from standard laboratory tests and "real-time" biodegradation experiments.
(e) To develop predictive models for a fast and economical acceptable pre-evaluation of biodegradability of materials for use in industrial development of new biodegradable products.

(f) To develop guidelines for labelling biodegradability of polymeric materials in relation to their environmental fate in agriculture and waste treatment.
For this project, a multidisciplinary consortium has been created including scientits (agriculture and polymer science), marketing sectors (material development and waste treatment industrles), and legislators (participants of national and European standardization committees concerning packaging and biodegradability) in order to define the market viability of new biodegradable products.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts
Address
361,Rue J.f. Breton 361
34033 Montpellier
France

Participants (7)

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Netherlands
Address
59,Bornsesteeg 59
6700 AA Wageningen
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT L'ENERGIE ET LE DÉCHET - GIE
France
Address
Avenue Dreyfous Ducas 291 - Zone Portuaire De Lima
78520 Limay
Catar - CRITT Agroressources
France
Address
118,Route De Narbonne 118
31077 Toulouse
Dangerous Goods Management B.V.
Netherlands
Address
307,Schipholweg 307
1171 PL Badhoevedorp
GBF - NATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
1,Mascheroder Weg 1
38124 Braunschweig
NOVAMONT SPA
Italy
Address
Via Fauser 8
28100 Novara
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Tietotie 2
02044 Espoo