Bioplastic packaging

Imballaggi in bioplastica

Bioplastic packaging refers to packaging made from polymeric raw materials, whether from bio-based or fossil sources, which is biodegradable and compostable.

At its end of life, bioplastic packaging must guarantee certified organic recyclability in different environments (e.g. composting, anaerobic digestion, soil).

The packaging for which Biorepack is responsible includes packaging and packaging waste made of biodegradable and compostable plastic certified in accordance with UNI EN 13432 and bearing one of the compostability marks (on the individual package or packaging).

The main types of packaging are:

  • Carrier bags
  • Bags for fruit and vegetables or other foods sold loose (fresh food departments)
  •  Plates, glasses and trays
  • Stretch films, IV gamma pouches, trays, nets, sacks
  • Beverage and coffee capsules
  • Bottles, foam trays for ice cream, etc.

The introduction and use of (non-packaging) bags for the separate collection of household food waste has made a significant contribution to municipalities achieving their waste collection targets. Once they have been used multiple times, bioplastic packaging such as carrier bags and fruit and vegetable bags must be reused to collect household food waste. An estimated 72,000 tonnes were placed on the Italian market in 2019, of which 95% was carrier bags and bags for loose foodstuffs.