ASTM D6954 04 PDF

American Standard ASTM D – “Standard Guide for Plastics that Degrade in the Environment by a Combination of Oxidation and Biodegradation”. OXO-biodegradation is biodegradation defined by CEN (the European Standards or iron) and are tested according to ASTM D or BS or AFNOR Accord T to degrade and then biodegrade in the open environment. Find ASTM D related suppliers, manufacturers, products and specifications on GlobalSpec – a trusted source of ASTM D information.

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Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. Explicit use of et al. Regarding recycling, it said its members had been successfully recycling oxo-biodegradable plastics for more than ten years, with no adverse reports. A wide range of scientists, international and governmental institutions, testing laboratories, trade associations of plastics manufacturers, recyclers and other experts have therefore come to the conclusion that oxo-degradable plastics are not a solution for the environment and that oxo-degradable plastic is not suited for long-term use, recycling or composting.

However the report from Peter Susman is criticized by others [10]. However, according to a report from the European Commissionthere is no evidence that oxo-degradable plastic f6954 subsequently fully biodegrade in a reasonable time in the open environment, on landfills or in the marine environment [5]. According to the report: In relation to timescales for biodegradation, the OPA said it was not useful to examine how long it took for particular specimens to breakdown in particular conditions, due to the variability of sstm conditions.

There was no conclusive evidence about the time needed for oxo-degradable plastics to asstm in marine environments, nor about the degree of fragmentation. The Commission found there was no conclusive evidence that, asgm the open environment, oxo-degradables fragmented to a sufficiently low asmt weight to enable biodegradation.

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This does not mean that they will not biodegrade; they just convert the carbon to carbon dioxide in a slightly longer time frame. These are conventional plastics which undoubtedly create persistent microplastics, and this is why they have been banned for a wide range of d6945 in Saudi Arabia and 11 other countries, where oxo-biodegradable technology for making these products is now mandatory.


OXO-degradable products do not degrade immediately in an open environment because they are stabilized to give the product a useful service-life, during which they do not break down. For determining biodegradation rates under composting conditions, Specification D is to be used, including test dd6954 and conditions as specified.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In relation to littering, the report found that although it appeared the oxo-degradable plastics industry could create products with minimal toxic impact on flora and faunait had not been conclusively proven that there were no negative effects.

This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat ASTM D Australian and EN are standard specifications appropriate only for the special conditions found in industrial composting.

Directoraat-generaal Milieu Europese Commissie.

Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. According to the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association oxo-biodegradable technology is the only way to prevent the accumulation of plastic waste in the environment, and if oxo-biodegradable technology were severely restricted in the EU there would be unintended consequences.

October D6594 how and when to remove this template message. It criticised the Commission’s use of external reports, including that of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the findings of which it previously disputed. There is a considerable risk that fragmented plastics will not fully biodegrade and a subsequent risk of an accelerated and asmt amount of microplastics in the environment, especially the marine environment.

Many naturally occurring materials, all biodegradable, do not convert in the time frames established by ASTM D and ENwhich are explained in the Position Statement. You can assist by editing it. OXO-biodegradable plastic conforms to the American Standard ASTM D and a British Standard BSwhich specify procedures to test degradability, biodegradability, and non-toxicity, and with which a properly designed and manufactured OXO product has to comply with these standards.

A more recent report, Oktoberis in line with the previous one.

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The issue of microplastics is long acknowledged as a global problem in need of urgent action, not just in terms of clean-up of litteringbut also of plastic pollution prevention. It said there was a considerable risk that fragmented plastics would not fully biodegrade, leading to a subsequent risk of an accelerated and accumulating amount of microplasticsespecially in the marine environment.


The correct description is “OXO-biodegradable”. Oxo-degradable plastic, including plastic carrier bagsmay degrade quicker in the open environment than conventional plastic. The measured rate of degradation at typical oxidation temperatures is required to compare and rank the polymers being evaluated in that chosen application to reach a molecular weight that constitutes a demonstrable biodegradable residue using ASTM International biometer tests for CO 2 evolution appropriate to the chosen environment.

Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. Most people would support those measures, but plastic will still escape into the open environment in unacceptable quantities until such time as plastic waste has been eliminated. He concluded, in a page written opinion [9]that “It is no longer tenable to conclude that there is ‘no firm evidence either way’ whether oxo-biodegradable is effective.

It must also be established that the polymer does not undergo a phase change, such as glass transition temperature Tg within the temperature range of testing. I consider that recent research provides clear and compelling evidence that oxo-biodegradable plastic is indeed effective in facilitating very significantly speedier degradation than is the case when that technology is not used.

Oxo-biodegradable plastics are not banned in California but they cannot be described as such in that state. This article has multiple issues.


It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. It said the key point was that oxo-biodegradable plastics would breakdown faster than conventional plastics in the same conditions. Views Read Edit View history.

The intended use of this guide is for comparison and ranking of data to aid in the design and development and the reduction of environmental impacts of polymers that require no more than 24 months to oxidize aastm biodegrade in the intended use and disposal options and create no harmful or persistent residues under the appropriate disposal conditions for example, two seasons of crop-growing conditions in soil.