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Compostable Food Serviceware Quick-Guide

Standards and Practices Working Group of the USCC Compostable Plastics Task Forcs, Michele Riggs and Hillary Near, Co-facilitators

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The compostable food service ware quick guide was designed as a tool (distributed by the USCC) for the composter and hauler community. Its purpose is to help composters/haulers determine if a product is, by standards of science and direct product testing in facilities, compostable. This document also provides information on differences in terminology. This is intended to minimize confusion related to items that may be perceived as compostable (as in “made from plants” or “biodegradable”), and to make composters aware that these items may not meet compostability standards.

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Categories: Backgrounds & Definitions Education & Outreach
Format: PDF
Last Updated: 4/24/2015



This toolkit is designed to help you determine if a compostable plastics program is appropriate for your organization and to guide you in properly managing your compostable plastics.

*Resources outlined in this toolkit are examples from a variety of sources to help facilitate a better understanding of compostable products and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF).

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