The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association exists to provide information to encourage greater understanding of oxo-biodegradable plastic technology and the role it can play in protecting the environment for future generations.  Members are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and commercial end-users of oxo-biodegradable plastic.

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association is represented by its Chairman on the D20 (plastics) committee of the ASTM International and its subcommittees.

Plastic is a familiar component of modern living, used in all sorts of packaging and household and commercial applications. Whilst the benefits of low cost, light weight, strength, imperviousness to gas and water, transparency, sealability, and printability are highly regarded, the very strength and durability which makes plastic such a useful and economic material can be a major problem after the useful life of the product. Plastic waste can accumulate in the open  environment for decades.

Science has now found the solution to this problem:  Oxo-biodegradable plastic.

For general information see "The Relevance of Degradable Plastic"

Oxo-biodegradable plastic is conventional polyolefin plastic to which  small amounts of  salts have been added. These are NOT heavy metals. At the end of the useful life to the product these salts catalyse the natural degradation process in the presence of oxygen (i.e. NOT deep in landfill) to cause the molecular breakdown of the polyolefins.  The process continues until it is no longer a plastic, and has become a biodegradable material.   

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OPA Comments on UK Government's response to Parliamentary Committee

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OPA comments on "Lets Bag It" meeting

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Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Evidence

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Supplementary Evidence

OPA questions DEFRA tender on biodegradable plastic bags

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Response to "EuPC Answers to the EU Green Paper on plastic waste in the environment"

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