UK Judge find the case for oxo-biodegradable plastic proven
OPA Member – PRESS RELEASE
UK JUDGE FINDS THE CASE FOR OXO-BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC PROVEN
Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC has today (5th November 2018) warmly welcomed a report by
the distinguished lawyer and former deputy Judge of the High Court in England, Peter Susman QC, which
has declared the scientific case for oxo-biodegradable technologies to be “clear and compelling”.
Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc is the UK’s leading producer of oxo-biodegradable plastic
products, which are now mandatory in twelve countries.
Oxo-biodegradable technology is intended to deal with plastic which escapes into the open environment,
and especially the oceans, from which it cannot realistically be collected, and where it would otherwise
persist for decades as a serious problem for future generations.
Mr Susman examined the processes of abiotic and biotic degradation of plastics, and then looked
specifically at degradation in air and degradation in seawater.
He concluded, in a 15-page-written-opinion, that oxo-biodegradable technology:
• does facilitate the ultimate biodegradation of plastics in air or seawater by bacteria, fungi or algae, within
a reasonable time, so as to cause the plastic to cease to exist as such, far sooner than ordinary plastics,
without causing any toxicity;
• that “the benefit is obvious of reducing future contributions to the scourge
of plastic pollution of land and sea”;
• that oxo-biodegradable technology is compatible with composting
and recycling; and • “the criticism alleging that oxo-biodegradable plastic technology would materially
encourage littering [can only be regarded] as fanciful and unrealistic.”
Commenting on his report, Peter Susman QC said:
“I have been asked imagine that I have been appointed as the sole member of an independent tribunal with
jurisdiction to review, on a balance of probabilities, and in the light of the available scientific evidence, the
effectiveness and utility of Oxo-biodegradable plastic technology in facilitating the speedier final
degradation of certain plastics.
“It is no longer tenable to conclude that there is ‘no firm evidence either way’ whether oxo-biodegradable
plastic technology is effective. 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.”
Michael Laurier, Chief Executive of Symphony Environmental said:
“We are delighted that Peter Susman QC has found the scientific case for Symphony’s d2w
oxobiodegradable technology to be proven.
“This is a pivotal period for Symphony, with growing demand for our products across the world.
“In addition to Mr Susman’s reasoned Opinion, d2w oxo-biodegradable technology is validated in terms of
degradability, biodegradability, and ecotoxicity by reference to existing European and US Standards, and
also conforms with the EU Packaging Waste Directive. It is the only oxo-biodegradable product to have
been awarded an ABNT Eco-label”