Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association A not-for-profit organisation

Protecting the environment with oxo-biodegradable plastic

Waste Collection

There has to be a collection method for organic waste. Transparent oxo-biodegradable sacks are

currently in common use for this purpose and are much better than wheeled bins or conventional

plastic sacks. Oxo-biodegradable sacks are much better than bins because:

 They are quicker and easier to collect than bins, which require the collectors to walk the distance from vehicle to house four times.

 Can be produced in a wide variety of sizes to suit particular requirements.

 They do not need expensive vehicles with bin-lifting equipment.

 They are easy for householders to store, and can be supplied in rolls.

 They can be sealed when filled, so eliminating smells and flies which usually attend conventional waste bins

 Transparent sacks enable collectors to see the contents.

 They are not as visually-intrusive as bins.  Bins need to be washed.

 Bins are bulky items, which are expensive to purchase, store, and transport.

 The bins themselves, usually made from heavy non-degradable plastic, eventually have to be disposed of.

Waste Minimalisation

As oxo-biodegradable bags are thinner than hydro-biodegradable or paper bags of the same strength,

they produce a much smaller tonnage of plastic waste. Also, as they will totally degrade, they cease

to exist at the end of their programmed life. As noted above, a stack of 1000 new plastic carrier bags

would be around 2 inches high, but a stack of 1000 new paper grocery bags could be around 2 feet


Incineration (click here to find out  more)

Landfill   (click here to find out more)