Environmental Project No 2125, 2020

Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics in Denmark

Market, Applications, Waste Management and Implications in the Open Environment


There is currently considerable interest in bioplastics from consumers and industry and business, but there is still great uncertainty about the subject and several misconceptions exist.
As such, there is a need to build knowledge of bio-based and biodegradable plastics as an alternative to conventional fossil-based plastics.

This report includes a literature review of biodegradable plastics and how they behave under different conditions, outline of ongoing studies, description of current standards and regulations, and recommendations for possible future standards and regulations for Denmark.
Furthermore, a description and analysis of the national and global levels of feedstock and material along with current and future applications of bio-based and biodegradable plastics are estimated,
Finally, an analysis of scenarios for waste products of bio-based and biodegradable plastics, including options for recycling, composting and other biological treatment in relation to Danish conditions are included.

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