Pilot project in Baden-Württemberg

Recycling organic waste: biodegradable bags not currently recommended

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Bags made from biodegradable materials for collecting organic household waste have been available on the market for several years. Now researchers in a large-scale pilot study have conducted an extensive investigation into whether these bags fully decompose. In addition, this — the first of its kind — study also took a look into the consumers interest in using biode-gradable bags. The project was coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in collaboration with the University of Bayreuth, the University of Hohenheim and BEM Umweltservice GmbH participating as research partners. The results are in: For numerous reasons, the researchers are not currently recommending the use of biodegradable organic waste bags.