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Compostable plastics

Compostable plastics

Standard CAN/BNQ 0017-088
Specifications for compostable plastics

What guarantees that "compostable" plastics are truly compostable? To find out, simply turn to standard CAN/BNQ 0017-088 for information about the relevant requirements and markings applicable to products recognized as compostable. CAN/BNQ 0017-088 follows the BNQ’s adoption of international standard ISO 17088, with a few minor modifications to reflect the Québec reality. Its requirements are applied by all manufacturers interested in ensuring that the plastic they produce is compostable and will not detract from compost quality.

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12672ANGCAN/BNQ 0017-088 Specifications for compostable plastics(ISO 17088/2008, MOD)
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0017-0880017-088A:PDFPDFEnglish2010-12-101975 $
0017-0880017-088AR:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseEnglish2010-12-1019225 $
12671FRNCAN/BNQ 0017-088 Spécifications pour les plastiques compostables(ISO 17088/2008, MOD)
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0017-0880017-088:PDFPDFFrench2010-12-101975 $
0017-0880017-088R:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseFrench2010-12-1019225 $

Standards committee members

Number of committee members: 12
Mr. Rasul AbdoullakhiIndustries Polykar
Ms. Susan AntlerLe Conseil canadien du compost
Mr. David BeaumierGroupe CTT (SAGEOS)
Mr. Yves BernardCentre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ)
Mr. Philippe CantinRetail Council of Canada (RCC)
Mr. Aaron CasaertClorox Company of Canada
Mr. Guillaume Devin-DuclosVille de Montréal
Mr. Pierre-Paul DionMinistère de l'Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC)
Mr. Jawad FarhadVille d'Edmonton
Mr. Robert GuimondCascades Sonoco
Mr. Simon LafranceVille de Laval
Mr. Isaul LopezBasf Canada

 

Certification Offer 

Marques de certification - Produits compostablesFor consumers, it can be difficult to distinguish between compostable and non-compostable products, or to tell whether certain products will alter the quality of their compost. With BNQ certification, all doubts are laid to rest. Products certified under the BNQ compostable plastics program meet strict requirements in this regard and have definite value in the minds of consumers. The program is based on four documents, including the BNQ 0017-988 certification protocol.

Certified products must conform to the program’s requirements concerning, in particular, the speed of disintegration and biodegradation, metal content and the absence of negative effects on the ability of the resulting compost to foster plant growth.

Note that the composition of the compostable products covered is not limited to plastics. For example, other products made of natural source materials could be considered compostable if they meet program requirements.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

Download document required for certification

12675ANGBNQ 0017-988 Compostable Products - Certification Protocol
REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: July 2020)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-9880017-988A:PDFPDFEnglish2010-12-1012060 $
0017-9880017-988AR:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseEnglish2010-12-10120180 $
12674FRNBNQ 0017-988 Produits compostables - Protocole de certification
REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: July 2020)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-9880017-988:PDFPDFFrench2010-12-1011960 $
0017-9880017-988R:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseFrench2010-12-10119180 $

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