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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)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-0880017-088A:PAPIERPaperEnglish2010-12-101975 $
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)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-0880017-088:PAPIERPaperFrench2010-12-101975 $
0017-0880017-088:PDFPDFFrench2010-12-101975 $
0017-0880017-088R:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseFrench2010-12-1019225 $

Standards committee members

Number of committee members: 15
Ms. Susan AntlerLe Conseil canadien du compost
Mr. George P. ColganBag To Earth Inc. - Sac au sol
Mr. Mike DimasoBoard of Governors, Exhibition Place
Mr. Minh-Quan DoanDyne-a-Pak
Ms. Krista FriesenCanadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA)
Mr. Joseph P. HruskaHruska & Associates Environment & Management Strategies Group
Mr. Bill HuzarConsumers Council of Canada
Mr. Allen LangdonConseil canadien des distributeurs en alimentation
Mr. Isaul LopezBasf Canada inc.
Mr. Pierre MorencyNova Envirocom
Mr. Rui PauloW. Ralston (Canada) inc.
Mr. Sylvain SavardCentre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ)
Ms. Sophie TailleferRecyc-Québec
Mr. Marco VersariNovamont SPA
Mr. Allan YeeCity of Edmonton


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
UNDER REVISION (planned date for the new edition: Undetermined)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-9880017-988A:PAPIERPaperEnglish2010-12-1012060 $
0017-9880017-988A:PDFPDFEnglish2010-12-1012060 $
0017-9880017-988AR:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseEnglish2010-12-10120180 $
12674FRNBNQ 0017-988 Produits compostables - Protocole de certification
UNDER REVISION (planned date for the new edition: Undetermined)
Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
0017-9880017-988:PAPIERPaperFrench2010-12-1011960 $
0017-9880017-988:PDFPDFFrench2010-12-1011960 $
0017-9880017-988R:PDFNetwork PDF LicenseFrench2010-12-10119180 $

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Jean Couture
Program Leader
Bureau de normalisation du Québec
Tel.: 418-652-2238 / 1-800-386-5114, ext. 2365
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