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Compostable plastics


The BNQ wishes to inform you that two new certification programs will be implemented as the result of the halt in the process of adopting the international standard ISO 17088: 2021.

Both these programs, which will be available summer 2024, will be based on the requirements of two ISO standards: ISO 17088: 2021 and ISO 18606: 2013 and will enable guidance not only for plastics or products made from plastics, but also for other products (cardboard, packaging, etc.) that can be certified as compostable (defined within the scope of each standard).

To help certified companies to conform to the requirements of these new certification programs, the BNQ will provide a transition period at the end of which the standard CAN/BNQ 0017-088/2010 will be withdrawn.

You are invited to contact us if you have any questions on the subject.


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.

  • Download standard
    12672 ANG CAN/BNQ 0017-088 Specifications for compostable plastics
    Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
    0017-088 0017-088A:PDF PDF Anglais 2010-12-10 1 9 175 $
    12671 FRN CAN/BNQ 0017-088 Spécifications pour les plastiques compostables
    Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
    0017-088 0017-088:PDF PDF Français 2010-12-10 1 9 175 $

  • Standards committee members
    Number of committee members : 16
    Mr. Rasul AbdoullakhiIndustries Polykar
    Ms. Susan AntlerConseil canadien du compost (CCC)
    Mr. Stéphane BretonInvestissement Québec - CRIQ
    Mr. Ludovic CaptChemistry Industry Association of Canada, Plastics Division
    Mr. Guillaume Devin-DuclosVille de Montréal
    Mr. Pierre-Paul DionMinistère de l'Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC)
    Ms. Patricia GouletRECYC-QUÉBEC
    Mr. Ahmad IbrahimGroupe CTT
    Mr. Mike KopanskyMiller Waste Systems
    Mr. Prad M. LadECO II MFG.
    Mr. Isaul LopezBasf
    Ms. Emily SkeldingWalker Environmental
    Ms. Kelly Sousa DiasPeel Region
    Mr. William St-HilaireTilton
    Ms. Sarah TaylorEnvironment and Climate Change Canada
    Ms. Margaret WojcikMinistry of the Environment, Conservation and Park


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 (SCC) and is currently the subject of a claim for exemption to the SCC since it is based on an ISO standard that was withdrawn.